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Frequently Asked Questions
We conservatively recommend our customers not exceed 1,000 lbs. per side. We are also aware that our stone customers want to avoid multiple trips whenever possible, so please be cautious.
Our customers tell us that 700-800 lbs. is a typical slab.
The 5 inch useable ledgeboard will allow a maximum of (4) 3cm or (4) 1-1/4 inch pieces of stone.
When installed properly and checked periodically, the Barkow stone carriers have proven to provide many years of safe stone transportation. The van racks are bolted on in three locations, and the pickup racks come with 700 Series Stabilizers designed to provide additional strength.
We do recommend balancing the load whenever possible, but we do and will sell just one side. If you are only delivering one large island, for example, it is important to drive conscientiously.
Yes. Check out our gallery where you will see several examples of Sprinters, Nissan NV’s and Ford Transits. Our stone carrier prices do not vary based on the vehicle they are going on, however, they may mount differently on different vehicles.
Primarily because Barkow racks mount approximately 18″ from the ground on the exterior of the truck. This means less handling of the stone and fewer employee injuries. Just take the stone off of the exterior rack, set it on the dolly and away you go!
We encourage a 1-ton cargo van; the additional cost over a ¾ ton van is nominal. The 1-ton van will give you a beefier suspension system and better brakes. If you already own a ¾ ton or even a ½ ton van, you should be able to have a local spring shop install additional leaf springs for less than $500.00. A V8 gas engine should give you all the power you need. Buying a diesel engine will add approximately $5,000, but the diesel engine will last much longer than the gas engine, and gets better fuel mileage.
Since approximately 1985. Barkow was founded in 1879, when we began manufacturing horse drawn wagons for the glass industry. We primarily manufacture carriers and bodies for the glazing industry, but that same technology has been successfully applied to stone transportation.
Yes. Just tell us where you are and what Barkow product you are considering and we will provide some names and phone numbers of people in your area of the country using that product.