I hope you find the following answer satisfactory. If not, please
request a clarification before rating and I will do some more digging
I apologize again for the delay in getting this information to you. I
have only been able to get a very quotes for crating; either the
services never got back to me with quotes or they didn't do on-site
crating. That being said, I have a few very promising quotes for
shipping, with which I think you will be pleased.
The first set of quotes I received was from Sonya at freightquote.com.
Freightquote.com is a service that forwards your shipping needs to
many shippers, and returns the best quotes to you.
The assumptions I made were:
Item: kitchen range, crated
Shipping weight: 530lbs
Crated size: 40"x60"x60"
Shipping from zip 77422 to zip 92135
Liftgate service required
Residential pickup and delivery
Keep in mind these quotes may not match the quotes you receive, since
there may be information that I did not have which is relevant to cost
calculations, and since the quotes were not associated with a specific
customer account they could not be saved.
Sonya quoted me the following rates: USF BESTWAY: $244.94; ROADWAY:
$254.25; SAIA: $262.69.
Sonya assumed a freight class of 85 for this item, assuming it would
be crated. Based strictly on the weight and dimensions, this item has
a freight class of 100. (The higher the freight class, the more it
costs to ship, in general (but see below)). It seems that the freight
class can vary depending on what type of packaging the item is in; if
the stove were, say, palletized and wrapped (which might be easier for
you to do at home), the freight class might go up.
Here is Sonya's contact info at freightquote.com: Sonya Jackson,
email@example.com, (800) 323-5441 x1684. Please let her know
that "Smudgy" referred you to her.
Freight101.com, like freightquote.com, sends your shipping information
to several shippers in the hopes of finding you the best quote. At
freight101.com, I used their "instant quote calculator" to get the
following quotes: $218.26, $242.81, and higher (one shipper quoted a
price of over $1000). Again, this is assuming a liftgate will be
necessary; without liftgate service, some of these quotes drop to
under $200, though I would assume a liftgate is necessary to load a
500lb box onto a truck. (These quotes did not change significantly
whether I used freight class 85 or freight class 100.) The stated
transit time for these quotes was 3 days.
As for professional crating, it seems to be prohibitively expensive. I
received two quotes for crating, one on-site, and one combined with a
shipping quote. The combined crating/shipping quote, from Craters and
Freighters in Houston (888-495-SHIP), was over $1000 for a boxed
shipment and nearly $1500 for a crated shipment. This included a $300
pickup fee for picking up the item at the residence.
The quote I received for crating alone, from Danny Szell at EDC Movers
(firstname.lastname@example.org), was $680, which seems a bit excessive.
However, Danny did say: "I can even ship this item without a crate. We
have been doing pad wrap service since 1890. Your cost for pick up,
transportation and residential delivery ( which is no extra charge )
would be $522.03 total." This option may be worth considering,
depending on how much time and money it would cost you to crate your
If I get any late-breaking quotes for crating or shipping, I will
append them to this answer. Meanwhile, I hope you find this answer
satisfactory. Again, if you have any questions, please request a
clarification before rating and I will do my best to make things