How to Ship Heavy Equipment

In order to ensure your heavy equipment shipment goes smooth, there are certain measures you’ll have to take. First is to make sure you’re positive you have chosen the appropriate transport option for your heavy equipment. Keep in mind most equipment will need to be shipped on a flatbed or standard trailer, in some cases you may be able to have it towed. For larger or non-moving equipment, you will likely  require a specialized trailer such as a Step deck or a Double Drop deck. For international shipments, you can use a Roll-On/Roll-off service, or a flat-rack container on an overseas transport vessel.

Below we’ll explain the differences between these options:

Flatbed Hauling

Flatbed hauling is probably the most common method of shipping heavy equipment and is usually more widely available. For the majority of heavy equipment shipping needs, a simple flatbed should be sufficient. Flatbeds are available in a variety of sizes and capacities, allow for easy loading and unloading and can carry up to 48,000 pounds. When consulting with your transport company be sure to confirm that that the truck will be able to handle the weight of your equipment and that you have the tools necessary to load and unload it.

Towing Short Distances

If you’re only going a short distance, your equipment may be able to be towed. Make sure you know which preparations need to be made to safely tow your machinery. This would include preparing the gearbox and tires for towing conditions.

Special Trailers

You may require a special trailer for over-sized or very heavy equipment. Step deck and double drop trailers can allow for taller or heavier equipment to be loaded and transported. If your equipment warrants a specialty trailer, there is a high likelihood that it will also require special permits. When ordering, consult with your transport representative to make sure the necessary permits and special considerations are taken care of.

Be sure you choose a qualified transporter than can fulfill your needs and expectations with whatever option you choose. Call the experts at Auto Transport 123 for a free quote and get your heavy equipment shipped by the best!

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