NOT to pack a Kelsey Press
UPS Fails us again!
two examples below of how it should be done)
|When Logan bought his press, the seller
took it to the local UPS franchise, assuming that they would do a good
job of packing and that the press would arrive safely and intact.
Doesn't look too bad from this side...
But look inside and what a mess!
Loose pieces of Styrofoam are NOT good packing materials for a 75# Cast
Iron Printing press.
The carton is rated for 95 pounds
The press weighs 80 pounds
but the weight is not evenly distributed, so this rating is not
Shipped by a UPS store in Mobile
We would expect "professionals" to do a good job.
The main drive linkage was broken.
Admittedly a weak point in Kelsey's design, it still should not be
broken in transit
More of the damage
An overview of the damage done. The handle was snapped right off.
Repair will not be easy, but this is reparable.
Logan will replace the broken parts with new, beefier
parts made by Lou in
OTHER HAND... THESE PRESSES CAN BE SHIPPED SAFELY
See the excellent examples below
A press well-crated by Lou in
Another press well-crated by the pros at Don Black Linecasting in
Note the they used modified washers to improve the hold-down and
inserted 1x4's on both sides to keep it from sliding side to side. The
crossbar helps keep the press from falling over.
Jacqueline on the packing details:
"What I can tell you is that it was bolted through the crate and
skid. Since we didn't take the sides off of the crate it was
tricky to loosen them and free my Kelsey. (Let alone take any
photos of!) However, we did manage, eventually! They didn't use
any strapping, they just used the slotted tabs. It looks like
they have altered the washers to fit snugly. The 1x4 are
screwed into the bottom and "hugged" the press. Then the
cardboard box you see with my furniture etc kind of wedged underneath
the lever then another 1x4 screwed into place to keep that from
moving. The press didn't have ANY amount of wiggle room.
It took us a while to figure out how the press was bolted to the crate."
March 29, 2009