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How to ship a 40 pound speaker

Discussion in 'Packing & Shipping' started by Wardsweb, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. Wardsweb

    Wardsweb Behind The Curtain Staff Member Admin

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    Thought I would show how I packed a McCauley 6174 18" ultra sub. This thing is huge and comes in close to 40 pounds before boxing. I started with a 350 pound double wall box. I lined the bottom with 2 inches of high density foam. I bolted the driver to a piece of 1/2 inch plywood using 1/4" bolts and star nuts. It is held in place with styrafoam corner blocks. These are held in place with 1 inch foam sheets. Then I added 2 inch block to keep the entire piece from lifting off the bottom. I cut some 2 inch foam to fit around the magnet assembly and filled it with three more pieces of 2 inch foam. This thing is bullet proof now. I know it's serious overkill but new this driver was $800. I sold this one on Ebay for $410.
     

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  2. markthefixer

    markthefixer On Hiatus, dealing with Dad's estate full time Subscriber

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    Dat foam is sure purdy.....

    Is it more like extruded( hard) or expanded (softer, like a styrofoam cup) polystyrene, polyethylene or like carpet padding?

    Where did you get it...

    (almost) dying to know...

    mtf
     
  3. Wardsweb

    Wardsweb Behind The Curtain Staff Member Admin

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    I'm not sure what kind it is. I get it from work. We have some chassis' made by a contract manufacturer that ships to use using this foam as filler. It is harder than styrofoam, denser than carpet foam and you can cut it with a kitchen knife. If Grumpy sees this, maybe he give some insight, as I know he has been looking for a supplier of this stuff.
     
  4. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Thanks for sharing... I have an Altec 604B that needs to go to Great Plains, and I am terrified to ship it. I was thinking about building a crate, but your approach looks pretty darned sensible.
     
  5. Paulfxl

    Paulfxl Active Member

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    I've seen that type of foam in electronics packaging too,

    I'm voting that is is Polyethylene foam.

    vs

    Styrofoam which is Polystyrene foam

    vs

    Polyurethane Foam, which is the foam in place stuff. I have some grey, small celled dense springy foam that I think is also polyurethane.

    I've never found foam sheets other than the styrofoam type the are reasonably prices. I'd like to find something with a little more "spring" than styrofoam.
     
  6. Dynacophil

    Dynacophil I ain't Phil, I'm 'phile

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    10 points of possible 10
     

     

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  7. glen65

    glen65 Member

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    When that much bread is on the line there's no such
    thing as overkill. If you didnt pack it the way you did chances
    are the only thing that would get killed is the merchandise.
     
  8. Stephen J

    Stephen J Suum Cuique

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    I wonder if he has tried The Foam Factory on M59 ? :scratch2:
     
  9. Frank Zappa

    Frank Zappa Active Member

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    That packing job is almost artistic!
     
  10. botrytis

    botrytis Trying not to be a Small Speaker Hoarder Subscriber

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    Luther does everything artistic.
     
  11. Jedi

    Jedi Super Member

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    Ah yes , green polyethylene lam...1.9 dens . We have sheets of this at work . It's the least expensive of the p/e's .
     

     

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  12. Jedi

    Jedi Super Member

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    ..Oh forgot to mention that you can use a heat gun or even a hair drier to bond these pieces together if needed . It's a much better bond than any glue will give you . I work with this stuff all day .
    Great job on the packing .
    Rudy .
     
  13. theoman

    theoman Confused Member Subscriber

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    getting ready to ship 220 lbs. used 4 layers of 3/4 pink stuff from home depot
    [​IMG]
     

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  14. petehall347

    petehall347 the brandy coffee man Subscriber

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    how many kg is that ? ..i am sorting out one now 21kg bbc monitor ls3/1 ..am having box made just need the filling now .
     
  15. moebuster

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    good luck with the shipping goons!
    buyer just sent this-
    USPS in this case but UPS can do t as well.
    A$$Holes!
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  16. jdurbin1

    jdurbin1 Tandberg enthusiast Subscriber

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    Perhaps instead of just ranting (you're frustrated, we get it), you might mention the specifics of how that speaker was packed?

    You can't ship large heavy items and expect them to be treated delicately, by ANY carrier. Knowing that a certain amount of rough handling is likely going to happen and addressing that with well-crafted inner pack & stout enough boxing is the key to packing successfully.

    John
     
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  17. soundoc03

    soundoc03 Super Member

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    Fedex has boxes that they call "golf" which are double walled and perfectly sized for shipping large heavy bookself speakers. I recently used them to ship AR3a and KLH-Fives which arrived without a scratch or ding. The AR3as were actually shipped and packed by Fedex and to my horror and astonishment were just placed in the boxes without any other packing material and they still made from Boston to Spokane in one piece! (not recommended)
     
  18. aldread

    aldread Well-Known Member

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    Pool noodles... You need foam that absorbs shock without deforming or breaking. Fasten it to the edges and corners of a speaker, you'll never have a problem.
     
  19. Dynacophil

    Dynacophil I ain't Phil, I'm 'phile

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    A speaker should have corner- and edge-covers when packed for shipping.
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    I'd pack a speaker for shipping like this:

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    and it still goes better, double box...
     
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  20. AudioCarMan

    AudioCarMan New Member

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    If the seller is an occasional seller that just wants to sell his "toys" because he doesn't use them anymore, he won't probably have corner and edge covers or a long roll of bubblewrap at his house to triple-layer the speaker. I agree with you that it can be done very well, but it is also pricey. I am not saying that the items should be sent just in a box without any protection, though.
    You are defenitely a seller everybody would love to buy from and very detailed. :^ )

    In any case, some of you may think I am too extremist, but just to be sure that the items arrives in good condition, I always try to ship amplifiyer nobs in these type of boxes:

    [​IMG]

    I bubblewrap them well before, just to add some extra precaution here and there.
     
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