Truck Pickup & Delivery Services in the USA
LIFT GATE EQUIPPED TRUCKS with pallet jack are required for drums, pallets and boxes with weights greater than 50 lbs when the pickup or delivery location is not equipped with a truck dock or forklift.
DRUMS / BARRELS and any pieces over 100 lbs must be palletized. (Photo of Palletizd Drums)
STANDARD PALLET SIZE is up to 48x48 inches at the base and can be up to 88 inches in height.
Pallets over 48x48 inches will generally exceed the size capacity of standard LIFT GATES.
Pallets of weight greater than 2500 lbs will also exceed the capacity of the most standard lift gates.
Pallets more than 88 inches will exceed the door opening of a standard 20 or 40 ft ocean container.
Pallets should always have the Heat Treated HT or other mark indicating that the wood has been treated for pestilence;
Plastic and foam pallets are acceptable as long as they can accommodate the weight of the cargo placed on them.
Pallet and cargo in general should be on a concrete surface like a garage or driveway or loading area accessible by a pallet jack.
COSTS & OTHER OPTIONS
LIFT GATE TRUCK SERVICE will generally add a minimum of $75.00 if needed at pickup and another $75.00 if required for delivery;
RESIDENTIAL SERVICE will generally add a minimum of $75.00 if needed at pickup and another $75.00 if required for delivery;
Stairs or steps are likely to require a moving service or 2 man inside pickup or delivery;
Rent a UHAUL truck with a ramp and roll the barrel into the truck and deliver it to the terminal where the cargo can be palletized;
Rent a van with a cargo floor low enough to the ground that the barrel can be tipped and slid into the cargo area and then slid off and onto a pallet at the terminal.
Trailer with a ramp will also work.