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Heavy Haulage in the UK with uShip

When you have a heavy load delivery to make, e.g. a shipment of very heavy equipment, then you need a company who are specialised and experienced in handling and moving machinery around the UK. uShip is on hand to help you find the ideal heavy haulage companies in the UK, suiting your needs and your budget. Don’t be weighed down by your heavy load, let us lighten the burden.

Our easy to use marketplace makes it simple to move your large equipment, such as tractors, cranes, farming machinery, cranes, or other industrial machinery which you would otherwise find impossible to move. All you need to do is post a listing on our marketplace, give as much information as possible, and then wait for heavy machinery transport companies to to contact you with quotations. From there, you can ask any questions directly, as well as checking customer reviews and safety records, to put your mind at rest before making your final decision. By going through this process, you can be sure that you have chosen the best machinery haulage company for your requirements.

How to Transport Heavy Machinery

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

1 | Create Your Shipment Listing

The most important piece of information when looking for a heavy haulage quote is the details of the piece of equipment itself. You will need the model and make the piece of equipment, the accurate measurements, and you will also need the weight or your best guess on what the weight could be. This will help the various large machinery transport companies put together your bespoke quotation, by deciding whether an extra or specific type of trailer will be required for the job. To find out the specifics of your piece of equipment, you can check the manufacturer’s manual, or you can go online and seek out the same information. It’s vital to give as much detail as you can, to help give you the best prices.

After the equipment specifics, you need to think about your heavy delivery choices. You can have your machinery/equipment transported on a flatbed, or you can have it towed; there is also the option of a specific type of protective trailer. It’s vital that you do some research into the types of movement possible, and come to the best conclusion for your needs.

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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.

On our uShip page, we have a dedicated page profile for each of the companies we work with. This means you can delve a little deeper into their history, their safety details and records, and any customer testimonials and reviews from previous experiences. On the specific profiles, you will also be able to check out photographs of the equipment used, and previous jobs. This will give you a more visual clue of what to expect, and will help you make your decision.

3 | Heavy Equipment Shipment & Delivery

Upon finding a heavy haulage company you're interested in, you can contact them directly to ask questions. If you decide to accept the quote, you should then arrange the finer details of the job. You should pass on any specific information for third parties who might be involved in the pick up and delivery of your equipment also, to help smooth the way. Make sure addresses for this are correct and clear, and have payment ready at the specified time. If you encounter any problems during any of this, you can always contact us for help.

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How Much Does Heavy Equipment Transport Cost?

The price you can expect to pay really varies depending upon the piece of equipment you’re transporting and how you want it moved. Generally speaking, the further the distance, the higher the cost. Local deliveries under 200 miles are around £2.60 per mile and for longer deliveries they hover around £1.14 per mile.

It’s a good idea to head to our uShip cost index page, where you can see previous jobs of a similar nature to yours, and find out the average cost from there. This will give you a greater overview of what to expect, and how your job will run.

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Heavy Haul Transport Options

There are several different options for heavy machinery transportation, and the most commonly used is called flatbed hauling. This is the most simple choice and flatbeds are available in many different sizes, carrying items weighing up to 48,000lb. For this reason, having a set weight for your delivery is vital, to ensure that the company can decide if this is the best method for you. This will also ensure the company know which tools to use for loading and unloading your equipment at the delivery point.

If you only need your equipment to be moved over a short distance, then it could be that your machinery or equipment is suitable for towing. In this case, you need to make a few prior arrangements, including gearbox, and tyres for towing. Giving specific distances will allow your company to decide whether towing is a good option and select the right type of towing truck for your equipment.

There are certain pieces of equipment which are considered ‘oversized’ or generally heavy, and in that case a specific trailer is required. This is usually a step deck or a double drop trailer, which is designed for this specific type of equipment. In this case, there is a chance that your job will require a permit. Your particular haulage company will be able to advise you on this and make the right arrangements prior to the job beginning.

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