A staple in the farming community, huge combines are seen in fields all across the country. Called a combine because it brings together reaping, threshing and winnowing into a single machine - this marvel of modern engineering is a sight to behold. It allows huge swaths of crops to be harvested efficiently, by a single operator who’s often guided by sophisticated equipment such as GPS.
Tricky to Transport
Though your combine is adept at chewing through fields at an impressive rate - it can be tricky to transport. The removable heads can reduce its width considerably, but it still stands quite tall. Therefore, securing it on a flatbed trailer requires the right know-how, otherwise the risk of it tipping is far too likely for comfort.
A Professional Task
You’re probably accustomed to driving your combine from one field to the next, and you may even take it on the road for short distances (with the required slow-moving vehicle sign affixed to the rear). This is a far cry from loading it onto a trailer, and driving it several states away or even farther. This type of undertaking requires professional help, and A1 Auto Transport is the ideal choice.
Experienced With Farm Equipment
Well-versed in the transport of large and ungainly farm equipment, we’ve seen it all before in our 20 years in the industry. We have a fleet of trailers, so we can choose the perfect one to meet your specific needs. Since combines are not one-size-fits-all, your equipment will have unique dimensions and specs. We can create a customized transport plan just for you - and you’ll rest easy knowing that your equipment is fully insured during transit.
So, give us a call today, to speak with our friendly and capable staff about your transport needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Early Should I Hire a Shipping Company to Transport My Combine Harvester?
It's always better to hire a shipping company ahead of time, mainly if you depend on them for services that help prepare your Combine for transport. Shipping an oversized cargo like the harvester requires several permits and other critical documents.
Most shipping companies will guide you through all the paperwork and determine the load dimensions so that they can connect their customer to the most convenient hauling option. This is an essential service as many customers reaching out to them are first-time transporters and do not have experience with the complications of shipping heavy loads.
Can I Transport My Combine Harvester Overseas?
Yes, you can have your Combine Harvester transported overseas, but the process is long and requires careful consideration. Companies ship combines using either the LoLo method or the RoRo method.
The LoLo or Lift-On/Lift-Off method consists of loading and unloading the Combine off the ship using cranes or other suitable auxiliary equipment. This method requires highly specialized personnel on the site and is much more expensive than the RoRo method.
The Roll-On/Roll-Off method is the more accessible of the two. It involves self-powered cargo, in this case, the Combine being driven into the ship. It is then secured for the journey. Despite this method being more efficient, it requires specific equipment and adequate space.
How is a Combine Harvester Transported Over Long Distances?
Most companies prefer to use a flatbed trailer to move the heavy load long distances, giving them free rein over the loading. A flatbed consists of a flat surface with no boundaries, which makes it convenient for long-distance transport of heavy equipment.
A step deck trailer or a removable gooseneck is frequently used to transport Combine Harvesters. A step deck trailer is a type of flatbed that transports equipment the standard flatbed can't, primarily due to high restrictions. So, if you have a taller model, this will be the ideal way to shift your Combine.
If your Combine is significantly oversized, the removable gooseneck is the most suitable option. It has a drop-down well-meaning the equipment is held much lower to the ground. This helps avoid height permits and other hindrances.
Is a Combine Harvester Within the Set Regulations for Road Transport?
No, a combine harvester goes over the set limitations for width, although it isn't over other limits. It counts as a wide load, but not an oversized one.
Although the maximum dimensional numbers vary according to state, the standard numbers are 8.5 feet for width, 48 to 53 feet for length, 13.5 feet for height, and precisely 46000 pounds for weight.
Farmers utilize a combined harvester to harvest crops quickly and efficiently, so its width is higher than most. Although its average weight is around 30,000 pounds, its length is about 28 feet, and height is approximately 12 feet, and its width is at least 11 feet to accommodate its purpose. Hence, it needs a permit before transport.