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I have been reading threads and posts here in the Gravely Forum about one or another of us looking only wistfully at tractors or special parts for sale that we want, but are just too far, as a practical matter, to go get them.

I know there is a forum on MTF wherein members post ads asking for transportation help. Very few replies.

So how about this?

The idea is to use services like UShip to move the part to a fellow Gravely forum member who could then hold it until the buyer comes to pick it up? Obviously that member might be way closer to the seller so as to save shipping costs. Maybe the "babysitter" would even be willing to go fetch the part and save shipping altogether - except for some gas reimbursement.

I can imagine being disinclined to go get a tractor that is a six, ten, twelve hour drive that has to be done right now, but might be happy to make a trip of half or three quarters that distance on my own schedule to spend a little time with another Gravely nut and pick up the tractor he'd been storing for me.

Imagine going to the mow-in in the Fall, but making a 2 or 3 hour detour to go pick something up. Or even having someone who is hauling stuff to the mow-in anyway putting your new-to-you motor on his trailer and you meeting him there?

Anyway, just a thought, inspired by tractortag, here:
http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=540137
 

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You mean a parts relay.
I don't have a truck that I'd trust past the 100 mile AAA tow. My trailer has no springs and is a bear over 40mph, BUT, I could be a relay STATION. I've got a place you can/could drop it off for someone else to pick it up. I'm 10 minutes off route 95 in CT so it's fairly convenient.

We need a few rules that's all. Reasonable guidelines help everyone come together and leave with their parts in a happy mood.

I could hold things for one (spring, summer, fall) month. Nothing in the winter. Everything has to be gone by Nov. 15th. No deliveries before April 1st.
(If you drop your parts off October 29th realize it's got to be gone by Nov.15th)
I need to be there when you drop it off.
I'll tell you where to place it.
You have to help off load or load.
If it leaks you have to contain it.
No partials - take the whole thing when it goes.
Your truck/trailer? You lash it down with your rigging when you leave.
Need to have it covered. You supply the tarp and tiedowns.
Palletized is perfect.
Less than a thousand pound limit.

I would do everything possible to protect it but, Not responsible for damage/loss.
Your accessibility to your parts is the limit of my responsibility.
I need to be there for retrieval.
I will help in loading.
You have to have ID to pick it up.
We have to schedule best times for both of us for drop off / pick up.
Pick up and drop off - 9am -9pm
Will not accept shipments from commercial freight services.
No HazMat materials so empty that gas tank, fuel filter and the lines too.
I need contact info for both the new owner/ old owner / driver.
You need to contact me no less than three days before drop off/ pick up.
To be clear, you are welcome to leave it here for pick up no longer than 30 days, no earlier than April 1st no later then Nov 15th. I am not responsible for any damage/or loss to any tractor parts or related parts left here.
This offer is for short term storage of tractor parts only - Please do not show up with your tool box intending to work on your machinery. This is a residence not a shop.


How's that? Only common sense requests so that everyone knows what to expect. No "I didn't know, what do I do now?" moments at 8:45 pm, Sunday night, in the rain, November 13th. This way there's no making it up as we go, everyone gets the same guidelines so it's fair to everyone.
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You mean a parts relay.
I don't have a truck that I'd trust past the 100 mile AAA tow. My trailer has no springs and is a bear over 40mph, BUT, I could be a relay STATION. I've got a place you can/could drop it off for someone else to pick it up. I'm 10 minutes off route 95 in CT so it's fairly convenient.

We need a few rules that's all. Reasonable guidelines help everyone come together and leave with their parts in a happy mood.

I could hold things for one (spring, summer, fall) month. Nothing in the winter. Everything has to be gone by Nov. 15th. No deliveries before April 1st.
(If you drop your parts off October 29th realize it's got to be gone by Nov.15th)
I need to be there when you drop it off.
I'll tell you where to place it.
You have to help off load or load.
If it leaks you have to contain it.
No partials - take the whole thing when it goes.
Your truck/trailer? You lash it down with your rigging when you leave.
Need to have it covered. You supply the tarp and tiedowns.
Palletized is perfect.
Less than a thousand pound limit.

I would do everything possible to protect it but, Not responsible for damage/loss.
Your accessibility to your parts is the limit of my responsibility.
I need to be there for retrieval.
I will help in loading.
You have to have ID to pick it up.
We have to schedule best times for both of us for drop off / pick up.
Pick up and drop off - 9am -9pm
Will not accept shipments from commercial freight services.
No HazMat materials so empty that gas tank, fuel filter and the lines too.
I need contact info for both the new owner/ old owner / driver.
You need to contact me no less than three days before drop off/ pick up.
To be clear, you are welcome to leave it here for pick up no longer than 30 days, no earlier than April 1st no later then Nov 15th. I am not responsible for any damage/or loss to any tractor parts or related parts left here.
This offer is for short term storage of tractor parts only - Please do not show up with your tool box intending to work on your machinery. This is a residence not a shop.


How's that? Only common sense requests so that everyone knows what to expect. No "I didn't know, what do I do now?" moments at 8:45 pm, Sunday night, in the rain, November 13th. This way there's no making it up as we go, everyone gets the same guidelines so it's fair to everyone.
Here's the chance to live your ideals and to make a positive impact.
Yes, a parts relay. Very well put. Sort of the Gravely Pony Express. :)

Yes, good ideas on the rules, too. No one likes surprises - at least not of the kind your post suggests could (and probably would) happen.
 

