I just shipped 2-'27 Coupe quarter panels this morning. The guy that bought them setup his own shipping. He use Fastenal. He said all the quotes I got were to high.
When I got to Fastenal store, I told them, I didn't realized that they shipped stuff for people. He said that they ship their inventory all over the US every day, and their trucks are rarely full. So they take other shipments with theirs. You just have to put it on a pallet, and drop it off at the store. Then they send it right out with theirs, and then who you ship it to, goes to picks it up at the store near them.
A 48"x48" pallet cost $45.00 to ship, whether it's a door handle, or a motor & tranny, or a stack of fenders it does not matter as long as everything fits on the pallet. And that they can pick it up with their loader.
They do take longer things, because the guy I sold them to, had house doors shipped cross country to him by them.
Sure beats the heck out of the prices, I've seen in a long time.
Note to self: buy Fastenal stock.
I like that, and the price is low. I've used Greyhound in the past. You drop stuff off at a terminal. They'll take anything that will fit in a bus luggage compartment, and it need not be crated or boxed. I got an antique chair one time, and shipped other things.
Greyhound price to ship the quarters were $88.00 plus. I have heard of people either taking for ever to get their stuff, and some not getting them at all.
UPS was $150.00 to ship them, Fedex was a little less then ups.
USPS uses UPS on their oversize stuff, so no saving there.
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looks good to me.
Do you have to provide your own pallet?
Do they call you when your parts have arrived?
Or give a tracking number?
Sounds like a good way to ship bulky items.
I have been skeptical of Greyhound as well.
Yes, you have to get your own pallet.
I just took a couple of used 2x4's, and screwed some used 1x4's to the top of them only. I bought some metal strapping with the holes in it, for $1.29, and screwed the the quarters down to the pallet, so that they would stay. Two of them, actually picked up the pallet off my trailer for me, by hand.
I'll definitely be using them again!
There are some issues with Fastenal shipping over the mountains. I received prices to ship Tires to California and it was very reasonable until they went over the mountains, and they then tacked on an extra amount for that. Inquire and they will explain. Very good way to ship large or heavy or bulky items. They will call you when it arrives at the closest Fastenel and you can pick it up and they will set the pallet on your truck or trailer. I have used them quite a bit.
Fastenal seems like a good way to ship a block for new babbit work.
It would save me from driving two hours each way when I need work done on an engine block.
they ship by the lb, so don't think you are going to ship a motor for 45.00. but still the best way to ship big stuff . charley
I talked to a guy today that shipped a Cummings diesel engine by them, and it cost him $60.00. I don't know why the difference in cost, but thats still cheap.
When I was there talking to the guy about shipping, he didn't say anything about weight, only it needs to fit the pallet. They just put my pallet with the others to go out, no weighing.
How do they handle loss or damage issues?
At the risk of hijacking this thread, it has reminded me that I need to make enquiries regarding shipping Model T engine parts from SoCal & Texas to me down-under.
I know that UPS and FedEx do a good job, but their prices are astronomical.(...almost criminal) Can any of you make any recommendations for me.....please?
Given that there will be a complete Rootlieb speedster body kit to follow soon, should I find myself an agent of some sort?
My apologies for the hijack....sorry.
For parts shipping - small and large - Fastenal:
(you will have to copy and paste the whole link)
See if there is a store near the pick up and drop off locations here:
Here is one persons opinion on them:
"I've used them at least 25 times in the past years (both ways...coming and going), and I will continue to use them for large/heavy/bulky items.
There are a couple of things to remember if you choose to use their service.....
1) Sheet metal and fiberglass are a NO NO for them, UNLESS it's CRATED and cushioned/protected. They have had a TON of claims for pieces shipped with a label stuck on it and NO crate or packaging. CRATE AND PACKAGE IT for your protection and the protection of the sender. I can see a time that they will say "NO MORE, you hot rodders are costing us money with your fenders and doors"...........I've already experienced this with some 'glass Willys stuff, until I convinced the sender to crate it....I paid him to do it.
2) Make sure for HEAVY items (engines) that both the sending store and the receiving store have forklift service available for loading and unloading.
3) Understand going in, your parcel is NOT a priority. They are attempting to fill one of their trucks making a FASTENAL store run for inventory re supply or a special order for one of their industrial account customers, and they will include your parcel if there is room/to help fill the truck. Your shipping cost helps offset their cost to operate their business. They are offering you a service to help them reduce their operations costs. This said, your parcel may not be ready for pickup at the destination in 2-3 days....might take as long as a week, depending on the space available. I've NEVER had anything take more than 5 business days, from St. Louis to anywhere in the lower 48.
4) Make sure both the sender and the receiver know this is NOT a delivery to your house or business.....it's deliver to the local store for departure and pick up from the store upon arrival.
No, I don't own stock in Fastenal, I'm just a fan of their service and the AAAAA number one service I've received from my local guy and Tonya (rate quoter in the home office). My local store manager knew nothing of this service until I started using them. He called corporate, got the low down from the "3rd Party Logistics Coordinator" (Tonya) and everything has been flawless since then."
Rob, see if you can find a company that ships internationally by container. When I had the sign business some European customers would have their orders sent to the east coast for transshipment by container. It's slower than by air, but I gather they saved a lot on shipping that way.
Yes this is what I had in mind. Its not as if I'm in any hurry for the parts, seeing as I've been planning for and waiting for this project for over 10 years now.
I'll investigate it. Thanks.