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Heavy Equipment Shipping with uShip

When you need to ship your heavy equipment, you need a transporter who specializes in heavy hauls. uShip can help you find the best transporter for your equipment shipping. We’ll give you tips on preparing your equipment for transport, help you get heavy haul rates from carriers and help you navigate how to get your equipment shipped. If you feel overloaded, contact us and we’ll lighten the load.

uShip’s marketplace makes it easy to ship your bulldozers, cranes, tractors, and other heavy industrial or farm equipment to your needs and within your budget. Create your shipment listing on uShip with the make and model of your equipment, the pick up and delivery destination, and your timeframe. Heavy haul trucking companies will then give you rates for your review. You’re able to talk to the carriers and review their profiles with their 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

uShip makes heavy equipment shipping as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1 | Create Your Shipment Listing

The first step in shipping heavy equipment is to have the make and model as well as accurate dimensions and weight for the listing. These can help the transporter determine the type of trailer needed and if any special considerations need to be made. You can consult your owner's manual or the Ritchie Specs website for more information regarding your equipment's dimensions and weight. It's always a good idea to include photos of your heavy equipment as well. Providing as much detail as possible will allow transporter's to plan and quote more accurately.

Once you have the dimensions, consider your various heavy equipment shipping options. Your equipment may be towed, shipped on a flatbed, or it may require a special trailer. Carefully research your options and choose one that will work best for you.

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2 | Choose the Best Heavy Equipment Transport

Once your listing is complete, you’ll start getting rates from heavy haul trucking companies as they compete for your business. This ensures you get the best rate. As the quotes come in, you can ask carriers questions and talk to them directly.

Each carrier also has their own profile on uShip with their transportation history, safety records and customer-rated feedback. Make sure that your transporter is licensed by looking at their profile for their Motor Carrier (MC) number. MC numbers are tied in with the FMCSA and can give you their safety rating. Most heavy equipment transport companies will have pictures of their equipment on their profiles as well, so you can see what your equipment will be transported on. We encourage reviewing each profile as well as the prices so you know you’re choosing the best heavy haul service provider.

3 | Heavy Equipment Shipment & Delivery

After you have selected a transporter, contact them directly with any additional details, questions or concerns regarding your equipment transport. Provide them any third party contact information required for smooth transport and work with them in regards to the pick up and delivery locations. Have the payment prepared at the agreed upon time. If you run into any issues along the way, give us a call. We’re here to help before, during and after your transport.

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How Much Does Heavy Equipment Transport Cost?

The cost to transport heavy equipment varies greatly based on the equipment being transported. 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 better idea of what your heavy haul would cost, take a look at our cost to ship index. There, you’ll find hundreds of heavy equipment shipments completed through the uShip marketplace and get a better idea of how we work.

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Heavy Haul Shipping Options

Flatbed hauling is the most common method of shipping heavy equipment. For the majority of heavy equipment shipping needs, a simple flatbed will 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 choosing a flatbed hauler, 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.

For short distance moves, your equipment may be able to be towed. Make sure that you know which preparations need to be made to safely tow your machinery, such as preparing the gearbox and tires for towing conditions. Specialty towing companies will have a variety of tow trucks to handle many types and sizes of equipment.

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. Consult with your transport provider so that necessary permits and special considerations are taken care of.

How to Transport Heavy Equipment

Heavy haul transporters will have their insurance coverage abilities on their profile. All legal carriers are required to have a certain amount of insurance, but you may need to purchase more in order to be properly protected. When purchasing heavy equipment freight insurance, make sure you know what your policy covers and how to make a claim should the need arise.

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.

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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