Harmonic balancer shipping tips...
(revised 9/2014)
...The Post office "Priority Mail , medium sized Flat Rate Box" if an excellent shipping alternative. {8 1/2" *11" * 5 1/2" high}
The postage is $12.35 each direction {$ 16.85 if you must use the larger 12" x 12" X 5 1/2" box.)(plus $500 maximum insurance coverage which adds about $1.25 per $100 of value to price if you elect to insure)... [photos below...]
...The Postal service says this is a 2 to 3 day( travel time) service and I believe they count Saturday, which is quite fast, and for the price, excellent.
...There is a "signature required" optional service (another $ 1.35) but I do not recommend this as the postman must find me to get a signature before he can leave it; and as I am usually out in my workshop and can not hear the door bell there, this can add an extra day or two to the actual delivery time.
...To use this "Flat rate box" service, you must ship your package in their box, which they give your free at your local post office. ("medium size Flat Rate Box")
...I recommend the following to help ensure your parts travel safely:
  • Add extra inside heavy hardboard lining (bottom and sides ) to increase box strength.
  • Pad your harmonic balancer all around being especially careful to protect the oil seal surface and the thin edge next to any machined "v-belt" grooves.(Tightly crumpled newpaper, two layers thick is the best protection.)
  • Tightly pack the remaining space inside with tightly crumpled newpapers (two layers thick), so that the parts can not rattle around at all, once the box is sealed shut. (foam peanuts shift and bubble wrap bubbles break !)

...If you think your part can reasonably survive a six foot high drop on to a concrete floor without damage, then you are ready to ship your harmonic balancer package off to me.
...To save waiting in line at the post office when you drop your package off, you can purchase postage and print your mailing label on line at www.usps.com. Click on shipping domestic package, priority mail, then enter your credit card information as you open an online account, then enter your return address information and my address:
...At the last you go down near the bottom of the page and click "flat rate box" just before checkout for relialble shipping at only $12.35 each way!
...When done, you can just give it to your mailman or walk to the counter at your favority post office and just drop it off (no waiting in line necessary!).(There is usually a special part of their counter for package drop offs)
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Dale Manufacturing
3425 Fairhaven Avenue N.E.
Salem, Oregon 97301
(503) 364- 8685
...When you take your package in to the post office they invite you to just come up to the counter and drop it off without waiting in line, since it is ready to ship with postage prepaid.
(Of course the post office will gladly do the label for you; but remember, they might rather try to sell you their regular priority mail service which is more expensive, approxiamately twice as much), and you do need to use their "Flat Rate" box for this special service.
...There are two sizes of (free) flat rate boxes available from the post office, but the 8 1/2" by 11" by 5 1/2" high size might be most useful ($ 12.35 cost). If your part is large, then use the 12" X 12" x 5 1/2" flat rate box ( Cost is $ 16.85 for this size.) If your part will not fit in either size box, then you must use some other shipping method. (There is one more size 12 X 13 X 3 3/8" for flat designs at $12.35)
...I hope these ideas are helpful;

Regards,

David "Dale" Langsather
Owner of Dale Manufacturing.
..The post office has a new 'next 
day by 12 noon' service that is called
... Begin by folding up the bottom shape and taping the flaps closed and across the bottom with 3/4" fiberglass filiment shipping tape. Then cover this tape with 2" wide clear shipping tape to prevent the stronger tape being 'rolled' up during shipping.
...The second size box ("medium size flat rate box") , (seen here in the back ground) measures 11" * 8 1/2" * 5 1/2" inside. Probably this is the best size for most balancers
Part # 0-FRB-1. Cost is $ 12.35
...A third size box (large flat rate box) is 12 * 12 * 5 1/2" and suitable for larger parts. cost is $ 16.85
Please reinforce box as follows:
...I recommend that you line the inside of the box with pieces of heavy cardboard as the box is rather thin cardboard.
...This piece is laid in the bottom of the box first.
...Here, heavy cardboard is cut out and placed around the inside perimeter, especially important for heavier parts. It also protects your part should another heavy box or object strike the outside.
...(I like to put strapping tape across the flaps, for extra strength).
...3/4" Fiberglass Strapping filliment tape goes over the center and down over each flap of the top next.
...Next, cover the strapping tape with 2" clear shipping tape as you did on the bottom.
...Now you can take it to your post office and they will print off a shipping label for you and collect your $12.35 for the 2-day air service {or $ 16.85 for the larger size box.} (remember, it is any weight up to 70 pounds) or you can print off the postage-paid shipping label on your home computer. Go to www.USPS.com and follow the instructions, selecting "Flat Rate Box".
...If you print your own label and pay for the postage on line, then you can either just drop it off at the postoffice counter (no waiting in line) or ask your postman to pick up the package from your home or office (which they will do free of charge). {I just tape a note to our mail box asking the mailman to please pick up the waiting priority mail package that is ready by the front door,... and off the package goes.}
...The shipping address again is:

Dale Manufacturing
3425 Fairhaven Avenue N.E.
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 364-8685
...Here I am adding the shipping label I printed off. The part at the right is your receipt.
...The label is placed on the right side and completely covered with 2" clear shipping tape. Please be sure to cover the joint to the side with tape also.
Smooth down the clear shipping tape all over.
...Here is the note I tape to my mail box so the postman knows to come to the door and pick up the package (no charge).
...I have a shipping box by the front door for convenient pick up and delivery of packages.
...The package should arrive at your home in two days (three days if a Sunday in included).
...Your harmonic balancer should be ready to give you many reliable miles of service again.
...Here I am, Your humble harmonic balancer rebuilder.
...My name is David Langsather and I have been rebuilding harmonic balancers for 32 years now. I do all the work myself (with my wife Karen who does shipping, receiving, cleanup and painting).
...I am looking forward to serving you...