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Crane Transport - Complex Shipping Made Simple
Crane Shipping Tips, Tricks, and Things You Should Know
Shipping a crane can require complex logistics and adherence to legal requirements that can vary from state to state. VeriTread is here to take the headache out of the entire process. Our service connects shippers with qualified transport companies around the country who have extensive experience in transporting cranes along with other heavy machinery and oversize loads. The process is streamlined when using our network, but it's always important to know the details of crane transport when you are looking for a hauler.
Smaller cranes known as truck cranes can be driven from site to site and generally move very easily. Rough terrain cranes can generally be transported on one or two trucks depending on their size and weight.
Most larger cranes (tower and crawler cranes) require 4 or more trucks to transport it from one job site to the next. Booms, jibs, cabs, and counterweights may all require a unique truck or trailer for transport. Some of the larger tower cranes can require a dozen trucks. This complex project can be made even more difficult if oversize or wide loads permits are required and it crosses state lines. These permits usually take about 10 days after being applied for but some states make them available immediately while others may require an application fee as well--so plan ahead!
A major consideration when shipping cranes and components are their height on the trailer(s). Anything over 13.5 feet tall will require a permit for transport. Width is also important, because anything wider than 8.5 feet will require an oversize load permit, and anything wider than 12 feet will require escort vehicles. It’s important to follow the crane manufacturer’s instructions on disassembling and transporting the machine. Many manufactured have certain steps that must be followed to successfully transport their machine.
Make sure the trailer(s) are on level ground when loading and be aware of any obstacles in the area. Ensure that any hatches, windows, and doors are closed and properly secured. Strap down any loose items during transport, and remove all personal belongings from the crane’s cab and storage compartments. If any glass will face forward in the direction of travel, it’s a good idea to protect it from debris with some cardboard.
Finally, make sure that the driver(s) use the crane’s intended strapdown points to strap or chain it in place. Most carriers will send you photos of the loaded crane at both the pickup and drop off points, but it's always a good idea take your own pics to document the crane’s condition before it is driven away.
How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Crane?
Shipping a crane is not a task for beginners, especially if it is a large crane that will require disassembly, transport on multiple trucks and reassembly at the job site. Crane transport requires a team knowledgeable about the entire process, from pick up to drop off to ensure your crane is hauled safely and efficiently.
The four main factors the effect the price of shipping a crane are:
- Dimensions of your Crane
- Trailer Type Utilized in Transport
- Distance the Crane needs to move
- Loading Assistance and Disassembly
VeriTread can provide a quick estimate to ship a crane by using our exclusive heavy equipment freight estimator.
To receive an actual transport provider quote, can you post your crane to our freight marketing place free of charge and receive vetted carrier quotes from the largest network of equipment transport providers in North America.
At VeriTread We Transport All Crane Types
Construction Crane Transport Types
- Aerial Cranes
- Fixed Cranes
- Jacking Tower Cranes
- Material Handling Cranes
- Self Erecting Cranes
- Telescopic Cranes
- Tower Cranes
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Mobile Crane Hauling
Tired or Treads? No problem. We can safely transport your Mobile Crane from pick up to drop off. Our carriers have the right trailer for your heavy haul move. Lowboy trailer transport available to haul your mobile crane fast and efficient with our dedicated drivers.
Mobile Crane Transport Types
- All Terrain Cranes
- Boom Cranes
- Carry Deck Cranes
- Crawler Cranes
- Loader Cranes
- Mobilift Cranes
- Pick and Carry Cranes
- Rough Terrain Cranes
- Side Lift Cranes
Industrial Crane Transport Types
- Bridge Cranes
- Bulk Handling Cranes
- Gantry Cranes
- Hammerhead Cranes
- Jib Cranes
- Overhead Cranes
- Railroad Cranes
- Stacker Cranes
Industrial Crane Hauling
Marine Crane Hauling
Whether your Marine Crane handles equipment transfers, containers, scrap or submerges in the sea, we can haul them. Let our carriers match their trailer with your marine crane to get the job done safely and on time.
Marine Crane Transport Types
- Deck Cranes
- Floating Cranes
- Harbor Cranes
- Level Luffing Cranes
- Marine Cranes
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With VeriTread, you can rest assured that your crane will be delivered safely and securely. We partner with drivers who have expertise in hauling cranes. Using our one of a kind software we can find a trailer perfect for transporting any size or type of crane. All it takes is accurate measurements when ordering so they know what their drivers need to transport efficiently from point A-to-point B in order for them not only deliver on time but also save costs by ensuring there are no hidden charges at delivery!