FW: Transmitter Plate Transformers Free To A Good Home

van wd8aam vlincoln at FRONTIERNET.NET
Mon Sep 20 13:34:35 EDT 2010

Hi Bob:

Just wanted say that I shiped two 23+ pound HV transformers  over 1000 miles,
in a Flat Rate box.  The difference in my packing from normal was:

I cut 1/4" wood chipboard into inserts and lined all six sides with them.
Now that I had an "armored" box, fortified with wood, I used styrofoam
sheets.  then I used more wood on points that I thought might be problems,
and finally taped the box many times outside with packing tape.  When received,
the fellow said came thru fine, except two wood inserts got cracked.

My experience and in THIS situation, YMMV.....!!!!

Van Lincoln, wd8aam

At 17:06 9/20/2010, you wrote:
>I totally second Mike's thoughts.  A USPS Flat Rate box won't work 
>on many, many
>#1:  Mike's transformers are far bigger than even the Large Flat 
>Rate box. So it
>is a total non-starter right there.
>#2:  As I found out to my own loss, even if a transformer will fit in a flat
>rate box and even with a bit of space (an inch or so around the 
>transformer) and
>even with careful packing by your's truly, the transformer will probably NOT
>survive the trip. In my case, it didn't - the box got dropped (it 
>weighed close
>to 20 lbs) and that much weight was just not going to pay too much 
>attention to
>the foam and other packing material - the ceramic insulators got 
>mangled and I
>refunded the buyer's money and ate all the other expenses (shipping, 
>ebay fees,
>etc).  The next time (a  week later) when I shipped another 
>transformer, I did
>NOT try to jam the thing into any fixed box size - I double boxed it 
>with plenty
>of heavy insulation material for protection around the terminals and 
>all around
>the case.  THen wrapped the now boxed transformer with bubble wrap 
>and put all
>of that into a much bigger box.  That worked.
>Transformers like Mike have to have substantial packing crates or very heavy
>duty cardboard containers.  I don't envy Mike's task in getting rid of those
>beasts.  Free is a good price - so plan on a drive to get them!
>Just my thoughts from my recent experiences.
>Bob, WA2CKY
>From: Mike Langner  <mlangner at SWCP.COM>
>Sent: Sun, September 19, 2010 7:27:10 PM
>Subject: [BOATANCHORS-TEMPE] FW: Transmitter Plate Transformers Free 
>To A Good
>Hello John (and the list!)
>They'd have to be within protective crates within the flat rate boxes -- one
>will weigh in at close to 75 pounds, the other will clearly exceed it.
>Both transformers have ceramic cone insulators sticking out of them, which
>is why the requirement for protective crating.  If after crating one would
>fit in a flat-rate box, it could work.
>Still, with their Bakelite insulation, connection posts, and irregular size,
>they're sure more easily damaged than is steel stock!
>But thanks for the idea !
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