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Re: [TowerTalk] Shipping heliax

To: Patrick Barkey <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Shipping heliax
From: jimlux <>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2009 20:16:09 -0700
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Patrick Barkey wrote:
> Does anyone have any experience with freight companies handling shipments of
> heliax?  I have two 4 foot diameter coils of 7/8 inch heliax that need to
> travel out here to Montana.  They weigh about 70 lbs. each.  UPS won't take
> them, and Fed Ex wants an exhorbitant (> $1K) amount of money.
> I think I need a trucking firm to do it.  Any experience out there?  Thanks.

I've used Old Dominion Freight Lines and Yellow Freight in days gone by 
for pallet sized things (e.g. a 19" rack on a pallet).. There's actually 
a lot of companies that do "less than load" (LTL) shipping. A couple 
things to think about: Do you have a forklift or other way to unload the 

For interstate trucking, the actual rates are regulated, so you'll pay 
the same basic rate for the same freight regardless of company.  You'll 
need to know the "class" of your freight (a number from 50 to several 
hundred that defines what kind of stuff it is and how delicate it is.. 
as I recall Class 55 is stuff like scrap iron.. I seem to remember 
shipping surplus equipment racks with gear in them as class 100 or 120)
(some googling turned up: )

  What really changes is ancillary services and convenience. Some 
companies will deliver to anywhere. Some will only deliver to a loading 

Sometimes, you can get a better deal by picking up your freight at the 

Call around.  If you know a business that ships this kind of stuff near 
you ask who they use.

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