Shipping Wars Episode Recap: Robotic Hand and Taxidermy

Item 1:  Hand of Man — Robotic Crushing Hand Sculpture

This load is a hydrolic hand structure that can lift and crush cars.  It’s headed to a cancer research fundraiser within 3 days.  After Marc wins the load, he realizes how many pieces need loading — and without any damage.  Things are looking good, but Marc realizes there’s hydrolic fluid leaking while making the drive to Los Angeles.  Marc cuts loose on the side of the highway, giving the profanity bleep button a real workout.   And then he runs into some engine problems, along with being exhausted, just 30 minutes from the drop point.  Marc ends up putting his trailer put on another tractor to get the job done.

Hand of Man

Dimensions:  hand & forearm, 28′ x 6′ x 6′ 4500lbs
4 outrigger legs, each, 12′ x 6′ x 1′, triangular, 300lbs (1200 lbs total)
controller tripod, 8′ x 10′ x 7′, triangular, 1000 lbs
Power unit, 6′ x 3′ x 6′, 3500lbs
tool box, 4′ x 3′ x 4′, 1000 lbs
pallet of misc hoses, brackets, etc. 6′ x 2′ x 1′, 800 lbs
12 empty 55 gallon drums, each, 3.5′ x 2′ x 2′, 30 lbs (360 lbs total)
Origin/Destination:  Taos, N.M to Los Angeles (916 miles)
Winning Bidder:  Marc
Winning Shipping Bid:  $3800
Total Profit:  $-100 for three days work
Total Bids Received
:  7 (high bid: Marc $4,500)

 Item 2:  Taxidermy

In Episode 1 of Season 3, Jennifer and Roy shipped 9 scary rodeo bulls, but in Episode 2, Jarrett lands a shipment of taxidermy that was far more tame and didn’t require as much care and feeding as Jenn/Roy’s shipment.  The load consisted of 4 nearly-life-sized animals — a lion, two hyena, one of which is sinking its teeth into the neck a zebra.  Very National Geographic-style.   But for Jarrett, who’s no stranger to the cougars, even a load of dead, stuffed animals can cause trouble — even to the point of being arrested (?).  He’s pulled over and read his rights for alledgedly carrying stolen property.    But it turns out to be a prank.   In the end, still the customer isn’t terribly happy with the condition of the taxidermy structure — but then they proceed to separate the pieces from the base.  Jarrett vows to turn a new leaf on future shipments after not getting documentation of the load’s condition.

Taxidermy
Dimensions
:  18 feet long; 450 lbs mounted animals to wood foundation
Origin/Destination
: Driftwood, Texas to Mound City, Missouri (847 miles) 
Winning Bidder
:  Jarrett
Winning Shipping Bid
:  $850
Total Profit:  $400 for three days
Total Bids Received
:  10 (high bid: Jennifer $1,200)

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