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#1 Whaleboy

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 02:22 AM

Hey all...

I'm about to post an ad to sell my cgem, but since I picked it up used locally, I have no clue as to what it'll cost to ship. Obviously there are a lot of factors that would affect the cost, but if anyone can give me a rough idea of what to expect shipping the mount and tripod via USPS or ups?

I have no idea where, but it would be limited to contiguous US.

Thanks

-David

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 04:03 AM

$120 to $150 is my best guess.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:31 AM

David,

If you know the approximate weight, you can go to http://ircalc.usps.gov an check the cost. You'll need to enter a zip code for the "ship to" address. I use a California zip as it is as far away as you can get from Indiana.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:50 AM

I just shipped a CGEM mount in 2 factory boxes from so Cal to Central Cal at cost of $55. I got a price to ship one to Buffalo NY at one time and I think it was quoted at $85.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:55 AM

I had UPS package/ship my CGEM for me and it cost around 150 bucks. Not cheap, but on the plus side if they break it... I knew I was getting the money back.

I also did a local pickup on mine and didn't have the original boxes and the cost above included insurance on it (full replacement value + the hypertune).

Good luck!

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 04:07 PM

I shipped via UPS just the mount head and the HC from NY to AZ (thanks, Ed Thomas) for about $80 which included insurance for $1500.
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Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:41 PM

Thanks guys.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:24 AM

How about motor freight? Call some trucking companies and check their rates. ;) Mike

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:24 PM

From my location, I have found FedEx ground to be considerably cheaper than UPS for large items.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:13 PM

I've been wondering about measuring thicknesses on my CGEM with an eye to how much mass I could machine away, perhaps. The head seems a lot heavier than it seems to me it should.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:43 PM

Here's a good test - how much heavier is the CGEM/Atlas head than the Takahashi EM-200 head? The Tak was clearly the "inspiration" for these mounts. That should give a good idea as to how light a similar capacity and stability mount can be without giving anything up. You'd hate to turn you CGEM into a CG5.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:55 PM

That's what has stopped me from doing it so far.

But there are a few pieces which have metal hanging out outside the load path which could be trimmed. And enough of those could yield real savings. However, the ones visible from outside aren't even half a pound's worth.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:05 AM

Here's a good test - how much heavier is the CGEM/Atlas head than the Takahashi EM-200 head? The Tak was clearly the "inspiration" for these mounts. That should give a good idea as to how light a similar capacity and stability mount can be without giving anything up. You'd hate to turn you CGEM into a CG5.

- Jim


The TAK and Atlas/CGEM mount heads are fairly similar in size and weight. I have not noticed the TAK to be any easier to through around than the other two.

Considering that a few people have broken the CGEM castings by tipping the mount over on a scope roller, there is no way that I would try taking any metal off it from anywhere.

I ship these all the time and find that FedEx Ground or FedEx Home Delivery Service is the least expensive.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:15 AM

the Tak EM-200 head weighs.. 44lb.

which is a bit more than a CGEM or Atlas.

the difference is, the 40# load capacity is real. not optimistic.

so it isn't any lighter.






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