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Old 01-10-2008, 8:14 PM
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Question How Do I Move A Large Safe ?

What special equipment and tools are best to move a large 800-1,000 lb safe ? I may have to move one sometime soon, I will NOT be tipping it up on a large hand truck as if it were a refrigerator, much too dangerous. I can rent a lift gate truck for transport but need ideas on how best to move safe to truck. Any ideas or experiences would be appreciated.
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Pipes and plywood has worked great for me in the past...

Also a good sized floor jack if the safe has wheels or is raised on a platform.
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Pipes and plywood has worked great for me in the past...

Also a good sized floor jack if the safe has wheels or is raised on a platform.
haa it worked for the pyramids
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Old 01-10-2008, 8:43 PM
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WITH A STRONG BACK. Call uHaul and rent a heavy duty dolly. The balance point mitigates the weight to some extent.My safe is 600 lbs and I moved it myself with a hand truck (former Teamster tricks)
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What special equipment and tools are best to move a large 800-1,000 lb safe ?


Seriously, using metal pipes and/or plywood is your best bet. Just be sure to belay the safe if you have to move it over any inclines.
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For mine it took 2 other guys and a 12 pack of beer. Dolly from UHaul too.

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What special equipment and tools are best to move a large 800-1,000 lb safe ? I may have to move one sometime soon, I will NOT be tipping it up on a large hand truck as if it were a refrigerator, much too dangerous. I can rent a lift gate truck for transport but need ideas on how best to move safe to truck. Any ideas or experiences would be appreciated.
When you rent the truck, make sure that the truck and lift gate is rated for 50% more than the total load and also rent a pallet jack, pads and 2" straps. Use 4X4s and rollers to get it in position to pick it up with the pallet jack. When it's in the truck, raise it up and set it back down on 4X4s centered just forward of the load wheels and then strap it down, GOOD!

When getting it out of the truck, use chocks or wedges to block wheels to keep your pallet and load from getting away from you.

Call me if you lose it and drop it on it's face! :-)

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A pallet jack works well. You can rent them or Harbor Frieght tools sells one for $200 and they have sales and coupons all the time.

If you are goingt o roll it over carpet you will need some plywood or metal to roll it on.

I would rent a trailer to move it so that I wouldn't have to lift is as high as a truck bed.
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Pay the money and use a safe mover.
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Pay the money and use a safe mover.

Thats what everyone was telling me to do. But My buddy and I did it by ourselves. Wasn't that big of a deal. I walked mine along cardboard sheet I layed down. Pretty fast.
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A safe company would probably use "rolla-lifts". Go down to the local moving company and see if they would loan, rent, etc., a set. They are a pair of hydraulic lifts that go under the edge of each side of the safe. Did it over the years for some of the casinos in Vegas.(a few didn't have loading docks and had to use a lift gate. Went so far as to take one down a walkboard.

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Thats what everyone was telling me to do. But My buddy and I did it by ourselves. Wasn't that big of a deal. I walked mine along cardboard sheet I layed down. Pretty fast.
And if your buddy twists his back or if falls on his foot?

No homeowner's/renter's insurance?

Even if your buddy doesn't become a non-buddy and sue, his health insurance might well sue you.

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It took a lot of work, but I was able to move my 600+ pound safe to my upstairs office using a checkbook. Its amazing how much leverage that little bugger has.
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This guy can lift 22,000 lb's by himself. Might not help you, but might give you a few ideas.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=lRRDzFROMx0
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Furniture Dolly they have four wheels just lean the safe enough to get the dolly under.
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A bunch of golf balls will move it across the floor with easy.
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Pneumatic hand truck / furniture dolly. That's what the safe mover/installer used to move my 800 lb safe all by himself. He took it down from his truck on a lift gate, used it to go up a 12" ledge into my house, and then used it to slowly go up the stairs to my bedroom.

The one the safe mover had used larger rubber tires so it didn't ruin my tile or wood flooring.



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Thats what everyone was telling me to do. But My buddy and I did it by ourselves. Wasn't that big of a deal. I walked mine along cardboard sheet I layed down. Pretty fast.
thats what i did as well...worked just fine
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Pneumatic hand truck / furniture dolly. That's what the safe mover/installer used to move my 800 lb safe all by himself. He took it down from his truck on a lift gate, used it to go up a 12" ledge into my house, and then used it to slowly go up the stairs to my bedroom.
How is your upstairs floor holding up? I was going to put my 560lb safe upstairs but after doing the math it came out to over 1.5psi of load. Anything over 1psi is generally too heavy for an upstairs floor.
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It took a lot of work, but I was able to move my 600+ pound safe to my upstairs office using a checkbook. Its amazing how much leverage that little bugger has.
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Two big guys and a refrigerator dolly moved mine the last time.

When I originally bought it, I walked it home two blocks from the store using the pallet that it was mounted on and a pallet jack. That was entertaining in a couple of places, to say nothing of the looks on the faces of passers-by.
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Don't chance it. Just pay a safe mover. Frankly, I think it's kind of crummy to solicit your friend's help in such a dangerous (for the untrained and unequipped) undertaking.
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A large safe dolly. Ask your local gun shop if they have one you can borrow, or rent.
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How is your upstairs floor holding up? I was going to put my 560lb safe upstairs but after doing the math it came out to over 1.5psi of load. Anything over 1psi is generally too heavy for an upstairs floor.
You can build a simple frame to sit the safe on that redistributes the load to a slightly larger footprint.
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Just be careful going up and down stairs. If that thing falls just make sure it doesnt land on no one. At work we use a heavy duty dolly with a strap on it. If you get 2 or three guys 4 or 5 if going up stairs or down stairs youll be fine. Try to feel it out and use your judgement to see if you and your friends feel confident about it. If you dont dont do it
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