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need help in Houston

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I am considering buying a lathe in Houston and having it shipped to VT. Normally I wouldn't buy a used machine that I can't inspect in person, but this is a nice looking solid Vicmarc recently taken from service at an attractive price, not too much that can go wrong with it and parts are available. What I need is someone who could inspect it, check for any problems and arrange to palletize or crate it and deliver it to a freight depot for shipment. The lathe is on a stand and weighs in the neighborhood of 700#. I don't believe the seller has a forklift so a rollback truck, drop trailer or similar, or several strong backs, would be needed. I'm willing to pay a reasonable fee for the service. Any suggestions?
 
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I hired a machinery mover and rigger when I bought a big architectural lathe in Arizona. Made that initial purchase price seem not so reasonable, but I was talking 3,000 pounds. They charged $600 just for the skids. I was not in a negotiating position.
 
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I probably will have to hire such a service if I do this, but am hoping to get specific local recommendations. It's hard to know who to trust from a distance. If I were on the scene I would look for a towing company that would work with me to get it on a pallet.
 
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You could look into UShip.com and get a competitive bid on shipping your machine, many of these haulers will coordinate
the loading and unloading of the equipment for you, saving you money in the long run.
 
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I am considering buying a lathe in Houston and having it shipped to VT. Normally I wouldn't buy a used machine that I can't inspect in person, but this is a nice looking solid Vicmarc recently taken from service at an attractive price, not too much that can go wrong with it and parts are available. What I need is someone who could inspect it, check for any problems and arrange to palletize or crate it and deliver it to a freight depot for shipment. The lathe is on a stand and weighs in the neighborhood of 700#. I don't believe the seller has a forklift so a rollback truck, drop trailer or similar, or several strong backs, would be needed. I'm willing to pay a reasonable fee for the service. Any suggestions?
Just a thought- would it be worth flying to Texas for a few days to inspect the lathe and arrange shipping?
 
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