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Yes, a parts relay. Very well put. Sort of the Gravely Pony Express. :)

Yes, good ideas on the rules, too. No one likes surprises - at least not of the kind your post suggests could (and probably would) happen.
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Homer City Pa, Steve's gravely rescue and storage checking in. I help when I can. I generally go to all gravely meets. I agree I tend not to wonder more than an hour from the house. Dry storage for small parts guaranteed. Baggers seemed to have been the rage last year. Now a gmt 9000 might have to sit under a tarp. I don't have that kinda room :hide:
 

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Marcintosh. You gave that some thought to that sir. Well laid out, no doubt. And you are in a strategic spot. Is it toward the NY Border end of I95 in CT?

I don't have the room to do as you suggest, but could store small parts. I once moved a set of gear reduction wheels to L.I. from NE Massachussetts. I did so because good Gravely people asked nicely, and I was going that way anyway

Steve is a great guy and brought something to his home from the mow-in in IN last year that i picked up about a month later. He's a great guy, and some day there will be a time to return a favor i hope.

I have referred to this brotherly help in my thread I.F.O.G.B. (eye fog bee) and think it works best in an Informal way, like Steven worked out for me. I think the genius of the Informal Fraternal Order of Gravely Brethren is in the first word.

Marcintosh's well organized list of "how it works" would serve as a very good template.
 

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I am in Atlanta off of I20 and travel often, I am doing a Maine trip in june up I95. I can handle small stuff

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Southeast ohio here. I'm an hour from Jason (lt4xtreme) ;)
If anyone needs anything stored I can do that, but I can't guarantee I won't use it. Hah!
 

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I am in Atlanta off of I20 and travel often, I am doing a Maine trip in june up I95. I can handle small stuff

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There's a bunch of people just off 95 on your way up. It might get to the point where your trip to Maine could take a week just in travel and visit time. :)
 

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Peoria IL here.

I have plenty of space to store them. Offering pickup/dropoff location as well as delivery/transport service. I'll do up to 150 mile radius for $3/loaded mile. I have either a 5x10 or 20' 10K equipment trailer.
 

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i'd be happy to help, i'm right off of i-91 and only 5 mins from the 84 interchange in hartford, as long as whatever is bought is ok to sit out under a tarp i have plenty of room in my fenced back yard. as long as its under 45 mins away i could always pick up the items as i have a truck with a full 8 foot bed.
 

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Marcintosh. *snip* And you are in a strategic spot. Is it toward the NY Border end of I95 in CT?
*snip*
Marcintosh's well organized list of "how it works" would serve as a very good template.
about in the middle - 10-15 minutes outside New Haven.

Thanks about the template - Most folks are really great. It's just that sometimes they get so busy working to make something happen they forget to pick their head up and look around - so to speak. That list is just a list of suggestions to help people remember.


And now it looks like we've got eight people on board for the Temp Storage program. How great is that. :thThumbsU
 

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I'll jump in as #9. I am im SE WV just off of I-64, about a half hour west of the state line and about 2.5 hours SE of Jason. I have storage space and I'm willing to help out.

I like the template a lot but I'm also very much on the Informal side too. In short, I'm easy to work with.
 

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I'll be in it to. I'm in Missouri off of I-44 around Fort Leonard Wood. Military so we do some traveling back to WV and NY to see family.

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I'll join. I'm in southern Maryland about 5 minutes from the Harry Nice Bridge going into VA on US-301. I have covered space but it's pretty full with my stuff. Lots of property though and I don't mind covering something up with a tarp, or holding the small stuff inside.I make a couple trips a year to various places on the eastern seaboard. If it'll fit in the trailer or truck with my stuff then I have no problem hauling it back or up along my route. I only ask for some money for fuel in return.
 

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I make it to most of the swap meets and I'm just off of I77 near the Ohio-West Virginia border. About a hour from Richards Lawn & Garden. I have available storage room. It's nice to have a 28'x42' basement of a rental house that I keep for storage next to the garage. I shuffle the stuff I'm working on into the shop and the stuff I'm not into the basement. Jason
 

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I'm happy to help. I don't have much in the way of transport capability, but I do have some storage.

Central mass, midway between Boston and Worcester.
 

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For the record, I am obviously up for this, too. I have little indoor storage left but would be happy to put something under a tarp behind my shed. No one will bother it but the local wildlife (4-legged variety). I can, of course, store smaller items (transmission, engine, that sort of thing) indoors.

I am also willing to travel up to an hour or so to fetch an item for someone. I have a 5x8 1200lb trailer, so I can even get a whole tractor. It has to be a runner, though, as I have no winch. Gas money would be nice. No charge for labor. I'm too old and slow for my labor to be worth much! :)

Our place is 5 minutes from I70 and not too far from I95 in central Maryland.

I hope to do the Gravely meet in Chambersburg this Spring and the Mow-in in October. If anyone needs a haul either way, let me know.
 

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Homer City Pa, Steve's gravely rescue and storage checking in. I help when I can. I generally go to all gravely meets. I agree I tend not to wonder more than an hour from the house. Dry storage for small parts guaranteed. Baggers seemed to have been the rage last year. Now a gmt 9000 might have to sit under a tarp. I don't have that kinda room :hide:
Figured I'd add im a half mile off of route 119 N. Roughly an hour N.E of Pittsburgh Pa. I generally run with a 16 foot tandem axle trailer to the swap meets. If something needs to come back to my house or to swap meets and it would put something out of reach normally in reach i will gladly help that cause for an offer in gas money. Just need to know ahead of time as I do not always take the trailer. Chambersburgh Pa swap meet and the mow-in for sure this year.
Not 100% sure about point pleasant WV yet. I want to go but there's a few details that need worked out yet. Being June 7th this year
 
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