When I bought my lathe, it came in a beautiful crated box with..... A perfect forkhole clean through both sides of the box.
I called the fellow in the US who shipped it to me and he said it was the shippers problem.
I called the shipper (US Freight), with photos, and...... They agreed!
They asked me to open the crate before we did anything else. So I did.
As impossible as it seemed, that jitney fork passed right through thin air and didn't damage a thing.
I unpacked the rest of it and set it up. It worked perfectly. I've been happy as a pig in shiest ever since!
It could have been a much worse story to tell.