Vintage Drink Machine Repair and Restoration

Shipping Your Machine

If you are close to SC, you can drop your machine off by appt.  Customers arrange their own shipping to us and from us back to you.  We are not responsible for shipping issues or damage.     Current lead time information.  

Here Are Shipping Options

Option 1 Call a Preferred Carrier

  • These are shippers that our customers have used and are pleased with their services.   Please contact them directly.
  • We do not quote for them, but customers typically have paid between $350 and $450 within 800 miles of SC, each way.  Toll areas, west coast states, and rural areas will increase the cost.
  • They are not movers, they will not be able to help with moving the machine inside or over stairs. They travel alone and carry a dolly.  Assistance in loading is appreciated.  Val and Steve both do a lot of shipping for our customers.
  • Call or Text either: 
    • Val Dino 813-856-6233 – Covers all of the USA
    • Steve Workman 919-625-2187 – Covers all of the USA

Option 2 Ship via USHIP.com

Uship is a brokerage platform for independent shippers. Most individuals, like the shippers listed above, with a box truck or trailer.  These road warriors specialize in items too big for a parcel, but too small for freight. Old coke machines are commonly shipped by Uship carriers.  You can list your machine on Uship, and carriers can choose to bid on the shipment.  We have no affiliation with UShip.

Below are tips on how to use USHIP.com to ship a vintage coke machine to us.

  1. You can get an estimate on Uship – enter your data and Uship will show what others have paid.   Typically machines weigh between 250-400 lbs and are about 60 inches tall.
  2. There are 2 types of listings.
    • Set your own price.  Uship will show you what to expect to pay for the shipment and the likelihood of a carrier choosing it based on the price you set.  You then choose what you want to pay. If a shipper wants to accept it, the price is set, and the deal is done once you approve the carrier.
    • Bid system. You list the details and shippers will place bids on it. Typically the bids will start higher and go down.   You can choose someone at any point you wish.
    • With either, please note the shipper will give you a time frame for pickup and delivery.
  3. Be patient. Many times the first bids are high. If you wait until there is a shipper that is driving near your starting point and ending points, you will get a better price. This is because the best way for the shipper to make money is to collect shipments along their route.
  4. There are fees on top of the shipping price. Uship adds a service fee, and insurance is offered. 
  5. Read reviews before you choose a carrier.
  6. Require the following in the notes when you ship a coke machine
    • Full blanket wrap, it usually takes 3 or 4 larger blankets to wrap it.
    • The shipper needs to have a dolly to move the machine.
    • Vertical shipment. It is best for the cooling system that the machine not be laid down.
    • After restoration, require an enclosed shipment in a box truck or trailer. A few Ushippers offer shipping in an open bed trailer or truck, we do not suggest using these after the machine is restored.
  7. Inspect the machine before you sign off on the shipment. Look for any damage and be sure it is working.
  8. You will have to release the shipper’s money on the Uship web site after they complete the shipment.
  9. Visit www.uship.com for quotes and information.

Option 3 Ship via Fastenal – More work but less cost

1.  If you are willing to do a little more work and not have insurance, a less expensive option for shipping is Fastenal.   
2.  We do not suggest restored shipping machines, only unrestored machines.  Once they are restored, we suggest our preferred carriers.      
3. You will have to put the machine on a pallet, and strap it down with heavy-duty ratchet straps.    If you build a crate around it, it can be insured.  Otherwise it will not be insured. 
4.  And you will have to take it to a local Fastenal location.   (Locations )
4.  Fastenal ONLY ships from store location to store location, NOT door to door.
5.  NOTE:  We charge a $65 pickup fee on our end to drive to get the machine from the local store.   This will be added to your invoice. 
6. To get a quote.