Sales of gun safes have sharply increased over the last year or so. To try to catch up, some safe manufacturers have added additional work shifts while others have expanded their gun safe manufacturing capabilities. This customer demand has benefited locksmiths who sell gun safes and related safe products.
For those locksmiths who are thinking about starting to sell safes, specifically gun safes, it is extremely important to consider the best way to get those safes to the customers’ locations.
There are two basic methods:
- The locksmith delivers the safe
- The locksmith hires a delivery service.
Hiring a third party to deliver can be a losing proposition in several regards. The company you hire will most likely not have the same care and concerns about delivering the safe to your customer as you do. For evidence, look at small package delivery by UPS, Fed Ex or the Post Office. Think about the unforeseen problems that can occur to a package weighing 500 to more than 1,000 pounds.
Money is the other consideration. Hiring a company to deliver safes is expensive. It will dramatically cut into your bottom line.
Consider Costco, a big box membership store. Costco sells low-cost safes that weigh 500-plus pounds. However, the price of the safe only includes curbside delivery, which is the side of the road or sidewalk that is nearest to the curb. If the customer wants the safe in the residence or office, he or she must negotiate with the delivery company. Delivery companies normally set their own prices. This can add hundreds and hundreds of dollars to the cost of the safe.
On the other hand, delivering a safe is not easy. Safes are bulky, cumbersome and heavy. The average gun safe weighs about 700 pounds. Weights range from 80-pound small gun cabinets up to 5000-plus pounds for an AMSEC TL-30X6 with the gun safe interior. The largest AMSEC TL-30 RF6528 gun safe weighs 3455 pounds. The average AMSEC built-in-the -USA gun safe weighs 850 to 1600 pounds plus.
Although the size of the gun safe is significant in the determining factors for the weight, not all safes of the same size weigh the same. Safes, especially dual purpose safes, i.e. including most gun safes, are built for burglary resistance and fire resistance. Some are built to UL RSC label, California Department of Justice label or to no label.
The amount of barrier material, which would include metal and fire retardant poured insulation, determines the weight of the safe. This specialized lightweight cement-like compound adds security protection as well as fire resistance. Drywall-equipped gun safes only gain fire resistance from the drywall. Remember: A jewelry safe that is a TL-15, TL-30 or TL-30x6 can be constructed to gun safe specifications.
The necessary equipment to deliver a gun safe is determined by the weight and size. The heavier the safe, the more expensive the equipment that will be required. Stair climbing hand trucks are sold by their capacity.
Safes can be more than four feet wide and 28 inches deep, making it difficult to navigate through narrow hallways and around corners.
The equipment necessary to move a safe includes a 20-21” wide pallet jack with 28” to 32” long forks and a trailer or liftgate-equipped truck. The 20-21” width enables the pallet jack to move through narrow hallways. Its smaller size gives more room to navigate. This size pallet jack can move safes up to 5500 pounds, depending upon the manufacturer and model. For the most part, larger pallet jacks won’t fit the smaller safes.
Think about the largest safe you are planning on selling. This can help to determine the weight capacity of the vehicle or trailer. Truck liftgate models are available with a capacity of 1,000 to 6,600 pounds. A tilting, kneeling or hydraulic trailer can also be used, making it easier to get the safe on and off.
Air-Tow Trailers have a deck that can be lowered to the ground having a seven-degree ramp angle. These trailers have a 75” wide deck to accommodate multiple safes. The hydraulics are powered by a battery.
Selling safes normally carries two additional expenses: shipping the to your location presale, and transporting the safe to the customer post-sale.
This trailer turns safe moving or delivery into a one-man job.
First and foremost, nobody was injured. Second, this container is a rental unit for me. I did not damage anyone else’s safe. Third, no one else’s property was damaged. Lastly, the glass relocker...