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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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