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When it comes to shipping heavy equipment, you need a transporter who specializes in heavy hauls. uShip helps you find the best heavy equipment transport option. We'll help you get heavy equipment transport rates from carriers, give you tips on preparing your equipment, and help you navigate the entire process. If you feel overloaded, contact us and we'll lighten the load.

The uShip marketplace makes it easy to transport bulldozers, cranes, tractors, and other heavy industrial or farm equipment within your budget Create your heavy equipment shipping listing on uShip, including the make and model of your equipment, the pick up and delivery locations, and your timeframe. Heavy haul transport companies will reply with rates for you to review. Then, you can talk to the carriers and review their profiles, which include transport history, safety records and customer-rated feedback, so you know you're working with the best heavy equipment shipping company.

How to Transport Heavy Equipment

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Before you prepare your uShip shipment listing, get prepared with the make and model of the item with accurate dimensions and weight. The more information you can list, the more accurately the heavy equipment transporter can price your needs. You can check your owner's manual for the details if you need or the Ritchie Specs website for information on your equipment. For heavy equipment especially, it's a good idea to include photos so the transporter can plan and quote more accurately.

You have different heavy equipment shipping options depending on your item's size and weight. The equipment may be towed, transported on a flatbed, or require a special trailer. Carefully research your options to choose the best one for your needs and budget.

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Once you complete and submit your uShip heavy equipment shipping listing , heavy haul transporters will responds with competing quotes for your business. As the quotes come in, you can communicate with the transporters directly to ask questions and discuss plans.

Each heavy equipment transport carrier has a profile on uShip where you can review their transportation history, safety records, and customer-rated feedback. Most profiles include photos of the transporter's heavy hauling equipment as well, so you can see how your item will travel. You should review each transporter's profile as well as their prices to help you make the best decision.


Once you select your heavy equipment transporter, you can contact them immediately with additional details, questions, and concerns about your transport. At this point, you should provide third-party contact information and identify pick up and delivery locations. You'll also make arrangements for payment and timeframe. If you run into any issues along the way, uShip is here to help before, during, and after the transport.

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How Much Does Heavy Equipment Transport Cost?

Heavy equipment transport cost varies greatly based on the equipment being transported. The cost to ship heavy equipment longer distances, over 500 kms, averages $1.61 per km, while shorter distance shipments average $4.87 per km, depending on a number of factors including the price of fuel and location within Canada.

To get a better idea of your heavy equipment transport cost, you can look at our cost to ship index. There, you'll find hundreds of heavy equipment shipments completed through the uShip marketplace for a better idea of what to expect with pricing.

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Heavy Haul Shipping Options

Most heavy equipment hauling occurs on flatbed trucks. In most cases, this requires just a simple flatbed. However, flatbeds come in various sizes and capacities to enable easy loading and unloading – some can carry up to 48,000 lbs. When choosing a flatbed hauler, you must confirm that the truck can handle your heavy equipment and that you have the tools to load and unload.

For short distance heavy equipment shipping, the equipment may be towed. In this case, you must confirm that you know what preparations are required to safely tow. For example, you should prepare the gearbox and tires for towing conditions. Specialty towing companies have a variety of tow trucks for handling many types and sizes of equipment.

Oversized or very heavy equipment may require a special trailer. Step deck and double drop trailers allow loading and hauling larger and heavier equipment. It your equipment warrants a specialty trailer, it will also require special permits. You'll need to consult with your heavy equipment transport provider to provide permits and handle special delivery issues.


Heavy equipment transport providers have their coverage listed on their uShip profile. All legal carriers must have a certain amount of insurance. Still, you may want to purchase additional insurance to be properly protected. When purchasing heavy equipment transport insurance, you must make sure what your policy covers and how to make a claim if the need arises.

Heavy Haul Recommendations

  • Know what is covered under your transporter's insurance and how Freight Insurance protects you.
  • Know your chosen transporter's customer reputation and transport history.
  • Know how to properly list and measure your heavy equipment.
  • Know which permits, if any, will be required for your heavy equipment shipment.
  • Know what equipment will be required to properly load and unload your heavy equipment.

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Commonly Listed Shipments

  • Tractors
  • Skid Steer Loaders
  • Backhoes
  • Hydraulic Excavators
  • Forklifts
  • Heavy Trucks
  • Crawler Loaders
  • Boom Lifts
  • Mowers
  • Scissor Lifts
  • Trenchers
  • Motor Graders
  • Industrial Plant Equipment
  • Agriculture/Farm Equipment
  • Construction Equipment

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