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Trade Show Shipping Crate Assembly Process

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Assembly instructions
 #1 Gather tools and prepare panels

1. To assemble your crate, you’ll need the following tools; cutting pliers, 9/16” socket wrench (ratchet suggested), a ladder, and the bag of hardware provided.

2. Carefully cut the banding to release the crate’s sides, ends and lid panels. Be careful! The strapping material can be sharp.

3. Unstack the panels and lean against a wall or sturdy table to allow for easy access.

 
#2 Prepare for End Panel "A"
  • From the hardware bag, select 2 bolts with washers to have ready.
  • Pick up End panel A, which weighs around 60 lbs. Rest the panel on the 4x4 skids and slide back and forth until you have aligned the “A” clocking marks on the base. The panel’s edge should align to the edge of the deck and not the edge of the 4x4 skid.
  • Insert the bolts one-at-a-time and hand tighten into the receiving weld nut. Be careful not to over tighten the bolts! This will be done as the last step. You may need to move the panel side-to-side slightly to gain alignment for both bolts.
  • Once both bolts are installed the panel will stand vertically without the need for your support.
 
#3 Prepare for End panel “C”
  • Select two more bolts & washers to have ready for the next panel.
  • Pick up End panel “C”, which weighs around 65 lbs. Rest the panel on the 4x4 skids and slide back and forth until you have aligned the “C” clocking marks on the base. The panels edge should align to the edge of the deck, not the edge of the 4x4 skid.
  • Insert the bolts one-at-a-time and hand tighten into the receiving weld nut. You may need to move the panel side-to-side slightly to gain alignment for both bolts.
  • Once both bolts are installed the panel will stand vertically without the need for your support.
 
#4 Prepare for Side panel “B”
  • Select 8 bolts & washers to have ready for the next panel
  • Pick up Side panel “B”, which weighs around 65 lbs. Rest it across the three 4x4 skids, slide back-and-forth until you have aligned the “A” & “C” clocking marks.
  • Insert the bolts one-at-a-time at the base and hand tighten into the receiving weld nut. You may need to move the panel side-to-side slightly to gain alignment for both bolts.
  • Once both bolts are installed the panel will stand vertically without the need for your support.
  • Proceed to install the remaining 6 bolts at each bolt location for Side Panel “B”. Hand tighten into the weldnut. You will see the end of the bolt protruding out of the weldnut on the other side.
 
#5 Load crate with your items
  • At this point you will load your items into the crate. Once items are placed you need secure to the deck by way of straps or blocking and bracing.
  • Do not leave items loose on the deck as they can move around during transit and become damaged, or worse impact the side wall with enough force to break free from the crate.
 
#6 Prepare for Side panel “D”
  • Select 8 bolts & washers to have ready for the next panel.
  • Pick up Side panel “D”, which weighs around 65 lbs. Rest it across the three 4x4 skids, slide back and forth until you have aligned the “A” & “C’ clocking marks.
  • Insert the bolts one-at-a-time at the base and hand tighten into the receiving weld nut. You may need to move the panel side-to-side slightly to gain alignment for both bolts.
  • Once both bolts are installed the panel will stand vertically without the need for your support.
  • Proceed to install the remaining 6 bolts at each bolt location on Side panel “D”. Hand tighten into the weldnut. You will see the end of the bolt protruding out of the weldnut on the other side.
 
#7 Prepare for the “Lid” panel
  • We recommend you get assistance to place the lid to avoid injuring yourself
  • Pick up the lid panel, which weighs around 45 lbs. Match the alpha-numeric clocking marks on the vertical panels to the lid panel and rest the lid on the 4 vertical wall.
  • Select 8 bolts and washers from the hardware bag
  • Standing on a ladder or step stool, drop the bolts into bolt holes on the lid. You may need to move the panel side-to-side to gain alignment for both bolts. Hand tighten the bolt into the weldnut. You will see the end of the bolt protruding out of the weldnut underneath.
 
#8 Tighten all bolts
Now that all the panels are in place go to each bolt and tighten down past “snug”. Do not use impact tools.  
This crate is now ready to ship!

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