|Packing your 8 track machine for maximum protection
|Your package gets bumped against others on the conveyors. It may get dropped many times. Being a smaller
package, it will be at the top of a stack that is moving at highways speeds, and will likely fall several times again
before it reaches its destination. It may be transferred from one truck to another a few times - and they don't
have time to treat everything gently . When the carrier arrives at your place of residence, your package may be
either DROPPED or THROWN if no one is there to watch. Below are just two of many examples of the result:
|Take a thick cardboard box completely apart and lay it out flat as shown. Make sure there
is at least 3 inches of extra cardboard beyond anything that extends from the unit such as
controls and connectors.
|Arranging the cardboard so that the corrugations run left to right will make it much easier
to make tight turns around the corners. Note: You don't need quite this much extra width,
but too much is better than too little. You want to wrap it TIGHT so the unit cannot twist
inside its protective cardboard sleeve.
|Make your first partial "roll", and be sure to TAPE the inner layer securely to the unit. This
will prevent the unit from sliding in the sleeve.
|Keep rolling until you have a good 3 or 4 layers of cardboard around the unit. Notice that
there's no way the unit can twist and endanger the controls. When you've finished rolling the
unit, tape up the roll tightly and place the whole works into a slightly larger box, with padding
or peanuts between the roll and the box ON ALL SIDES! It is best to have NOTHING BUT AIR
where the controls are hiding, and if you've taped it tightly when you started the roll, the unit
will not be able to slide inside the sleeve. Now if the package is dropped on its corner from
waist level (or falls from the UPS plane), the thick cardboard sleeve around the front will
protect the controls, shafts and knobs. NOW YOU'RE PROTECTED!
|I sent this
3 out of 4
|The laws of Physics
prevail as the box
stopped and the unit
"stayed in motion".
Depending on our
current workload, a
job of this nature
may be returned
unrepaired at the
|The cost to
replace the 3
pay - so he
paid $35 to
back. It was
a rare unit
from a '69
|The above pictures illustrate the importance of safe packing methods
when sending your unit in for restoration. Particularly, the front panel
and controls require extra care and protection - and are safest if there
is NO packing material jammed up against them.
Due to the high volume of our typical workload, we may opt to pass on
a job in which controls are broken due to the time and expense of locating
suitable replacements, adding shipping cost to your disappointment in
the case of a customer who still wants the broken unit back.
Please note that we choose not to be carpenters or cabinet repairmen,
and that repairing shipping damage will incur additional charges and
probably not come out looking very good due to inexperience in this area.
The box-in-a-box method with padding between boxes is always safe,
and the following procedure protects the controls using a single box: