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Transporting Agriculture Equipment

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Transporting agricultural equipment can be a challenge. Beyond just transporting it safely and securely, there are regulations that need to be followed for each state you cross through. And if your load is oversize or overweight? Well then even more care needs to go into preparing everything before transport so that nothing falls apart during transit. Luckily VeriTread has an open marketplace where freight shippers have access to qualified truckers who know what they're doing - all of which come certified with insurance in case things don't work out as planned on either side of the transaction.

Selecting the proper trailer is your first step to a successful farm-equipment haul. You need to decide whether your valuable piece of equipment should ship aboard a flatbed trailer, a step-deck trailer or a Removable Gooseneck (RGN) trailer. Flatbed trailers work well for equipment less than 8-½ feet tall. Step-deck trailers offer increased clearance and drive-aboard access. RGN trailers provide transportation for oversize or unwieldy items. Equipment that comes in different sizes employs all three types of transport. Tractors, for instance, ship aboard all three types of trailer, depending upon the dimensions of the machine. Choose the proper type of trailer to haul your farm equipment and you’re on your way to transport success.

Trailer suggestions for shipping agriculture machinery includes:
Balers: (flatbed, step deck, RGN) Small balers less than 8 ½ feet tall can travel on a flatbed. Most balers fit nicely on the upper deck of a step-deck trailer, traveling as a partial load.
Combines: (RGN) Combines travel aboard RGN trailers with outriggers, trailer attachments that fold out to support the wheels of the machines. You’ll need permits.
Cotton Pickers: (RGN) Like combines, cotton pickers require specialized RGN trailers that can handle their bulk. You might need a multi-axle RGN trailer.
Cultivators: (step-deck, RGN) Everything depends upon how your cultivator folds up. Some pieces travel with the arms pointing toward the sky, which usually means using an RGN trailer.
Harvesters: (flatbed, RGN) Walk-behind harvesters ship on flatbed trailers. Large field harvesters need the added clearance and strength of an RGN trailer.
Loaders: (step deck, RGN) Self-propelled loaders ship best on step-deck trailers or RGN trailers, so they can be driven onto the trailer.
Mowers: (flatbed, step deck) Small mowers fit on flatbed trailers, while larger mowers need step-deck trailers for transport. Height is the issue, plus the ability to drive aboard.
Plows: (flatbed, step deck, RGN) Walk-behind plows travel safely on flatbed trailers. Smaller self-propelled plows require step-deck trailers, unless you have access to a dock.
Spreaders: (flatbed, step deck, RGN) Like plows, walk-behind spreaders ride on flatbed trailers. Self-propelled spreaders are large enough that you’ll want to drive them onto the trailer.
Seeders: (step deck, RGN) Seeders have long booms that fold in, but they’re still too large for flatbed trailers. Height can be more of a problem than length.
Sprayers: (RGN) Most sprayers are large, self-propelled machines that challenge height limits. You might have to transport the sprayer booms separately from the tractors.
Tractors: (flatbed, step deck, RGN) Match the horsepower to the trailer. Low-horsepower tractors travel on flatbeds, high-horsepower tractors ride aboard step-deck trailers or RGN trailers.

Best Practices for Transporting Agriculture Equipment

Tips, Tricks and Things You Should Know

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There are many things you need to do if you want to ship your agriculture equipment correctly. Selecting the right trailer is key for a successful equipment move. The type of trailer required depends on the machine’s dimensions, weight, and individual state regulations. Certain items of equipment may require a dock, crane, forklift, or other specialized equipment to load aboard the respective trailer.

Machine preparation and proper loading procedures are vital to guarantee you are reliably and legally transporting your equipment. A few best practices are: and should consist of the following:
• A detailed risk assessment and documented processes.
• Providing personnel with personal protective equipment, to guarantee the safety of the cargo and the workers as well as PPE documentation.
• Inspect the hauling capacities and condition of the trailer, including tires, lights, brakes, tie-down points, and weight.
• Designating duties, so everyone has a clear understanding of who is doing what.
• Cleaning the ramp and trailer, to be free of dirt, oil, and debris.
• Clearing the loading area, to ensure a safe space to set up the ramp and load the equipment.
• Lining up the ramp, where the equipment goes up the ramp and onto the deck.
• Immobilize the equipment wheel components, such as the parking brake.
• Remove any extraneous materials from the machine (think trash, dirt, rocks).
• Close & latch all windows, hatches, doors.
• Ensure there is nothing inside the cab that can move around and potentially damage controls.
• Covering cab windows with protective cardboard or like material to protect against road debris.
• Proper chaining heavy equipment down, which should be compliant with state laws.

Price Isn't Everything

Delivering Your Machine Safe, Sound and On Time

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Selecting The Right Transport Provider

When it comes to selecting a agriculture equipment transport company, there are many carriers to choose from, but not all of them will be able to deal with all aspects of delivery, regulations, and shipping. Businesses need to choose a transport provider that suits their needs and looks out for their interest, which can be difficult when they are unfamiliar with the options. Mid to smaller size equipment generally falls under legal loads with standard size trucks and open deck trailers, but slight nuisances in overall load height, width, length, and weight can quickly cause your load to need special permits or escorts. This is where an experienced and reputable provider can make all the difference in your freight being delivered legally, on time, without compromising safety and incurring fines/detainment.

Staying Legal & Staying Safe

Most agriculture equipment is bulky and difficult to move. To make the highway safe for everyone, there are regulations in place that dictate how these types of heavy equipment may be transported. If your load exceeds these specifications, a permit is usually required but don’t worry; if you hire a professional equipment shipping company they will take care of all legal needs associated with weight and size limitations on transportation so you needn't concern yourself about any possible ramifications.

Moving Equipment Fast & Efficiently

Moving farm and agriculture equipment can be tricky, especially when it comes to transporting large machinery. Of course, how long that takes will depend on the distance being traveled and the weight of the equipment itself. But if you're looking for a way to ensure your delivery is prompt regardless of where you are in relation to its destination then an experienced shipping company should do the trick!  They'll also give you estimates on how quickly they think their services will get there depending both upon location as well as what type of support they have at loading and drop-off locations.  Great transport companies, not only have great records of delivery but also take responsibility for any problems that arise and do their best to remedy problems transparently and expeditiously. Should something go wrong or a breakdown occurs, your transport provider's communication skills are key in keeping you informed of the changing landscape. For this reason, VeriTread recommends shippers take all factors into account when choosing a provider and not based their decision on price alone.

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When shipping farm and agriculture equipment, it can be difficult and time-consuming to find the right transport provider to handle your load. Luckily, VeriTread is here for you! Our service connects shippers with qualified transport companies around the country who have extensive experience in transporting heavy machinery and oversize loads.

VeriTread is your total solution to have your equipment delivered to any destination in North America. Our versatile platform gives you everything you need to quickly receive trusted quotes, manage your own shipment, or connect you with our full service brokerage team. We supply everything for a stress-free experience, including built-in equipment transport dimensions, expert advice, and cost-saving tips. We provide more detail in fewer steps, leading to better rates, less questions, and a more accountable transportation experience. It’s not just easier, it’s better and more complete.