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"Good morning Steve,
The crate arrived Tuesday as promised. We are extremely happy with the design.
We will be packing it today and it is shipping out to it's first show on Friday.
Again thank you very much.
(cUSTOMER EMAIL RE: The crate shown, received on 8/23/17)
FEATURED TRADE SHOW CRATE
This re-usable crate system was designed to protect large flat trade-show display components. Despite it's large size, and deep, top-loading design, we engineered it with features that make it very user-friendly.
Custom re-usable Crate Solutions
Scroll to see some of the many, many wooden crate configurations and options that are available. Or contact us, and we can design wood crates that are specially suited to your needs.
Flat "counter top" crates on wheels
Mobile, Re-usable shipping crates with smooth, flat lids at "transaction height", that can double as counter tops in your trade show booth. OR use them in your shop as a wheeled/workbench/storage cart..thing. Use in your garage at home, to make the most of your space. Combine them to make a longer surface. Lots of uses!
Hinged lids with Hinged half-panel
These convenient trade show crates feature a piano-hinged lid with a hinged front, half-panel (Bottom fixed), which grants easier access to the bottom of a deep crate. Secured by draw-latches with no removable panels, and no tools required, they're very user friendly. Add wheels for even more convenience? Sure!
heavy duty with removable lid
AVAILABLE IN ANY SIZE, this top-loading re-usable crate, can be used for trade show displays or shipping multiple round trips. They feature a removable lid secured with draw-latches. No tools required. Easy.
Look at this thing. With protection like that...No worries.
Top Loading Flat Crate
This reusable crate could be used for so many things.
Tell us what size will work for you, and we will design a custom solution.
Divided interior? Sure! Carpet? Foam interior? Ok!
Tall crate with a hinged door
A tall reusable crate featuring a hinged door with heavy duty, hinges, and slide-bolt locking hardware. Add a ramp for your wheeled machine, server rack or medical equipment? Sure! Shelf above that with some carpet on it? Sure!
What could you use this crate for?
crate with hinged ramp that doubles as the door! brilliant!
No, we didn't invent the concept. But we do make it look good.
mix and match
You decide. Or we can determine and suggest the best product for your situation.
Re-usable wooden Utility Crates
Not just for the trade show circuit
A re-usable crate can also be a durable container used every day for shipping between facilities. A crate to shuttle parts to a machine shop vendor to re-work and send back, or ship something out to the coating shop to finish and return it, undamaged. Use them to catch small parts as they are output from a machine...
NEED MORE IDEAS for your crates?
Below are more photo examples. I'll resist the urge to tell you all about every one and just let the images speak for them selves.
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Put it all in one huge crate…
not always the best answer
Putting it all in one big crate vs. two smaller ones, is not always less expensive or more practical.
You may have very large items and will need big crates for it.
However, if it isn't necessary, we say; don't put it all in one.
Here are a few reasons why;
1. Over sized dimensions = Higher Freight Charges.
Optimize when able Meaning re-configure your dimensions for better shipping rates.
A pallet space on a truck, etc. is 48" x 48" (The size of a large, standard-sized pallet).
So a crate that is 80"L x 52"W x 48"H takes up, technically, 4 pallet spaces on a truck, and may fetch a higher shipping rate than if you reduced the width to two spaces.
Like this example:
Same volume, smaller foot-print: 80"L x 48"W x 52"H = You reduced the width, and increased the height, and now take up only 2 pallet spaces for the same volume. (The freight carrier can now put another paying customer's pallets next to yours, and you both save money!)
(This is something that we will usually recommend to you when we design the crate)
3. HUGE crates may look tough, but they will receive more damage from abuse and mishandling.
Again, sometimes, it can't be helped, and you just need a huge, reusable crate. Just keep this in mind...
A huge crate is not only expensive but they get really HEAVY! Which isn't a problem if they're always handled properly...(yeah right).
THE FORKLIFT: Is the destroyer of huge expensive, HEAVY trade show crates.
Some fork lift operators hastily push, turn and maneuver (shove/crash) crates wherever they want them, with their pointy little metal tines, in places that they shouldn't. Like the crate corners or sides. Usually not an issue for a well-built crate. However, a Huge crate is HEAVY. It doesn't want to move when pushed. So the forklifts wound and cut away, or even puncture the crate one hit at a time. After just a season, your huge, expensive crate (even a well built one, like ours) might look like it should be replaced sooner than you want..
Whenever possible, divide into two smaller crates instead of one, huge, heavy, more expensive one.
They will last longer, save you money on shipping, and be a whole lot easier for the shipper and the fork lift operators to deal with.