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"Great Experience Shipping My Ford 4500 Backhoe"

shipping from Bryans Road, Maryland Washington, Pennsylvania for $620.00

10/26/2008
$620.00
Bryans Road, Maryland
Washington, Pennsylvania
269 mi.

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I purchased a Ford 4500 Backhoe off ebay and needed to find a shipper to ship it from the seller (located in MD) to me (located in PA). This was the first time I ever purchased a piece of heavy equipment over the internet, and I had no clue how the whole shipment process would work. I ran across one seller's ad that stated shipment of heavy equipment typically costs $2.50 to $3.00 per mile. Figuring about 270 miles at $2.50 to $3.00 per mile, I calculated the cost to be about $675 to $810. I decided to purchasae the backhoe based on this estimated shipment cost. I then searched one of the freightliner companies, and they estimated the cost to be $4,300 to ship the backhoe 269 miles. Of course, sticker shock hit me, and my heart immediately sunk into my stomach. I started wondering how I was going to justify and afford an additional $4,300 for shipping, when I only paid $4,550 for the backhoe. I came across the uship site through ebay and used the "uship cost estimator". This estimator showed that the cost of my shipment should be about $600 to $700. I decided to give uship a try. I received 2 bids for shipping the backhoe (one $620 and another $615) the second day of my listing. I also had questions from another hauler and got a third bid of $620 within the first week. I hired "bilcotrans" and they were the best. Bill of "bilcotrans" helped me through the process, was excellent to deal with in every way, and went out of his way to show me how to operate the backhoe. He unloaded the backhoe, showed me areas leaking fluids, told me about the hydraulic steering (sometimes) turning on its own (called ghosting) when the engine is running. I will definitely use uship again, and would highly recommend that everyone use uship for their heavy duty shipments. The bids are excellent and very cost effective, and uship takes the stress out of shipping. Thank you for being there uship!! Sincerely, Denny

- Dennis F.