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It is recommended to mail this number and your payment by letter, as paperwork is often lost or damaged if packed with the transmission.
It is often a good idea to pack and ship the flywheel, bolt, and dowels separate from the transmission. They are less likely to get lost, and it might make the difference for the transmission meeting the weight limits for UPS.
If your transmission is too large for UPS or FedEx Ground, it will need to go by motor freight. Not all freight companies will deliver to us, as we are off the beaten track. Roadway, Yellow Freight and Oak Harbor deliver here. For other truck lines, check with us first to confirm.
If you are shipping by UPS, the transmission must be fully enclosed in a heavy duty cardboard box. DO NOT ship in a wooden crate. Although this seems more solid, it is not. Many UPS depots will not accept wooden crates. UPS loads their trucks by conveyor belt, which means packages are frequently dropped from the end of the conveyor to the floor. See the photo to the right to see what happens to a wooden crate in the UPS system.
If there is a UPS Store near you, they will pack it for you, for a charge. To pack it yourself, go to a place that sells moving boxes and buy two double or triple walled corrugated cardboard boxes, one a few inches smaller than the other. Wrap the transmission in heavy plastic garbage bags and tape it snugly. Pack it into the smaller box. Put a layer of padding in first, then fill with padding around the transmission after it is in place.
If you are using newspaper, take a single sheet at a time and wad it very tightly. It will take a lot of newspaper to do the job, but the transmission must be so firmly wedged into the box that it cannot move. Then put a layer of padding in the bottom of the larger box, and pack the smaller box into it. Fill around the sides and top firmly with more padding. Use good quality packing tape liberally on the ends, and seal all loose flaps so they don't snag and tear.
Another option is something called a dish barrel. This is a heavy cardboard barrel with a metal or plastic locking lid. They are sold by moving companies, and are very sturdy. Again, pack padding firmly on all sides of the transmission.
If you are shipping by motor freight, you may be able to simply secure the transmission to a pallet. It is recommended to at least seal it snugly inside heavy duty plastic first to keep out moisture. It must be SECURELY attached to the pallet. Do not use nylon rope or other materials that will stretch, as they will quickly become loose. There are shipping depots that can strap it to the pallet for you.
Be sure to insure it and get a tracking number.
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