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jfeniello
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Posted Fri Mar 14, 2014, 1:00pm
Subject: Shipping tips
 

I'm looking at buying a used db machine.  The seller has the original packaging.  Any tips on shipping?  Packaging, Carriers, cost savings, etc. ?

thanks
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Posted Fri Mar 14, 2014, 3:50pm
Subject: Re: Shipping tips
 

Without knowing the machine you bought, the answer is generic. If possible drain the boiler or have antifreeze put in it. You do not want a frozen boiler as it will cause major damage but be sure to use food safe antifreeze.

If small enough, double box the machine and have it packed so it will not be hurt by a 6 foot drop ( it just may get that drop). If it is a bigger machine, again double box and pack very solidly to prevent any possible movement and strap it down to a pallet.

Get it insured for the full retail value that it would cost to be replaced should it be damaged and another machine needs to be found.

 
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jfeniello
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Posted Fri Mar 14, 2014, 4:02pm
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Thanks
It's an Alex Duetto II
I read somewhere that they disconnect something inside when shipping new ones, but can't find that reference now.

Any advice on shipping company? (ups, fedex ground, other)

thanks, just hoping for it to arrive alive :),
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Posted Fri Mar 14, 2014, 5:02pm
Subject: Re: Shipping tips
 

I am not aware of anything that is disconnected for shipping but I suppose there might be something. Have the seller make sure everything is packed tightly, movement is not a good thing. Do double box,
I have had good and bad from the two big guys so I don't have a preference. Do either have the boilers drained or take care to prevent freeze damage.

Good luck and enjoy!

 
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Posted Sat Mar 15, 2014, 2:21pm
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Ive heard that Grainger supply has a shipping service. Has anyone used them to ship a machine?
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Posted Sat Mar 15, 2014, 2:25pm
Subject: Re: Shipping tips
 

I don't know if it is feasible, but when I bought my Izzo Alex from Chris Coffee it was crated.  The nicely packed cardboard boxing that was the original was well surrounded by wood crating.  Adds to the weight, but in some very heavy items it is much better to be safe that sorry.

I know I wouldn't be interested in buying a big, heavy espresso machine packed any other way.

Just my $0.02 worth!  :)

 
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Posted Sat Mar 15, 2014, 9:30pm
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jfeniello Said:

Thanks
It's an Alex Duetto II
I read somewhere that they disconnect something inside when shipping new ones, but can't find that reference now.

Any advice on shipping company? (ups, fedex ground, other)

thanks, just hoping for it to arrive alive :),
-jim

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Shipped from the factory, they remove the nut/capillary tub going from the boiler to the steam pressure gauge and zip tie to inside tube or frame . If you remove the top cover it is identified as the thin copper tube that is coiled. Left on, shipping vibration snaps the thin tube off at the fitting.  Many were delivered broken before the change. Whatever shipping company you choose- at  minimum- double box with expandable foam packs and/or crate. Pay for the insurance and pray. Many of these get damaged due to the heavy weight centered in the bottom and poor packaging practices. These are heavy items.
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