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Advise on moving safe solo
« on: July 26, 2021, 02:34:39 PM »
Found a deal on a liberty but not sure how I would get it out of my truck onto a dolly solo.  700+ might Stretch my ability.  Just need to get it a few feet into the house then I think sliding on slider would work.  Any ideas or equipment suggestions. 


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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2021, 02:39:41 PM »
Buy a 12 pack of beer.  Get some buddies from Huntwa.  Trade beer for lifting.  Shake hands all around and call it a day.  Or borrow a tractor from a neighbor.   

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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2021, 02:42:30 PM »
Back up truck tailgate to stairs/porch so they're at the same elevation, 4 wheeler ramps with sheet of plywood on top to keep it smooth, roller cart under safe, and roll into the house.  no lifting required.

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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2021, 02:43:08 PM »
Jack the door off and move it separately with a dolly.  Take the box and move it with rollers....pipes laid about 6 inches from each other and roll, moving pipes from the back of the line to the front of the line.  You can roll over door jams and everything.  It is super easy but you need more than one person. 

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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2021, 02:44:36 PM »
Did you buy the big green liberty in Wenatchee area off of craigslist?  If so.....it is definitely not a one person move.  Trust me....get some help.  :tup:

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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2021, 02:46:13 PM »
Jack the door off and move it separately with a dolly.  Take the box and move it with rollers....pipes laid about 6 inches from each other and roll, moving pipes from the back of the line to the front of the line.  You can roll over door jams and everything.  It is super easy but you need more than one person. 

Yes, this above.

 3/4 inch dowels or pipes will allow you to move it on flat and

I think you can also rent a truck with a lift gate or find someone with a tailgate lift.


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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2021, 04:01:22 PM »
I moved one with a U-Haul a few years back.

I put mine on a dolly and laid it down on the ramp with the dolly handle on one of those little 4 wheeled furniture dolly things (like a square skateboard).  Then I used an ATV winch to haul it up the ramp.  built an anchor in the rear of the box, ran the cable thru a snatch block attached to the anchor and back out.  winched it up no problem. 

Could probably use one of those "winch in a bag" deals and ATV ramps to get it in and out of a pickup too. 
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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2021, 04:07:14 PM »
Be careful ! I don't know how big you went?
I recommend more man power available then you need.
I dread moving mine in the future.
We used My car trailer, heavy duty moving dollies, and 5 guys to move mine onto the trailer then into the garage.
When We laid it onto its back, six guys on straps could barely slow it down. I used 2x4 to surround it and screwed them into the wood deck of the trailer. followed by large ratchet straps to lock it in.
I could hardly sleep the night before running all the possible issues threw my head.
It was a big investment and I just wanted no issues.
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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2021, 04:21:19 PM »
I do some crazy stuff but I don't think I would try to get that out of the bed of a truck by myself.

Yeah, once it's on the floor it's a slam dunk but getting it there without damage to it, your truck or you is pretty tricky.

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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2021, 04:23:08 PM »
For the record, i used a professional safe mover for the 1400 pounder!  That is beyond my risk threshold!

I have helped 2 guys move their med sized safes up flights of stairs and have feared for our safety more than once!
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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2021, 04:28:05 PM »
4 foot pieces of 2" sch 40 or sch 80 conduit will be your best friend getting your safe into position to stand it up. I'd second the advice of getting a couple guys to help.

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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2021, 04:42:34 PM »
Sheesh.

I'm having nightmares reliving my safe moves in my head. 

Last move I had my three 20-something sons and another 20-something guy. 

My sons made me swear that the safe stays with the house when we move.  I believe they said they'd put me in an old folks home if I tried to move it again.

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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2021, 04:50:27 PM »
Don't do it solo. Ask around for help. Like people have said. Maybe you will make a friend out of it.  Its not worth hurting your back or crushing your fingers. 

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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2021, 05:20:36 PM »
For the record, i used a professional safe mover for the 1400 pounder!  That is beyond my risk threshold!

I have helped 2 guys move their med sized safes up flights of stairs and have feared for our safety more than once!
now You got me wondering how much My safe was?
I'm going to look it up.
Found it. 900 lbs  :yike:
Yep that would smash You or your fingers, LOL
I was quoted $500 to move it by the store I purchased it from. (basspro)
I'm cheap and just had to do it myself  :bash:
I honestly might just pay to move it next time.
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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2021, 05:32:25 PM »
NW safe did my move.  They were easy to work with and did great work.
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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #15 on: July 26, 2021, 05:35:19 PM »
I think paying someone is the way to go.  Any place local that delivers the safe is a couple hundred higher and 400-500 for delivery.  Might have to go for a smaller/cheaper one


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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #16 on: July 26, 2021, 06:03:34 PM »
I think paying someone is the way to go.  Any place local that delivers the safe is a couple hundred higher and 400-500 for delivery.  Might have to go for a smaller/cheaper one


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I may be missing somethingÖ..but where is local?   Is the safe located in a single story ground level house?   Is the end destination single story / easy access.   Moving safes is not rocket science if you have the manpower and the knowledge.    I moved one from the west side of the state to the east side with two people on either end.  If the safe is 700lbs that means the door is 200ish and the box is 500ish.  Take them apart and you have a super manageable move.   The boxe is pretty much indestructible the door you need to be careful with.   Seriously ask a few members to help and get a good deal on a safe. 

