How strong are support poles in a garage?

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How strong are support poles in a garage?

I've got a 3-bay garage with a woodshop & studios above. In the garage are 4 round support poles, two between each bay.

I want to get a pallet of rock salt situated in the garage, without having to unstack & re-stack it where I want it. My thought was to push it as far back into one of the bays with my tractor & forks (no, the tractor wont fit in the garage). Then, I was going to rig up a harness on the base of the supports further away, and use the winch on my Gator to haul the pallet laterally into position between the bays. The pallet weighs approx 2,500lbs.

Will those poles handle this load, or am I risking structural damage? Theres going to be two pallets in play here, I'd prefer not having to re-stack 100 bags @ 50 lbs each.

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$28 to rent a 6,000 lbs pallet jack for 4-hours from Home Depot ($50 deposit)
 
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Work like an Egyptian. lay some pieces of pipe on the floor. Then set your pallet on top of the pipe rollers. Then you can push the pallet where you want.

 
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Way too many unknowns to even hazard a guess.
 
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Two summers ago we moved our hot tub, which weighs 1400#, from one pad across the patio then onto the new pad.

We used (6) 6" PVC pipes and it took nothing to push across!

Set that pallet in the correct position on a cement floor with some Sch 40 sections of pipe and let the wife move it for you!
 
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That's what I was afraid of, the unknowns. I think everything is solid and in sound shape, but I'd hate to take a support out in the process. I thought of the rolling, but how would I get them out? Renting a pallet jack is a great idea, also, but it's a half hour each way to HD or Lowes, all for what will be less than a 5 minute job.
 
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Take the rollers out after the pallet is empty.
 
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Use a lever and fulcrum to lift the pallet once you have it in position and remove the rollers. You can also use a lever and fulcrum to walk the pallet a few inches with each lift.
 
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Ok, since nobody nobody gave the "easy" answer

SOLUTION
Find or borrow 2 steel appliance dollies.

Slide the nose of each dolly under opposite sides of the pallet.
Place two 50 lbs bag towards the far end of each dolly. (You can use duck-tape between the arms of the dolly to create a temporary cradle if necessary)

The pallet will lift off the ground, allowing you to roll it on the dolly wheels.
(If the pallets are low quality, you may need to slide two 1/2" steel square bars under the pallet to avoid pulling the outer planks right out of the pallet)

MATH
Each pallet weighs ~2,300 lbs, (after taking off four 50 lbs bags.)
Lifting from two sides requires 1,150 lbs of force.
Generating 1,150 lbs of upward force from 100 lbs of downward force requires a simple lever ~12 x 1 ratio.
An appliance dolly, conveniently, has about 15 x 1 ratio.
 
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