Preparing to Ship Heavy Equipment
Because of the extreme size and weight of the machines, heavy equipment transport requires special shipping considerations. Shipping bulldozers, cranes, tractors, or other heavy industrial or farm equipment may require a specialized hauler with the experience and qualifications to transport equipment. It is important to know the specifications of the heavy equipment that will be shipped as the transporter needs to determine the type of trailer or permits that will be needed. These specifications will help with any special considerations that need to be determined before any shipping can take place. You can consult your owner's manual or ritchiespecs.com for more information regarding your equipments dimensions and weight.
There are various shipping options to consider once you know the dimensions of your equipment. Make sure to spend time carefully researching your heavy equipment transport options and choose one that will work for you. Your equipment may be towed, shipped on a flatbed, or it may require a special trailer. International shipping presents a whole new set of decisions as well.
After you research the different ways of transporting your heavy equipment, the next step is choosing a heavy equipment transporter. It is highly recommended that you choose a company with a large amount of heavy equipment hauling, because it is a difficult process and the company needs to be specialized in working with larger equipment. Brokers come with experience working with equipment transport and can help take some of the guesswork out of the shipping process. When you work with a business or an owner/operator you can be more involved in the process and are closer to the boots on the ground for any changes that occur.
All legal carriers are required to have a certain amount of insurance, but you might need to research if your heavy equipment insurance covers transportation. When purchasing heavy equipment freight insurance, make sure you know the details of you policy and be familiar with the claims procedure should the need arise.
Before the day of the move, you will need to acquire all necessary permits for the day of the move. If you have questions as to which permits you need, ask your service provider. Take steps to secure your equipment for transport and prepare for any adverse conditions it may encounter while on transport. Equipment that is overweight or over sized might require special preparations.
By doing a little research and communicating with providers you can ship your heavy equipment without it being a heavy burden.