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Old November 14th, 2017, 11:18 AM
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How to ship axles

I've shipped just about everything but have never shipped a set of axles so I'm looking for some guidance on best way to ship. I'll use Fastenal, that much I know but my question is really about packaging, crating, palleting, etc.... I'm not going to be much interested in building a crate for them but thinking of maybe a double pallet and strapping them on? I have two complete axles to ship.

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Old November 14th, 2017, 11:26 AM
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I just received two complete axles from AZ and they were strapped to a pallet and then wrapped in clear plastic wrap. Ridiculously heavy, and by the time they showed up the pallet was falling apart. Be careful with the backing plates getting bent up, so you may want to block up under each axle if possible to keep the weight off of them. You may also want to put a sheet of plywood on top of the pallet to help disburse the load better as opposed to the thin strips of wood being exposed.
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Old November 14th, 2017, 11:32 AM
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You may also want to put a sheet of plywood on top of the pallet to help disburse the load better as opposed to the thin strips of wood being exposed.
ha- I was just thinking that when you wrote it!

I would just use the pallets as a template for some 3/4" ply and screw the crap out of it into them.
Then screw some lashing points to the ply and ratchet-strap...


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add sides and a top to the pallets to form a crate?
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If you can find the long pallets that refrigerators get shipped on they would be perfect. Very heavy duty block pallet and narrow/long
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Maybe sit them on an old tire and strap them to a pallet like we do engines.
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found this example.
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Old November 14th, 2017, 05:35 PM
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Some great ideas. Thanks guys. Doesn't seem like it will be as big a pain in the ass as I initially thought.
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found this example.
No way I'd ship anything with any point of my cargo hanging off the end of a pallet !
You're just asking for your item to be damaged OR damage other people's stuff.

Just make a custom pallet & make sure it's able to be lifted by a forklift or pallet jack.
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Anyone know the approximate weight of a D1 front and rear axle (complete assembly to the hubs)? Don't need exact weight but just a good ballpark.

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Another thought is if you have a 4 Wheel Parts near you they sell full length completed axles now in some stores. Maybe if they've installed a set recently to have a crate for you?
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Anyone know the approximate weight of a D1 front and rear axle (complete assembly to the hubs)? Don't need exact weight but just a good ballpark.

Thanks in advance!
I am guessing around 350 - 400 lbs total for both axles.
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I am guessing around 350 - 400 lbs total for both axles.

Hub and rotor 45 lbs x 4 = 180 lbs
Stub axles 5 lbs x 4 = 20 lbs
Swivel housing 20 lbs x 2 = 40 lbs
Swivel balls 10 lbs x 2 = 20 lbs
Front axles 20 lbs
Axle casing 30 lbs x 2 = 60 lbs
Front and rear diffs 60 lbs x 2 = 120 lbs
Rear axles 25 lbs

I'd figure closer to 500 pounds for the front and rear axle plus whatever the weight is of the reinforced pallet. I'd book it for 600 lbs total just to cover myself.
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