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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #17 on: July 26, 2021, 06:41:35 PM »
Back in 2003, my then girlfriend now wife, bought me a 24 gun, 380 lb. Liberty safe.
One night she asked to borrow my truck. I thought ďthat is oddĒ?  Then I remembered my birthday was in a couple days, lol.
Well the next day she calls and says ďyour birthday present is in the bed of your truck. When you get home, get a few friends to help move it.Ē
I figured it was either an add on to my universal gym or a gun safe.
I got home and sure enough, she bought me a safe. I took all the packaging off, slid the safe towards the tailgate until it was at the balancing point. And let it slowly rotate down onto my dolly. I strapped it to the dolly, then rocked It to get it past vertical, then moved it inside the townhouse.
When my son got home we layed it on its back, and carefully slid it up the stairs. Stood it up, put sliders under it and slid it into the master bedroom. My girlfriend comes home and sees the safe no longer in the truck, and asks you helped you? I told her how I got in the house and upstairs. She tells me it took six Walmart employees to lift it into my truck!
 I asked her how they lifted it?
Get this, They laid the safe, box and all on its back on the ground, then all six bent down and picked it up vertically, and then then slid it in the bed.
Then she asked how I moved it? I said work smarter not harder, 😆

Fast forward a year. I am moving out into our new house. Feeling all cocky, I grab my dolly, strap the safe (now full of rifles and ammo) and proceeded to attempt to take it down the stairs. About half way down I hear a really loud crunch! Both wheels of the dolly, disintegrated!  :yike:
Now Iím stuck half way down with a broken dolly. I was able to roll it on its side then side it down to the landing. I unstrapped the broken dolly, and there in Bright yellow was a ď250 lb weight limitĒ sticker!  :bash:
I decided to wait for a couple friends to move it any further,
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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #18 on: July 26, 2021, 07:20:47 PM »
When I move the safe stays.🤣
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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #19 on: July 26, 2021, 07:23:14 PM »
For $100, you can buy enough beer and pizza to bribe 2-3 guys on here to get it out of your truck and onto some pvc rollers and into your house.

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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #20 on: July 26, 2021, 07:33:34 PM »
Iíve moved my safe on three moves by myself. It was only a 21 gun safe. Still heavy. Back your truck up to it hit the pivot point and it slides right in. Most recent safe purchased new. The safe shop loaded with fork lift into the truck. Got home and moved that one out of the back by myself. Slid with back and leg leverage to the pivot point on edge of tailgate. Slides right down nice and easy. I walked it into place in its resting place. Once you get it out of the truck if your going up steps use an appliance dolly to get to destination. May need one person to help push.
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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #21 on: July 26, 2021, 07:43:02 PM »
I forgot to mention.  When I was loading the safe into the uhaul at my dads place with the atv winch, his the guy and his wife next door literally pulled out lawn chairs to watch the show!
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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #22 on: July 26, 2021, 08:25:37 PM »
Harbor freight wood furniture dolly/cart thingy works very good.  700lbs and no issues.  Also remove truck tailgate or risk damage imop.  3 guy mininum but 4 is best to unload slide out truck on to cart.  Ramps for steps work well.
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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #23 on: July 26, 2021, 08:39:09 PM »
I have moved two myself. Drop gate trailer,  1 inch wood dowels  to roll it with two fingers over flat surface. 7-8 dowels.
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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #24 on: July 26, 2021, 08:42:32 PM »
Rent a forklift?
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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #25 on: July 26, 2021, 08:43:38 PM »
Doable, sure. Enjoyable, no!

Snag a couple buddies for help.

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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #26 on: July 26, 2021, 08:46:52 PM »
I see some mentioning trucks.  I personally like a trailer for the height and ease moving.  Be careful when you hit the pivot point as the bottom will want to kick out and literally break your legs.  When laying it over.....lay it over on a 2x4 or 4x4 so you don't mash your fingers.  Also use a heavy moving blanket to protect the bottom and it helps it slide once laid down.  Really....it's not rocket science and is easy assuming you work smarter, not harder.   :tup:

I love buying used safes from people selling their homes.  They want the extra cash and if it doesn't sell before closing....it goes with the house.  Great leverage for wheel'n and deal'n.   :tup: :tup:

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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #27 on: July 26, 2021, 08:57:30 PM »
Mine weighs 1600 empty and the door weighs 500 on it's own.  The old guy who delivered it had a system in his truck that rolled it onto a lift on the back of the truck and he rolled it right onto our front porch.  He used 2" steel pipes over 1/2" plywood and rolled/jimmied into the first floor room right where I wanted it.  I duplicated his technique to get it out of the room to re-carpet and move back in. 

I will never do that again.  That was too scary for me.  I thought about taking the door off like jrebel said, but how?  This one will sell with the house.
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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #28 on: July 26, 2021, 09:02:29 PM »
Iíve done it with the door off and using my tailgate as a pivot point. That said, wonít do it again. Next time, Iím hiring movers.

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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #29 on: July 26, 2021, 11:01:03 PM »
I think itís very clear that the lighter weight safes move much much easier than the 1000+lb ones,
Please for the love of god donít try to slide a 1000 or close to it safe out of your tail gate.
When I was getting ready to pick mine up I stopped by my dads to ask how he moved his. Itís a large safe so I figured he would have some tricks. He tells me that my little sister and him slid it out of the truck and it was no issue at all walking it into the house.
I was puzzled? What am I missing? I went over and tried moving the safe around? Lol
That thing is made of tinfoil! Lol
Itís big! Looks mean! But Iíll bet I could kick a dent in the side of it, Lol
They are most definitely not all made the same.
If I tried to slide my 900lb + safe out of my truck, it would crush the tailgate no question.
If I tried to kick a dent in it, no question it would laugh at me.
The more I think about this Iím definitely calling a safe mover next time.
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Re: Advise on moving safe solo
« Reply #30 on: July 29, 2021, 07:06:53 PM »
You definitely want to unhook your tailgate first.
I donít think I would attempt to move mine again if stairs were involved. I have two now. When I moved to OKC, the shipping company moved them into my new house using a low dolly and three guys.
Inside the house, sliders work awesomely, with no real effort at all:
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