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WHAT IS HEAVY EQUIPMENT TRANSPORT
Heavy equipment transport services are shipping services specializing in the transport of tractors, forklifts, and backhoes and other machinery. The service is different from less than truckload (LTL) where shipment does not take an entire truck and the items being shipped weigh less (100 to 10,000 pounds only) or from the Full truckload (FTL) mode of shipment where the shipment requires an entire truck. In Heavy equipment transports, needs special freight carriers and sometimes specialize trailers to haul certain equipment items. Heavy equipment transport also requires special handling and oversize load permits. If you have heavy equipment and you need transport services, Zhipping can help you. Zhipping can find you the right heavy hauls specialist to make sure that your heavy equipment shipment is smoothly and efficiently delivered. With Zhipping you can make sure that all the things needed for your heavy equipment shipment such as freight insurance and provide you the best trucking options for your shipment needs. Your heavy equipment may be shipped on a flatbed or standard trailer but in some cases, it may be towed. If your equipment is non-moving, you may need a specialized trailer such as a step-deck or a double drop deck. Zhipping will find one of you. If you need international shipments services, Zhipping will find you a roll-on/roll-off service, or a flat-rack container.
TYPES OF HEAVY EQUIPMENT
- Military Equipment
- Batch Equipment
- Construction Equipment
- Mining Equipment
- Oilfield Equipment
- Commercial Equipment
- Industrial Equipment
- Aggregate Equipment
FLATBED HEAVY HAUL
More often in heavy equipment shipment, you may only need a simple flatbed. This may provide you all your heavy equipment need. They come in a variety of sizes and capacities. Flatbeds allow easy loading and unloading and they can usually carry a maximum of 48,000 pounds. If you need a flatbed hauler, make sure that the trucking service can handle the weight of the equipment and have the tools necessary to load and unload the heavy equipment.
SPECIAL TRAILERS FOR HEAVY HAUL TRUCKING
For extra heavy and oversized heavy equipment, you may need a special trailer. Step-deck and double drop trailers can allow for taller or heavier equipment to be loaded and transported. Sometimes you may need a specialty trailer for your special heavy equipment. If you need such, you may also need a special permit. Make sure that you discuss this matter to your transport provider so that necessary permits and special considerations are taken care of.
TOWING HEAVY EQUIPMENT
If you need to move your heavy equipment for short distances, then your options are towing. Your heavy equipment will be moved through towing if the distance is relatively short. Towing is the best option for this kind of needs. Make sure that you know what needs to happen to safely tow your heavy equipment, such as preparing the gearbox and tires for towing conditions. Companies that specialize in towing will be able to handle many types and sizes of equipment.
PREPARING FOR HEAVY HAUL TRANSPORT
If you have agreed for a pickup, discuss with your transporter first to make sure they have all the necessary permits for transport. You may also ask your transporter about the things you need to prepare for the transport of your equipment. Your transporter will give you tips based on the specification of your equipment and based on their experience. Discuss also the necessary permits and what to do to acquire them with ease. Below are a few steps you can take when shipping your equipment
- Check the Manual: This is the first step in getting your equipment ready for transport. If you don’t have the manual, you can check it on your manufacturer’s website. The manual may contain steps and measures to take when transporting your heavy equipment and may include emptying, engine fluids, disconnecting batteries, or securing loose parts.
- Obtain the Necessary Permits: this is the second step. Transporting heavy equipment may require a necessary permit for oversized and overweight loads. The FMCSA has to clear your shipment for certain height and load limits. Remember that large equipment loaded on a trailer may be too tall to go under power lines and bridges, or travel certain roads. Discuss this matter with your transporter before the pickup date to secure these permits. This is necessary to prevent delays or legal complications.
- Cover Vulnerable Parts: This is the third step. Your equipment is most likely to be hauled in an open-air thereby exposing it to the elements. Some parts may be vulnerable to rain and wind so they need to be covered. If it is hauled during the winter month, prepare your machine against cold and freezing. You may also need to protect your heavy equipment against heat. Use the manual for guidelines regarding protection.
- Be Prepared for Pickup and Drop-off: This is the last step. You will need an open area at the pickup and drop-off points to load and unload your equipment. Some added equipment may be necessary for loading and unloading, such as loading docks, ramps, or cranes.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO TRANSPORT HEAVY EQUIPMENT?
The cost to transport heavy equipment is dependent on the heavy equipment being shipped. The cost to ship heavy equipment longer distances, over 500 miles, averages $1.75 per mile, while shorter distance shipments average $5.00 per mile. To get a good picture of the cost of shipment for heavy equipment, you can take a look at our cost to ship heavy equipment page. We also have our shipment calculator. Use it to get a better idea of how we work.