Guide to shipping heavy equipment.
One of the most important things to know is the way your heavy equipment is going to be shipped. You need to have some sort of idea so you can be properly prepared to load it once your truck arrives. This is why we created this guide. One thing for sure is you don’t want a trucking company wanting around on the job-site while you figure out a way to do this or that. You need to do some planning ahead of time so you are prepared. The first thing you need to do is ask the company you are going to hire what kind of trailer they intend on shipping it on and if it has ramps or not. Some trailers have ramps while other trailers do not. If the trucking company you have hired does not have ramps on their trailer it is your responsibility to provide them or another way of loading, like with a crane. You also want to make sure that you have a heavy equipment operator on site that can load the item being shipped onto the trailer. Don’t assume that the driver of the truck knows the proper way to run your equipment. Do your research in selecting the right heavy haul equipment shipping company for your needs before just accepting the lowest quote you get as this is not always the best decision.
Know what to prepare for.
Another thing that you want to make sure of is that a pilot car company has been hired. Ask your shipper you hired if they have been able to locate and hire a pilot car company to escort your shipment. Any equipment that is over 102″ wide will require a oversize trucking permit in order to move on any state roads or highways. If the equipment being shipped is over 12′ wide (less in some areas) it will be required by most states to be accompanied by at least one pilot car. If you need to locate a pilot car company you can use our pilot cars directory to do so.
Usually heavy equipment will need to be flagged and marked. Lights may be needed as well depending on the length of time your shipment will be in transit and the hours being shipping. Usually the trucking company you have hired will have all that equipment as they need it to be able to operate properly but it is always a good idea to check with them to make sure they have the proper equipment needed for your shipment.
You also want to make sure that your item is properly insured before putting it on the road. You can read more about the ways to properly do that in our heavy equipment shipping insurance section. Be prepared and know what you are getting into before you fully commit to shipping your shipment as it can save you valuable time and money.