[AMRadio] Photos of Damaged Mod Iron

Todd, KA1KAQ ka1kaq at gmail.com
Tue Aug 28 13:20:39 EDT 2007

On 8/28/07, Rick Brashear <rickbras at airmail.net> wrote:
> I disagree.  The package was only 40 pounds and the packing looked more than
> adequate.  It was double boxed with solid foam between the two boxes and
> between the transformer and the inner box.  It was bolted to a sturdy piece
> of wood that would allow for no movement inside the box, which was shattered
> from the abuse.  The way this package was treated it would have been damaged
> if it had been in a solid wooden box.  I've done business with Gary and his
> packing is excellent.  I received a transformer back from him a few months
> ago that weighed in the 20 pound range and it was packed the same as this
> one and made it without a scratch.  The shipper is at fault here, no doubt
> about it.

Thanks, Rick. Having received transformers from Gary, you speak from a
position of experience and knowledge, rather than from lack of.

For the late-arrivals, I'll summarize: All the packing in the world
won't protect your package from bad handling. Not average, typical,
day-to-day handling. BAD handling. I've heard people piss and moan for
years about UPS being awful. I've never had anything trashed by them,
not even remotely close to this. That doesn't mean others haven't.
Good packaging will *usually* protect your precious cargo, but not

Even if 99% of the handlers are good workers who take pride in there
work, you still have the one percenters who don't. Ship enough things,
you will eventually find one of them.

And as I mentioned in my previous post (pay attention this time, Dr
Dave), the packaging looks bad because it is TRASHED, pulverized, etc.
If you think the packing is the issue, maybe someone can explain why
the wooden base it was bolted to is in 7-8 pieces? Sorta shoots that
'poor packing' statement to hell, eh?  3/4" solid wood, destroyed.
>From a bumpy ride for a 40 lb. parcel in a packed trailer down the
interstate? Yeah, right.

We're not talking one point of impact here, a dent in an
otherwise-clean box, or such. The entire package was trashed. It
looked more like a ball than a box. The ends were damaged through two
layers of cardboard, two layers of foam board. Holes worn through
where it was dragged or slid along the floor. The sides weren't harmed
beyond the studs being bent. Yet the same packaging was used

Seems the only problem here is that I have no idea what I'm talking
about, despite having the transformer and packaging in my possession.
Good to know we have an expert or two available, though.

Anyhow, I don't regret sharing my misfortune with the group. If it
saves a piece of iron or old radio because someone picks it up instead
of having it shipped, it's a good thing. You can count on your
excellent packing skills and sometimes we have no choice. But the law
of averages will catch up with you, eventually. If you can pick it up,
do so.

~ Todd,  KA1KAQ

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