What is the Cheapest Way to Ship Heavy Equipment?

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Finding the right company to ship heavy equipment can be an intimidating responsibility especially if you do not have a relationship with a trusted carrier who will handle your machine with care and will not overcharge you. Many factors affect the cost of transporting heavy equipment.  When looking for the cheapest way to ship heavy equipment, you have to consider if the cheapest price is the best route. Experience, licensed and insured carriers will ensure your heavy machinery makes the move that meets your standards. The four main factors affecting the cost to ship heavy equipment are:

  • Dimensions of your Heavy Equipment
  • Trailer Type Utilized in Transport
  • Distance the Heavy Equipment needs to move
  • Loading Assistance and Disassembly

Pricing can vary greatly depending on these factors and that is why it is critical to use an established transport provider to avoid having a terrible outcome when you are looking to ship your Heavy Equipment.

VeriTread can provide a quick estimate to ship heavy equipment by using our exclusive heavy equipment freight estimator.   To receive an actual transport provider quote, you can post your Heavy Equipment to our freight marketing place free of charge and receive vetted carrier quotes from the largest network of vetted equipment transport providers in North America.

We believe it’s always good to know what all is involved in a heavy equipment freight quote, so let’s dive deeper into the factors involved in pricing machinery transport on an open deck trailer.

Accurate Heavy Equipment Dimensions Lead to Accurate Freight Prices

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The most important factor in the cost to ship heavy equipment is providing accurate dimensions. If you are wanting the cheapest way to ship heavy equipment you have to make sure your dimensions are correct. Most carriers try to keep their freight at or below the legal load dimensions of:

  • Length = 48 to 53 feet
  • Width = 8 feet 6 inches
  • Height = 13 feet 6 inches
  • Weight = 80,000 lbs

These dimensions also include the trailer.  This is why it is critical for the transport provider to know the length, width, height, and weight of the machine with all attachments. If a machine exceeds legal load dimensions, prices can increase dramatically due to added permits, escorts, and restricted routes.

Providing pictures of the Heavy Equipment to your transport provider is also helpful to assure that nothing critical is missed that could affect the price of the quote.

What Trailer Size is Needed?

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Trailers are a significant factor in keeping your Heavy Equipment inside of legal load dimensions.  Most heavy equipment is transported on three trailer types: flatbeds, step decks, or lowboys RGN’s. The larger the trailer, the more expensive per mile hauled which is an additional cost you will need to consider when you are wanting the cheapest way to ship heavy equipment.

How Long Does It Take to Load Your Heavy Equipment?

Carrier loading a trailer

Always keep in mind that heavy equipment can take extra time to get loaded up and moved. There are far fewer carriers that can move these heavy machines than say an automobile hauler. If your machine can’t move under its own power or requires disassembly, expect to pay additional fees for the added time the carrier has to spend getting your machine ready to transport. You can save a considerable amount of money if you can provide disassembly and loading assistance (loading dock, forklift, cranes, etc.), so make sure you communicate this to your transport provider.

Distance, Location, and Timing 

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Everyone wants to be on time.  Delays are costly to everyone involved in the freight process.  With this in mind, you should always firmly communicate your expectations to your transportation provider before you assign them a shipment.

This includes information like:

  • Where your freight will start
  • Where your freight will end up
  • When you would like to have it picked up
  • When you would like to have it delivered
  • Your level of timing flexibility

If you have a tight delivery window for a large machine, traveling 400+ miles that is picking up in a major metro area and delivering in another congested metro area, expect to pay a premium rate.  The more flexible you are with your pick-up and delivery dates allows the carrier to give you better rates based on the location of their fleet.  Congested metro areas are difficult and time consuming for large trucks to navigate and can often be impacted by road hazards and rush hours.  The longer the distance, the chance that the driver will encounter an issue will become more likely.

Should your shipment be over the dimensions of a legal load then special permits and travel routes will have to be factored in.  This becomes more complex and costly if you cross state lines due to different regulations per state.

Do you need help or have more questions about shipping your Heavy Equipment?

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VeriTread is your go to solution for hauling heavy equipment. We can have your Heavy Equipment delivered to any destination in North America in a safe and timely manner. We are experts in connecting you with a transport provider that can handle all the paperwork, select the right trailer and driver, and chart the most efficient route.

VeriTread moves thousands of Heavy Equipments every year and can quickly generate a reliable estimate on the go. Our extensive specs and dimensions database of 60,000+ items, ensures you spend less time researching and more time putting your equipment to work. The VeriTread Shipper quote process is the simplest way to receive competitive quotes from vetted transport providers. Follow these easy steps and you will receive a quote in under one minute:

  • Select Ready To Ship from the Freight Options Page
  • Enter a Manufacturer & Model
  • Verify or Edit Your Machine Dimensions
  • Enter Pickup & Drop Off Locations
  • Your Quote is Ready!

We believe our suite of innovative decision tools empower our customers to make smarter and more informed transportation decisions, reducing overall uncertainty, and saving you time and money. If you have questions contact us at (800) 880-0468 or (863) 226-0903 and let our team of experts help you with your transport needs.

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