Tried getting a quote for shipping a mower deck today and got the run around, guys at store were no help, called a 2nd time gave me an email address, sent an email for a quote and came back undeliverable, can't get a quote online without filling out a whole bunch of info including contact info for the person I'm sending it to. Anyone else have this problem?
Fastenal shipping help needed.
Posted April 22, 2015 - 07:36 PM
Posted April 22, 2015 - 07:43 PM
you should be able to get a quote of line, just fill out the form and put a note in there that you are only looking for a quote. that's what I did, I was very happy with the price and the service. you will need to fill out the form online in order to get anywhere.
- hamman and KennyP have said thanks
Posted April 22, 2015 - 07:43 PM
That's about the norm. Fill out the online form!
Posted April 22, 2015 - 08:03 PM
Ok, so just fill out the contact info with my own just for a quote?
- Texas Deere and Horse and superaben have said thanks
Posted April 22, 2015 - 08:13 PM
- hamman said thank you
Posted April 22, 2015 - 08:18 PM
Posted April 22, 2015 - 08:58 PM
all the stuff I have got a quote on seems to come out about $1 a pound, no matter how far it is going, but I have only priced them 3 times. Anyone else come up with that?
Posted April 22, 2015 - 09:02 PM
Don't know as this is my 1st time, submitted a form, let you know tomorrow.
Posted April 22, 2015 - 10:08 PM
I just got a 1,000 lb tractor on a 80" X 48" pallet for $260.00 from northern IL to Seguin TX. I thought it is a decent price.
- HANKG said thank you
Posted April 22, 2015 - 10:16 PM
That's not bad because to have something put on a flatbed semi from central PA where I'm from with other freight (LTL) aprox. 250 miles would cost me $600. We have had trucks, farm equip. ect. transported this way.
Posted April 23, 2015 - 05:00 AM
I just got a 3' sq pallet about 300 lbs from Illinois to ny for $140. cant beat that. you will not be disappointed.
Posted April 23, 2015 - 06:02 AM
I got a quote for an 85 lb. 30" X 36" pallet from here to Niagra Falls. $100. Lost the sale on that one.
Posted April 23, 2015 - 07:48 AM
$80 seems to be about the cheapest price I've gotten from Fastenal...a shoebox will probably cost you that, since it has to be on a pallet, and likewise, an entire tractor has shipped as cheap at $152 for me. Weight has very little to do with it, but rather, the footprint it takes up on their truck (pallet size minimum), and the locations/truck availability between your ship point and destination. I ship UPS for anything I can fit in a box, and Fastenal for anything larger. I've shipped snowblades through UPS for as little as $42, where it would have cost closer to $100 through Fastenal. Likewise, you cannot beat the $85 Fastenal quote I just got for a 42" earthcavator from MN to MI.
Never hurts to check Fastenal, UPS, FedEx, USPS, and Uship when trying to get something on the road. Then of course, there is fuel and time to consider if you can get a nice sized load together, and just make a roadtrip!
As far as quotes go, I have always gone directly to the Fastenal freight coordinator for my area, after the first online quote I submitted, that he responded to. He and I would simply call or text for quotes. Unfortunately, he left the company, and now I'm back to trying the online form....which has gone unanswered twice, recently. =[ The store folks have nothing to do with 3PL shipping service, and going to them will only frustrate both of you. I'm at my store so often now, I just come and go through the back door at the dock, and leave my paperwork and cash on the counter. By the time one guy has me loaded, the other has my receipt. I'm in and out in 5mins for pickups, less for dropoffs, as I just unload myself and leave the paperwork, then shoot the manager a message. Could not be easier.
Lately I have spent more time there, because a couple of the employees have taken an interest in my equipment, and we do little demos on what things are, and how they work! You should have seen them when my Hiller showed up. It even drew a couple folks from the Redwing boot store adjoining the Fastenal.
Posted April 23, 2015 - 10:06 AM
This time Fastenal was more than UPS (150 vs a little over 60), but I could see it being worth it for a tractor or something big like that.