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Thread: How to package a F.W. machine for shipping?

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    Super Member ArchaicArcane's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    The issue that I have has with hard foam/styro is it was packed so tight that the shocks were transmitted directly to the unit inside.
    DH works for one of the big shippers. He brought up a good point about the styro foam - Once it takes an impact once - from the machine or externally, that portion of the foam is "Crushed" and stays that way. Its impact resistance is compromised in that spot for the rest of the trip. If nothing hits it, it's fine, but if it does, it's a one-use item. Hopefully the conditions that let it happen once were removed.

    It can't be the only protection either. I found a good combination of everything - soft foam packed tightly between machine and box, bubble wrap around the pedal until it was lodged tightly in the harp and no chance to move, double box, and styro foam to take up the big spaces. Then I cut the soft foam and bubble wrap to fit the smaller spaces and made sure the box had a little tension from the packing materials on top and bottom before I did the box up.

    Edit: And don't forget to bag and bubble wrap the attachments and extra plates. They will end up -everywhere- and can do almost as much destruction (especially throat plates) as the pedal.

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    Super Member Grama Lehr's Avatar
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    The machine should be on my front porch on Tuesday.
    I will let you know how it fares. . . . . . . . .
    Please keep your fingers crossed!!
    Marie

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid View Post
    Does anyone else remember when a forum member bought a FW from ebay and the seller slapped the address label right on the FW's carrying case and sent it on it's way :0
    My son bought a fw from ebay and this is exactly how they shipped it....unbelievable!
    Lynn

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    Super Member Grama Lehr's Avatar
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    Ladies, with all of your help and advise, my sister was able to pack up my FW. FED EX delivered it last night, without a scratch or bump on it!! Now, I must admit she did an AWESOME job of packing it up!! It took my hubby a half an hour to take off all of the packing. It was a combination of bubble wrap, styrafoam, peanuts, shrink wrap, an old beach towel, some flannel and everything in seperate bags.
    The little feather weight just purrs. I have every attachment, screw drivers, oil can, lube gel, manual, needles, bobbins that originally came with the machine. I could not believe how good it looked. I don't think they used it very much. But, they did take good care of it. It was stored inside the house. The former owners wanted someone to buy buy it that would use and love it, not re-sell it for a profit. I fit the bill!!!
    Thank you once again for helping me plan out her trip from Oregon to Southern California!!
    Marie

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