- The Proper Equipment Is Necessary
- A Cost-Effective Choice
- A Capable Team
- Full-Service Options
- Sources Pavement Milling
Cold planers (or milling machines) are used for milling of roadways, where the surface is ground away by the machine. The reasons for doing this are varied, and range from recycling of roadway material before repaving - to removing problems like rutting, bleeding, raveling, shoving, or uneven sections (1).
The Proper Equipment Is Necessary
Slow and lumbering, a cold planer isn't built for fast travel. If you need your cold planning machinery in a new location that's far away, then you'll need proper planning and the right trailer to haul it. If your trailer either doesn't have ramps or these aren't rated for the cold planer's weight - you'll also need some way to load it.
This equipment is a big investment and one you may not be prepared to make. Or, you may already have the necessary rig - but don't relish the thought of driving it thousands of miles to its new destination yourself. You'll surely need safe and secure transportation.
A Cost-Effective Choice
When you factor in the cost for fuel, wear and tear on your transport equipment, meals, and lodging - it's often far more cost-efficient to hire a professional transit service instead. This has the added benefit of letting you rest easy, as all the heavy lifting (and risk) is handled for you by the loading crew. A1 Auto Transport is able to haul vehicles of all shapes and sizes, including oversized equipment like your milling machine.
A Capable Team
Difficult to secure properly due to its enormous weight, we have the tools and savvy required for stress-free cold planer shipping. All shipments with us are completely insured, so you're fully covered should any issues occur. We'll also bend over backwards to meet our delivery schedule - so you're not left waiting for your oversize equipment at the new job site.
With satellite tracking, express service offered and custom transit solutions - we have everything you need for a smooth experience. We also have the ability to move your equipment across the country and even globally. Last but not least, we always create a custom rate that's based on your unique moving job.
Call to speak with one of our logistics specialists, and receive a free, no-obligation quote for your equipment today.
SOURCES: Pavement milling
Frequently Asked Questions
The average cost to transport cattle equipment changes depending on what you want the company to transport. Just like the delivery time, the distance between the pickup and drop-off has the most significant effect on the final cost.
It's just that the effect is indirect. If the distance is harder to cover, the truck will use up more fuel, and the cost will also increase. Easy roads significantly affect the price and can lower it significantly.
Driving through traffic-heavy areas also means the driver has to use more fuel, elevating the cost. Hence, fuel also plays a large role in the overall cost. It's the second most significant factor.
The best option for an oversized load like a cold planer is open air transport method. A lowboy trailer compared to the more commonly used flatbed trailer.
Although it's not a superload, cold planers are well above the 46,000-pound weight limit. An average cold planer weighs between 60,000 to 90,000 pounds and is oversized.
A standard two-axle lowboy trailer can take up to 40,000 pounds, while a four-axle version can hold weights up to 80,000 pounds, making it the most suitable choice for something as heavy and big as a cold planer.
It also lowers the centre, making it easier for the driver to navigate the truck. This means he can deal with sharp turns and narrow roads without the danger of the cold planer toppling to a side.
Since it's an oversized load, it complicates the process for the company and can take a while. Usually, people suggest informing your company about your delivery at least three months in advance, especially for a heavy load.
This is because it must figure out the logistics and obtain permits, which is a long process. Although the Department of Transport website has links to the separate state sites, there's no one license. A company has to apply for a different one for each state and city the load passes.
This means that there's also an extra wait time for each state border and added inspections, which can take a while. Even if your delivery is within the state, there will still be regulations.
It would help if you didn't try to transport a cold planer on your own.
The main reason is that because it's an oversized load, the company will have to work out the logistics, which includes things like the route, weather, and traffic density. Sometimes, oversized loads must have escort vehicles. The company must also obtain the permits for each city and state the truck has to cross.
The earlier you hire a company, the more efficient the delivery is because they can perfectly work you into the schedule. It's a process that requires professional help because even if someone knows how to operate a cold planer, it doesn't mean they can transport it.
This is especially true because the transport process also includes loading and unloading.
You may not realize the importance of informing your transport company about your delivery well ahead. You should hire a company and place your order three months beforehand.
The main reason is that since it's an oversize load, the company has to work out the logistics, like the route, weather, and traffic. At times, oversize loads require escort vehicles. The company must also sort out the permits for every city and state the truck crosses.
The earlier you hire a company, the more efficient the delivery is because they can perfectly work you into the schedule.
While flatbed trailers are usually the most popular option for transporting pieces of equipment, lowboy trailers are designed to take heavier loads, so they're perfect for cold planers.
Although not a superload, cold planers are well above the 46000-pound weight limit. An average planer weighs around 60,000 to 90,000 pounds and is an oversized load.
A standard two-axle lowboy can take around 40,000 pounds, while a four-axle variant can hold up to 80,000 pounds, making it the best choice for something as heavy as a cold planer. It also lowers the center, making it easier for the driver to navigate the truck.
While a cold planer can't fit inside a container, a company can transport it easily using either roll-on roll-off shipping or lift-on lift-off shipping, depending on which variant you own. The first method is standard for vehicles with wheels.
It's cheap since the loaders can roll the planer onto the carrier and buckle it on, so it doesn't budge during the journey. It's the most commonly-used method for equipment that is too large to fit in containers.
On the other hand, LoLo shipping is for equipment that doesn't have wheels. A crane is used to pick up the cold planer and place it onto the carrier, and the loaders secure it using chains. It's more expensive than RoRo shipping because it considers the cost of using the crane, but it's still suitable for vehicles that can't be wheeled onto the carrier.
If you want to transport your cold planer overseas or on land, you won't be able to use a container. The reason is that cold planers are very big, oversized, and have wide loads. While it's possible to overcome the weight factor, the other dimensions don't allow a planer to fit in 20 feet or 40 feet container.
A container is around 13.5 feet high, while a cold planer is approximately 16 feet high. At 55 feet, they're also too long to fit in a container. Since they're heavy equipment, it's unnecessary to use enclosed transport, whether shipped overseas or across the USA.