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When shipping heavy machinery, 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 equipment along with other heavy machinery and oversize loads.
VeriTread is your total solution to have your heavy 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.
Best Practices for Transporting Heavy Equipment
Tips, Tricks, and Things You Should Know.
There are many things you need to do if you want to ship your heavy equipment correctly. Selecting the right trailer is key for a successful equipment move. Most heavy equipment needs transporting on a flatbed, step deck, low boy, or RGN trailer. 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.
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Delivering Your Machine Safe, Sound, & On Time
Selecting The Right Transport Provider
When it comes to selecting a construction 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
Heavy machinery is bulky and difficult to move. To make the highway safe for everyone, there are regulations in place that dictate how 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 large machinery can be tricky, especially when it comes to transporting equipment. 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 help 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. Should something go wrong or a breakdown occurs, your transport provider's communication skills are key in keeping you informed of the changing landscape. 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. For this reason, VeriTread recommends shippers take all factors into account when choosing a provider and not based their decision on price alone.