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jlasater
How would one go about arranging shipment of something as large as a 716 or 720 tractor? I had looked at buying a snowblower for my Ford LT110 a year ago, but was never able to figure out who to contact for cross country truck freight, so I gave up on that deal. Delivery on my end is no problem, I have access to a forklift.[A href='http://www.wheatfarm.com']http://www.wheatfarm.com[/a]

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SmilinSam
I'm a retired truck fleet/warehouse manager and will try to help you. Look in your local telephone book for one of the following LTL (means; Less-Than-Load) truck carriers. Yellow Freight, Consolidated Freightways, Conway Express, Roadway, ABF, American Freightways. Call and their folks will give you the cost of the shipment and delivery schedule. They will pick it up at your door. Tell them you have a Forklift for loading on tail of trailer. Driver usually has a "hand-jack" to move it in trailer. When you ship it, make sure you have a copy of the Bill of Lading with a sticker they usually attach to your copy with the "Pro Number" printed on it. This is for tracibility and claims purposes. ANOTHER HINT: If you have any friends that work at a manufacturing company in Shipping Dept., as long as you pay the freight up-front direct to trucking company, their employer might let them ship it from their dock and use their "freight reduction" high-volumn rate (usually 50% off). Built a good box around it for complete protection. You can leave the battery in it (unhooked) but NO gasoline. Hope this helps you. Marion W. Kerr

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Rob-B
when checking with truck freight don't be surprized with the prices you get. i'm trying to send a snow blower to mid west from new england. it ways 200# with pallet that it is straped to and they want $425.00 without my employers discount, $210 with. a friend of mine bought a 6-wheeler off of e-bay recently and it was cheaper for him to send it from ca. to ct. AIR frieght than by truck. go figure and i work for the railroad! good luck i'm interested in knowing how you make out. me i'm going to disassemble the snowblower and do 3/4 boxes. they take up to 150# now! goood luck rob-b rogerhey@yahoo.com

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jlasater
Thanks for the info! The local companies I called mainly did short haul, and didn't have a clue how to deal with cross country shipping.[A href='http://www.wheatfarm.com']http://www.wheatfarm.com[/a]

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JDSnyder
In trying to arrange pickup of a tractor purchase off Ebay, I was referred to a guy who does tractor hauling. He's really into the green ones (John Deere), but will haul others. You may have to arrange with the seller to store the unit until this guy makes a trip in that particular direction. He's out of Texas and seems to work the central, south and midwest U.S. He has a website at Deerehunters.com, email at jshaver@onr.com, and phone at (512)413-4799. I was quoted $300.00 for a haul from Indiana to Colorado. Hope this helps. By the way, I didn't get the Ebay bid after making arrangements.

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