David - On the tractor, you might want to see about finding someone to
haul that for you. It's been a long time for me so don't have details
anymore, but I needed some 3 pallets from PA to CA and had no urgency.
We worked with a shipping place that held the load for a convenient
truck with room and got a big discount.
I'd expect there are places to list a load online and look for a bargain
from someone with an empty trailer returning home.
For the tools, I second the idea of renting an enclosed truck. Think
about trying to keep all the tools dry if you hit some rain or security
if you park overnight. The truck may also have the ability to pull a
trailer for the tractor, but be sure to talk about the loads with a
smart person at the rental place.
On 4/15/2015 7:44 PM, Dave Cavanaugh wrote:
> All excellent points. As of now, I don't have a trailer, I am just
> exploring options. I may rent the largest flatbed that UHaul rents
> for a couple of one way trips, or I may just rent a large Ryder with a
> lift gate and be done with it. That, however, won't solve the problem
> of the tractor.
> Most of the heavy stuff consists of vintage cast iron woodworking
> power tools: 18" Powermatic planer, Delta 12/14" TS, Powermatic 10"
> TS, two shapers, wide belt sander, RAS, edge sander, drill presses,
> tenoner, mortiser, couple of medium size band saws. I will palletize
> everything that isn't on skids, and already have a pallet jack and
> will rent a forklift. I can determine the weight of each machine from
> the vendor literature, and will calculate the footprint to determine
> how much I can get on the truck or trailer. That will be at least two
> trailer loads, probably. Then all of the other shop stuff,
> workbenches, portable tools, supplies and so on are another trip.
> Then my hardwood supply, probably 1500 b/f of poplar, alder, maple and
> other odds and ends. That is a load in itself. Then there is the
> tractor. It's a New Holland TC30 with a loader and backhoe. They
> backhoe could be removed and moved separately as it adds quite a bit
> of length and a not insubstantial amount of weight to the load. And
> that is just the SHOP stuff. The tractor and accessories will require
> towing down with the trailer; I just don't see any way around it. At
> least I can take the bucket off the front and put a set of forks on
> it, for moving stuff on the other end.
> On 4/14/2015 11:38 AM, David Hillman wrote:
>> I think there's a whole bunch of relevant detail omitted here. What
>> kind of trailer? How old? Does it have brakes? What kind? How
>> heavy is it empty? How much weight are you planning to load into
>> it? Does your truck have a brake controller? If not, you're going
>> to want to install a Tekonsha Prodigy
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