Shipping heavy equipment – tractors, backhoes, front end loaders, etc. – has to be done properly. It is essential that the customer choose the right shipper for the job, one that has significant experience and uses the appropriate equipment.
Since heavy equipment is a specialized section of online shipping, we have compiled a few tips for those looking to ship heavy equipment. While some of these are the responsibility of the drivers, customers should be aware of these requirements.
-To attract the right driver, the accurate dimension and weight of the equipment must be included in the listing. Many heavy equipment items weigh over 10,000 lbs. and require a flatbed for transport. Additionally, the hauling equipment has to have to proper deck height, number of axles as well as tires.
-The correct rigging must also be used to secure the heavy equipment load to the trailer. Lines have to be tested, and a least four tie-downs are required to prevent the load from shifting.
-Customers also need to have realistic expectations for delivery time. Heavy equipment loads are affected by weather conditions, traffic and the dimensions and weight of the item. Typically, a heavy equipment shipper can travel between 450-650 miles a day in good conditions.
If you need to ship Caterpillar, Komatsu, Hitachi, Volvo, John Deere or Terex heavy equipment, let CitizenShipper help you find the right driver.