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Old 01-24-2021, 08:50 PM
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Buying new cage - lift gate option???

I feel so dumb that I have to ask this:

I’m buying a new cage for Parker - we’re moving cross country and nows as good a time as any to purge his rusty cage and upgrade. But the place Im probably going to buy from have a “lift gate” option, which comes with a $25 surcharge.

What is this option, anyone know? I feel like it may pertain to shipping and removing from a truck, but that isn’t really making sense.
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Old 01-24-2021, 09:31 PM
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Re: Buying new cage - lift gate option???

I think you are correct - I’m pretty sure that it means that they have a hydraulic lift gate on the truck and can lower your goods to the ground for you.
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Old 01-24-2021, 09:36 PM
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Re: Buying new cage - lift gate option???

Lift gate fee is usually when delivery goes to somewhere that doesn't have a loading dock, so they have a lift to get the item down from the back of the truck/trailer. Typical for residential deliveries. Curious if you don't pay for the option, will they refuse to unload the cage off the truck?
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Re: Buying new cage - lift gate option???

When I bought my huge cage from kings cage it was unload right in the street. The driver wanted 125.00 to help me bring it in the house. I told him have a nice day and did it myself. If your cage is not that big unload it yourself. But if its big 25 is not that much.
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Old 01-26-2021, 06:44 AM
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Re: Buying new cage - lift gate option???

Depends on the driver I bet, BUT... By the books, lift gate service gets it off the truck to the ground, usually only to the curb, driveway, wherever the truck is parked. That's it. Door to door service (to get it loaded in to the house) is usually an additional fee. Even then, some will get it to your door, but not bring it inside for you. I'd make sure all that is discussed with the seller at time of order, just so there's no surprises on arrival.

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Old 01-26-2021, 09:09 AM
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Re: Buying new cage - lift gate option???

Yup, its all about the truck!

All the cages we have received over the years have come UPS or FedX using local delivery trucks. The cages commonly shipped in two boxes under 60 lbs.

Commonly, lift gate is for things like Lawn Tractors, Generators and other large sized boxes over 100+ lbs.
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Old 01-26-2021, 09:20 AM
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Re: Buying new cage - lift gate option???

Thanks all! It SEEMED liked it could be the truck, but given that I've NEVER been asked to remove items for delivery to my home from a delivery truck, it didn't make any sense. The cage I'm getting is shipped in two separate boxes, each under a hundred pounds so it should be fine. I won't spring for it.

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Re: Buying new cage - lift gate option???

I'm guessing as noted above, the fee is a money-grab to utilize equipment integral to the truck. A few years ago I purchased a large heavy item that required use of a fork lift for removal. Delivery service literally made me rent a full sized forklift from rental company! Had it delivered night before and played with it in my driveway until comfortable. Short learning curve, they are simple to operate!
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Re: Buying new cage - lift gate option???

Yup, its the fee to load it into a lift gate equipped truck. I just had a large very heavy steam locomotive shipped from the UK, and the common carrier who brought it from the airport had a 35 buck lift gate charge. Course, at our house the driver backed in the drive way and nicely put it right in front of the garage door. Any time the item is big and or heavy it pays to have that lift gate. Also had a whole car hood for my Z3 sent from Germany, that was HUGE, and they lift gated it to just outside my garage.
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Re: Buying new cage - lift gate option???

Quote: Originally Posted by Scott View Post
I'm guessing as noted above, the fee is a money-grab to utilize equipment integral to the truck. A few years ago I purchased a large heavy item that required use of a fork lift for removal. Delivery service literally made me rent a full sized forklift from rental company! Had it delivered night before and played with it in my driveway until comfortable. Short learning curve, they are simple to operate!
So, not only are you a pilot, but you can operate a fork truck! So, when are you going to get your heavy equipment license!?!?!

And, did you see that Al has a "large very heavy steam locomotive." Well, we both have been one-upped!!!
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