Transporting Heavy Equipment

In any business, one of the biggest problems that needed to be solved is transport costs. Transporting heavy equipments across the country, or shipping them across the world, would take a special set of considerations simply because of their bulk and weight.

It is not easy to ship bulldozers, tractors, or cranes or any other heavy industrial equipment because these are not ordinary pieces of machinery. All of them, therefore, require specialized haulers because they all have their own unique shipping options and special preparations, including their own special freight insurances.

Shipping options

The first order of the day is to know the exact dimensions and weight for the transporter. This will determine the type of transport needs or shipping options, and if there would be any special considerations.

Would the equipment be towed, shipped on a flatbed, or would it need a special trailer?

Some flatbeds can carry up to 48,000 pounds. Can the truck handle the total weight? Would loading and unloading be easy enough?

Shipping equipments abroad would definitely need a whole new set of considerations, as well. International shipments usually use roll-on/roll-off service or flat-rack containers on transport vessels.

Sometimes, it is necessary to disassemble the equipment during shipment and reassemble it on arrival. Of course, one should not neglect ordinary precautions such as draining of fluids, disconnecting batteries, securing any loose parts, and protecting parts that could take water damage from rain.

Be sure to have another transport arrangement of your equipment from the port to the warehouse where it will be kept before use. Your transporting company should be able to provide the services (special cranes, ramps, pick-up trucks, etc.) for the loading and unloading process.

Choosing your heavy equipment transporter

For a difficult job such as hauling heavy equipments, the company you choose should be experienced enough. They should be familiar with the services, your insurance needs, and the paperwork involved.

First, do your research and check out their credentials. Do not be shy in asking for references and past customers’ reviews. (Check out Better Business Bureau.)

The total delivery time should be a big consideration in your choice. Long hauls (and frequent transfers) can lead to wear and tear on your equipments. Unusually short delivery times should also be treated with caution. Ask them on their on-time delivery rates.

Special Considerations

Overweight and oversized equipments sometimes need special transport permits. Machines that are very tall or very wide may not fit under bridges and power lines. Sometimes, the total weight of your shipment might also be over the limit on most regular roads.

For cases like these, the hauling of your equipment will need special transport considerations. Your transporting company can obtain permits from the local Dept. of Transportation, Motor Carrier Division.

Freight insurance

Hauling companies are required to have a certain amount of liability and cargo insurance for them to be able to cover any damage during the transport. Should you feel the coverage is not enough, there is usually a third party that offers competitive rates for your added insurance needs.

Should your equipment is damaged during the transport process, note them down in specific terms on the “Bill of Lading” for the delivery driver to sign before you accept the delivery. There won’t any problem if you are well-versed with your insurance coverage. Also, most shipping companies are usually helpful and want to resolve complaints quickly.

Transporting heavy equipment is not that easy – whether your destination is the next district or somewhere around the planet. However, with the right transport company, the right insurance, plus a lot of preparation and research, it can be smoother.