This was a pretty crazy situation. It had a potential to become a disaster in terms of pissed off people, money paid and money lost by the customer. The customer ordered a saw pictured below. They specified particularly how it needs to be trucked because they have a small yard. The machine had to be on the back of a small tractor trailer. We had a simple plan on how to unload it with their crane and our forklift.
Instead, the machine came on a huge tractor trailer combination and it was in the middle of a 53 foot spread axle stepdeck. In addition, it was forbidden to lift it with a forklift.It could only be picked up from top. Recriminations between the seller and trucking company started (we were not at fault) and talk began about us leaving and not getting paid, one of my least favorite scenarios.
Instead, we proposed that we bring a crane tomorrow to unload the machine from the trucking company truck in a vacant lot nearby in Chicago. Then we load it on the back of our truck, back out truck in their yard/dock, and unload. This is how it worked out, they paid for one day and paid even better for another day. It is not easy to find a rigger that do such stuff on a short notice, reloading trucks in a vacant lot.