Where to buy dunnage

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  1. 281ric

    281ric Road Train Member

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    U can prob do w Home Depot then
     
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  3. strollinruss

    strollinruss Road Train Member

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    Landscape timbers work in a crunch and cheap too. I've scrounged for enough to strip a load at the pipe yard plenty of times.
     
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  4. xsetra

    xsetra Road Train Member

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    Go to a big box and ask for old pallets. Strip the runners out. Sometimes they will have the dunnage left behind from lumber loads.
    Buy some RR ties. I have bought twisted 4x4's cheap from lumber yards.
    Good Luck.
     
  5. Bdog

    Bdog Road Train Member

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    I picked up 28 landscape timbers today for a guy on Craigslist. Not ideal but they will get me going.

    Hopefully once I get rolling I will be able to scavenge some better stuff as I go.
     
  6. Hurst

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    Try living in Fla and needing dunnage.. forget it. No Lowes... No Home Depot... 84 Lumber.. Ace... nodda. White or yellow pine.. thats all they sell. No hardwood of any sort.

    I got lucky and did a load to an Amish lumber mill in Pa. I asked if I could buy some 4x4 hard wood. Asked me how long and how many? I said 4 should be ok. They brought me 8 pieces.. I asked how much? He said dont worry about it.

    That would have cost me $200-$300 had I tried to buy that in Fla.

    Hurst
     
  7. Chewy352

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    My favorite shipper was an Amish lumber mill. Really nice guy.
     
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  8. Hurst

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    I was trying to kid around with the guys by joking and saying I saw Amish Mafia,.. gotta watch out for the Amish. They had no idea what I was talking about. They were operating loaders and bob cats and machinery,.. yet none of them had ever watched TV. No electric at home.

    Completely boggled my mind. Nicest group of people you could ever meet.

    Hurst
     
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  9. Chewy352

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    I told the guy I liked watching documentaries about Amish and he thought I ment the mafia show. He was not pleased and wished I wouldn't watch it. I told him I didn't buy into all that and I don't watch it. I like the shows that show how and why they live the way they do. I wish I wasn't in such a rush I would have talked to him a lot more.
     
  10. strollinruss

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    They don't let any grass grow under their feet like a lot of the loaders/unloaders. Had some guys tell me that they use equipment away from their farm for work such as construction to make money during the week. Then it's back to horses and mules on Saturdays.
     
  11. johndeere4020

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    It all depends on their particular order a their church. There are amish up above Lodi that have brand new tractors that are in steel, they use electric to run the farm but not for the house and they don't have a car or truck. The ones up by me aren't even aloud to have roofs on their buggies. There's every thing in between. Their not always as wholesome as everyone thinks. If you live around them all the time you see a lot. They are exempt from many different of the rules we have to follow. For instance the lumber mill where we get our hard wood lumber is a family operation started by one guy in the 70's and he built a nice little business. He said you go to an Amish lumber mill and you'll see 12 year old kids, no shoes or any ppe running a saw or some other piece of equipment. They don't pay workers comp, or taxes the same as we do yet my guy has to try to compete with them. Go to an Amish area and talk to a regular farmer or business man and see what they think.
     
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