Your backhoe loader may be the workhorse in your operation, especially on smaller jobs. With a backhoe on the rear and a loader-style bucket on the front, this piece of construction equipment can tackle a variety of different tasks. It's also relatively light as industrial equipment goes, and quite maneuverable as well.
Transporting Your Loader
You may need transport for your backhoe loader, and the reasons for this can be many. You may have purchased a new one out of state, and need it delivered to your location. Or, it may need to be sent off for specialized repairs or to be overhauled by expert mechanic hours or days away. No matter how far you must ship your equipment, be it nationwide or even internationally - we can accommodate your request.
Experience You Can Trust
Whatever the reason for your transport needs, A1 Auto has the equipment, personnel, and experience to handle the job. With more than two decades in the industry, our company has a track record that speaks for itself. We'll ensure your backhoe arrives undamaged at its destination. We also offer full insurance coverage on all of our shipments, and you'll enjoy our on-time delivery promise.
Protecting Your Equipment
Unlike some less-than-stellar operations, we'll properly secure your backhoe loader - to ensure that no damage occurs during transit. We'll ensure the parking brakes are engaged and wheel chocks are placed on the front and rear wheels to prevent unwanted movement.
We offer both covered and open-air transport options as well, in case you're worried about weather or theft.
Call us today to get your free, no-obligation quote - and discover why we’re the industry leader for all your oversized transport needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Sort of Trailer is Used to Transport a Backhoe Loader?
Like a flatbed trailer, open-air trailers are the preferred choice for transporting a backhoe loader. The best way is using a removable gooseneck (RGN) or step-deck trailer.
If you own smaller earth movers capable of being transported by a flatbed trailer, hire one. Otherwise use open air trailer, GN or step-deck trailer.
An RGN trailer, as the name implies, has a removable gooseneck that can be detached from the front and dropped down to create a ramp that makes loading and unloading specialized loads much more accessible.
Similarly, a step-deck trailer also has a ramp, but its main feature is its two levels because it lets you transport taller loads over the 10 feet limit without exceeding it. This adjustment is possible because of the lower part.
What Sort of Transport Options Are Available for Backhoe Loaders?
As mentioned, when you hire professionals, the transportation company will use a flatbed, RGN, or step-deck trailer when transporting your backhoe loader, especially for larger backhoe loaders. However, you have one more option if you're worried about your vehicle.
If your loader's new and you're worried about its safety, you can inquire if your transport company provides an enclosed option, so it's protected from the elements. Some people also worry about theft, and enclosed transport is good insurance.
The trailer has a container back, and the backhoe loader is pushed on using a ramp and secured, so it doesn't budge during transport. It ensures that weather changes or other factors don’t cause any scratches.
To safely transport your backhoe loader, it's important to talk to only qualified transport companies and discuss with them the best way to ship your loader.
Why is Cleaning My Backhoe Loader Especially Important for Overseas Transport?
The most crucial aspect of preparing any vehicle for overseas transport is cleaning it thoroughly. It might seem unnecessary, but there's legitimate reasoning behind the strict regulations.
The environment can be sensitive, and a vehicle shipped from overseas might bring plant material, insects, or microorganisms in the dirt that negatively impact the local system.
Countries like New Zealand will send your loader to quarantine if found to be unclean, and many others also have locations to ensure it’s suitable to enter the country.
You can inquire if your shipping company will help you with this aspect, but it’s usually the customer’s responsibility. You can send it to a professional facility to have it thoroughly cleaned.
Why Do I Need to Provide My Backhoe Loader’s Dimensions Before Transport?
Only essential documents like identification, original title, and insurance papers are required when transporting a backhoe loader. But if you've hired a shipping company for the first time, you might wonder why you need to provide its dimensions.
The fundamental reason is that dimensions help the company determine whether the loader falls in a category that would require permits, a special license, or escort vehicles.
Since a backhoe loader is generally around 15,000 pounds, it's far from the large category. And it's also not a wide load, which makes transport quite simple. Apart from determining the route, there are no complicated logistics involved. Oversized loads are complex because of additional factors.