Should I Move the Shop, or Start Over ?????

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EdM

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Well, my wife and I finally decided to pack it in and move from Long Island down to SE Florida, Boynton or Delray Beach.
Listed the house 3 weeks ago, sold it for asking price in 3 days, and now planning to make the move mid August.
We had our first movers come in today and give us an estimate, and they want 3-4K just to move my shop, due to the estimated weight.
I don't think I paid more than 3K for my power tools and tool boxes.

So, what do you think ? Should I bite the bullet and move the stuff, or sell it off and repurchase once I'm down there ???

Ed
 
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One issue I encountered when I sold my house and moved the shop was damage to my shop equipment. Furniture movers are not machinery movers. They hooked ratchet straps to the blade guide on my bandsaw (bent it) and a handwheel on my tablesaw (broke it). They broke the cast iron leg of a workbench, and stood my lathe on end and twisted the bed. Most stationary power tools are way heavier than any furniture, and it takes some knowledge and equipment to move them safely and without damage. I agree with @pshrynk that selling is the better option.
 

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If your tools are easily replaced or you want to take the opportunity to upgrade then flog and buy new. If you have special tools that are hard to replace like old iron 16" jointers or a pattern makers lathe you would want to crate them yourself and bring them. The other thing to consider is will you have the same sized shop/bigger/ smaller because if you move into a place that is smaller there may not be room for some of it? You could look into the cost of crating and freighting the tools separately. Hope the move is fun and works out for you guys.

Oh take the opportunity to get a Clear Vue or Oneida Cylone in the new shop before all the money is spent on useless things like furniture and lawn chairs. :smile:
 

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*IF* you decide to move, look for specialty movers that can move machinery. I know from experience that there a special companies that move pianos and electronic organs.
 

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It depends on what you own and what replacements would cost.

It’d cost me lots to replace my Unisaw and all the accessories it’s paired with and I doubt the quality would match up at twice the price.

All this to reiterate: it depends.
 

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When I moved back from Japan, I brought my Rikon lathe, and bench top radial drill press, my contractors saw, thickness planer, and a ton of other tools with me. However, I started about 6 months prior to leaving and made my own crates for each heavy tool and filled them with hand tools and parts. They were heavy but they were in movable crates. I didn't have any damage in the move from Japan to my MS home. We did not have any broken dishes either. I am kind obsessive and tend to overbuild or over use packing material. It worked. We packed boxes of things but the movers packed the furniture. They did as good a job as I did, but I still didn't trust them with our very delicate items or my tools.
 

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Ed, I just went through two moves in the last year and a half, and I kept my tools. They all were in to good of condition to sell, nobody would have paid half of what they were worth. For the first move, my brother and I packed and moved everything ourselves. It wasn't all that hard, and it made sure my tools were packed and protected the way I thought they should be. For the second move, I hired a professional moving company my girlfriend had used in the past. The owner of the moving company, wouldn't move my tools with our other furniture. He stated that I would need to have him make a second trip with the tools, he said that tools don't belong on the same truck as furniture. I didn't mind, because I didn't want everything on the same truck anyway. So he moved everything for me in two trips, which was fine as the move wasn't very gar from point A to point B. But, if I were moving any distance, I would purchase a vehicle and move my tools that way. I did that once in the past, and I had no problem selling the vehicle I bought for the move. But for that move, I didn't have the tools I now own. And most of the tools that I now own, are in next to new condition and have used very little. I lost everything in the line of tools, in a garage fire years ago. And I replaced everything with the insurance check, and have added other tools to the collection. So, maybe you could look into buying a truck or large trailer, and move your tools yourself. It would save a lot of money, plus it would give you a place to store your tools, until you bought a place. It's something to think about, and it's another option that maybe you didn't think about. Let us know what you decide, I'm interested in what you do choose to do now. Good luck.

Len
 

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Probably something you should have given some thought to before you put the house up for sale. Do you have a house at the other end or is things going to storage?? Have to consider storage pricing as well. If you have a house and a shop do you have a place for the equipment you have now?? Would you want to keep your tools and no one can answer that for you. Easy for us to say yea go buy new. If you do not take with you will you try to sell and what time frame are you talking about?? Take some tools you really want and sell of others. Buy replacement down there as you find a need. Not an easy call and you will have to make that one. Good luck.
 

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Seems like a no brainer. The cost to move your shop is more than the purchase price of your tools - tools that are now worth less, substantially less probably. If you have the money to move them, then save yourself one more moving hassle and, as Jeff pointed out, possible damage to your stuff.

I’d sell and buy replacements in Florida. Good luck with your move, Ed!

Russ
 

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If the coat of moving exceeds cost of replacement, makes no since to move it. If value is greater than cost of moving, move it. Use a professional, bonded and insured mover. When I moved from Houston to Indianapolis, we had stuff damaged. It was all repaired or replaced. Stuff will be damaged, just expect it. Being there when they pack stuff helps, but our stuff was packed on a single semi, moved somewhere, unloaded, repacked into “vaults” (big plywood boxes that can be moved by forklift), stored for a period and loaded back onto two semi’s and a 5 ton.

The stuff we expected to be damaged wasn’t. Things like floor lamp, coffee maker, generator were.

My move cost my company $23,000 for 1 full semi and 1000 miles.
 

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I moved from Pennsylvania to Texas a few years back, sold big equipment saws, but packed up all my hand tools, wasn’t to bad as far as cost, but that is true it can cost more to move than selling it and buying new, RJ
 

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If the coat of moving exceeds cost of replacement, makes no since to move it. If value is greater than cost of moving, move it. Use a professional, bonded and insured mover. When I moved from Houston to Indianapolis, we had stuff damaged. It was all repaired or replaced. Stuff will be damaged, just expect it. Being there when they pack stuff helps, but our stuff was packed on a single semi, moved somewhere, unloaded, repacked into “vaults” (big plywood boxes that can be moved by forklift), stored for a period and loaded back onto two semi’s and a 5 ton.

The stuff we expected to be damaged wasn’t. Things like floor lamp, coffee maker, generator were.

My move cost my company $23,000 for 1 full semi and 1000 miles.
I moved 63 miles and had a full semi. They tried charging me $26,000 and tried to add on an unloading fee of $6,000 after the fact. For an estimate of $14,000.
 
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