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Top Tips on How to Load a Bulldozer

Bulldozers are one of the most common vehicles you’ll find on a construction site. These vehicles push a wide variety of materials, including sand, snow, rubble, soil, and rocks. Loading and transporting a bulldozer isn’t a task anyone can do and requires specialized knowledge.

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What are Bulldozers?

Bulldozers are large, heavy-duty tractors with metal blades used for pushing around piles of earth, rocks or any other material during excavation and construction projects. They also have claw like devices known as rippers that pry up tightly compacted dirt, roots, or clay.

Dozers are usually mounted on tracks that give them excellent traction and mobility on rough terrain and steep slopes. When it comes to dozer transport, the dozer attachments and blades usually determine the method of transports. The main types of blades and attachments are:

  • S-Blade – Used for fine grading, an S-blade is smaller than other attachments. It might be able to travel along with your bulldozer.
  • SU-Blade – Used for pushing rocks, your SU-blade attachment also might be able to travel alongside your dozer.
  • U-Blade – Taller than an S-blade, your U-blade attachment might have to travel as a separate load on another trailer.
  • Ripper – A ripper blade is a claw-style device used to break rocky ground or soil. Rippers must be detached from the dozer for transport.

Selecting a trailer for bulldozer transport

When transporting a bulldozer, it’s generally recommended to use an open trailer. If you’re hauling a small bulldozer, you’ll most likely want to with a step deck trailer. For larger bulldozers, a removable gooseneck would be a safe choice.

You may need to get an oversize load permit depending on the size of the bulldozer. Oversize load regulations vary by state, and you’ll want to work with a transportation company that has vetted experience to help you.

When loading your trailer, if your smaller dozer fits on a step-deck trailer, you’ll need steel ramps or a dock. Most drivers have ramps, but we always make sure. Bulldozers are usually loaded from the rear of the trailer. The largest part of the dozer should be loaded first, so the blade should be toward the rear if still attached to the dozer.

Securing the bulldozer

There are a series of steps you’ll need to follow to secure and load a bulldozer on a trailer safely:

1. Make sure the bulldozer is running at its lowest speed. You want the bulldozer to have an easy time loading onto the trailer and avoiding unnecessary damage.
2. You’ll want the load the bulldozer in reverse. Typically, it’s best to load a bulldozer by its most massive part.
3. The weight of the bulldozer needs to be equally distributed on the trailer. You want to avoid any unnecessary pull that could cause the bulldozer to shift during transport.
4. Lower the bulldozer attachment to the bottom of the trailer floor. Once the attachment is touching the floor, turn off the vehicle and switch the battery off.
5. Lock all the doors, covers, and articulation points on the bulldozer.
6. Use tie-down anchors to secure the front and rear positions of the bulldozer.

Why go with VeriTread?

VeriTread is your total solution to have your bulldozer 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.

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