Buying a large cabinet safe? Don't carry it home in a pickup truck!!!

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    Buying a large cabinet safe? Don't carry it home in a pickup truck!!!

    I was working on loading up my new safe today and got a real rude awakening. There's no possible way I'm getting it out of my truck bed on a hand truck and ATV ramps.... No way, no how. I'm going to figure out a trailer instead - lower to the ground.

    Before the guy loaded it in the truck I thought it wise to move it on the ground on a hand truck to get a feel for the weight. BOY AM I GLAD I DID!!! It took 3 of us to so much as get the safe to tilt back on the hand truck. All of that going on 3-4 feet off the ground in a truck bed was a recipe for death and/or a lot of damage.

    My point is - if you're getting one of these things PLEASE know what you're getting in to ahead of time!!!! I knew it was going to be heavy, but I bit off way more than I could chew this time.

    The safe is spec'd as a 25 gun safe (60.5"H x 30"W x 25"D), 565lbs.

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    So, pay the extra few bucks for delivery? lol
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    Buy a safe around here and they deliver it to any spot in your house. Did your ask?(I know you did...) Even a small fee would be worth it...

    Nice buy! No one is going to carry that thing away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gun1 View Post
    I was working on loading up my new safe today and got a real rude awakening. There's no possible way I'm getting it out of my truck bed on a hand truck and ATV ramps.... No way, no how. I'm going to figure out a trailer instead - lower to the ground.

    Before the guy loaded it in the truck I thought it wise to move it on the ground on a hand truck to get a feel for the weight. BOY AM I GLAD I DID!!! It took 3 of us to so much as get the safe to tilt back on the hand truck. All of that going on 3-4 feet off the ground in a truck bed was a recipe for death and/or a lot of damage.

    My point is - if you're getting one of these things PLEASE know what you're getting in to ahead of time!!!! I knew it was going to be heavy, but I bit off way more than I could chew this time.

    The safe is spec'd as a 25 gun safe (60.5"H x 30"W x 25"D).


    I'm guessing the spec'd weight would be more important?

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    Happened to a friend of mine. Picked up the brandy-new big safe, dealer loaded it the back of my buddy's F250 Super Duty 4x4 Powerstroke Diesel. Backs down his sloping driveway, and with a friend and planks they slide of off the back of the truck. Safe is now on the ground but tilted against the foundation wall and two big beefy guys can't get it upright. The ultimate solution was a neighbor with a backhoe and chains ( a few days later!) to get it upright and on a proper dolly to move into the gun room.

    Call a local safe dealer and have them transport and install. Mine was under $200 and worth every nickel.
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    My issue with delivery of a safe is that I'd rather not have strangers knowing where my gun safe is hanging out. No use in making it even easier for someone that wants to do something stupid. But then I am a certified tin foil hat wearing loon when it comes to letting people know what is in my house.
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    Had my 47 cubic foot safe, 1150 lbs (and it is bolted to concrete now) professionally delivered. Even though I have a one ton truck to use. Just could not figure out how to get it back off of the truck after they fork lifted it on. Tipped the delivery man an extra $20 to use the hydro hand truck to roll it to the back of the property. He was more than happy to do so.

    Dropping a very heavy safe off of it's metal shipping skids is another story. You really do want 3 people. One to balance the safe, one to run the very large metal bar for lifting leverage and the last to keep removing thin wedges until you have each end walked down.

    Not something I want to do every Saturday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopGun47 View Post

    I'm guessing the spec'd weight would be more important?
    Fixed it for ya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Echo_Four View Post
    My issue with delivery of a safe is that I'd rather not have strangers knowing where my gun safe is hanging out. No use in making it even easier for someone that wants to do something stupid. But then I am a certified tin foil hat wearing loon when it comes to letting people know what is in my house.
    Actually, my LGS delivered the safe, and showed me how to work the combo...ya' can't change 'em. A guy's gotta' have some trust somewhere. Most of the guns I have are from there, and I wouldn't call them strangers...great people.OMO
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    my son and I moved my 1000lb er that I got last year for xmas
    laid it down inthe back of the truck put a blanket over the ramps slid it down and onto a pairr of piano dollies. made a ramp to get up the steps into the kitchen then on tho the hall then we used those slide things for moving furnature into it fanal home toook us about an hour of good hard work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Echo_Four View Post
    My issue with delivery of a safe is that I'd rather not have strangers knowing where my gun safe is hanging out. No use in making it even easier for someone that wants to do something stupid. But then I am a certified tin foil hat wearing loon when it comes to letting people know what is in my house.
    Your choice, either the couple of guys on the delivery crew or the entire local population when the article in the paper "HOMEOWNER KILLED UNDER FALLING SAFE" comes out the next day.

    At least your list of suspects is small if there is an attempted burglary after you have a moving company do it.

    I'd be afraid that I'd be shooting out body parts of multiple orifices if I tried to move something of that size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gun1 View Post
    My point is - if you're getting one of these things PLEASE know what you're getting in to ahead of time!!!! I knew it was going to be heavy, but I bit off way more than I could chew this time ... 565lbs.
    Mine at 1500 lbs was a bit of a bear to move around. Wouldn't recommend it for the unwashed (aka, the unsquashed). Glad I've had pro safe movers deal with it each time. Ending up flipping a long-bed pickup, putting a 2ft gouge in the driveway or losing a foot isn't my cuppa.
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    Mine is 7 - 800 lbs. It came on a LTL tractor trailer with a lift gate right to the house. Brought a pallet jack from work and took it around the back of the house on a couple of sheets of plywood. Had to make a small ramp to get over the threshold of the back door.

    Took off the metal shipping skids while it was on the pallet jack, lean to one side, remove jack, safe is in place. Took me and Stove Jr about an hour.
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    I would strongly suggest you have a large gun safe or any large safe delivered by a company that will bring it and unload it in a plain, unmarked white van or truck, and have the safe in an unmarked covering box as well. You don't need to advertize to anyone what's being installed for you. It's just another step in good security.
    Also a professional will know the proper steps for bolting the safe down to make it most secure, making it harder for a thief to take the safe or what's in it.

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