So… I go to FedEx Office and they look and look and look at it. Then they weigh it and look at it and decide it’s too big to ship. They set me up a business account so I can ship it freight then take the computer and box it up for shipping with them. $33 plus a bit for packing. Not too bad.
Then they said get some bubble wrap, straps, and a pallet to ship the CNC mill via FedEx Freight. I was told to go behind Wal-Mart and just grab one. <EEEK!> Happily, I picked up a shipping blanket and ratchet straps at Home Depot and I asked the guys moving pallets around if they had one I could get from them - and they did.
YAY! I didn’t have to steal one!
I took it to FedEx Freight, or really, I tried to. Google took me to the wrong entrance. I found the right one with the help of some FedEx employees taking a smoke break. I had to check in with the gate guard then drive down an extremely long building to dock 120. Once there I talked to 5 different people to get the form needed, fill it out, then hurry and move the rental car so a truck could back in to unload.
Luckily another driver helped me unload the 138lb mill and place it on the pallet. (Who knew a pallet would fit flat in the back of a Ford Explorer?) I wrapped it, strapped it to the pallet, and waited another 15 minutes for someone to come out with a forklift and away it went! Now to wait and see how long it takes to arrive.
I have to say, that freight terminal was amazing! Multiple football fields would fit inside it. I was in the middle and I couldn’t see the ends. Forklifts were running everywhere and pallets were being moved around in an artful manner. It was impressive.