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Equipment Haulers for Hire

What's in this article?
  1. What Is The Equipment Haulers For Hire?
  2. Think About It Like This…
  3. First, Let’s Understand The Process
  4. Stop
  5. Who Needs An Equipment Hauler Anyways?
  6. First Determine The Method Of Transport
  7. The Benefits Of Road Transportation Versus Rail Transportation
  8. Flexibility
  9. The Weather
  10. Second Determine Which Type Of Equipment Hauler You Want To Use
  11. Third Know What To Look For In The Best Equipment Haulers For Hire
  12. And This Is A Good Thing Because…
  13. The Bottom Line
  14. Here’s What You Should Do…
  15. But Here’s What We Really Do…
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What is the Equipment Haulers for Hire?

If you have equipment you need transported, the best option is to use an equipment hauling company.

There are many options available to you when you are searching for equipment haulers for hire. But it is important that you take the time to learn about each of them to find the one that is the best fit for you.

Think about it like this…

With so many options available, there are going to be companies that specialize in certain types of equipment hauling. You may come across a freight carrier that transports farm equipment, a trucking company that transports construction equipment rigged to 18-wheeler trucks, or a contractor that ships military equipment.

Before you even consider accepting the first quote thrown at you, you need to understand why the price tag for shipping your equipment is the amount that it is.

The best way to do this is to understand the general process of shipping heavy equipment, and how you can become aware of hiring a quality equipment hauler.

This is not difficult to do, yet it requires some careful guidance the first time you contract a carrier to transport your equipment for you.

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First, let’s understand the process.

The first thing you are going to do when trying to ship a piece of heavy equipment is call a few shipping companies. That’s fine and exactly what we recommend you do.

These companies are going to provide you with a general quote, they may describe the process to you, and you may be enticed to work with them.


Before you agree to anything, ask questions, find out more about them, things like what type of equipment they specialize in, what type of insurance they offer, how long they have been in business, and other similar questions.

If they aren’t willing to answer your questions, you probably don’t want to work with them.

Once you have a better idea of what you are looking for, the general prices for your type of shipment, and have a rough idea of the shipping process, you will be better armed to re-contact these companies or contact new ones to get the best price and service possible.

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Who Needs an Equipment Hauler Anyways?

For most people, equipment haulers are not necessary to transport goods, or even machinery. However, if you have heavy equipment that you need shipped, you will most likely need to use a heavy hauler. Here is how the process works.

First: Determine the Method of Transport

The main forms of heavy equipment hauling transportation are: by road, by rail, or by sea.

The simplest form of transportation to decide on is by sea. If you are not shipping your heavy machinery overseas, or using the water to ship your equipment, you do not need to contract a marine-based heavy equipment hauling company.

Transporting your machinery by rail or by road will depend on your preferences.

Most international heavy equipment shipments take place by sea because it is the most economical way to do it. You can ship your equipment by plane, but this method is extremely expensive.

The Benefits of Road Transportation Versus Rail Transportation


It is common knowledge that you can reach more destinations by road versus by rail.

If you are transporting your goods or machinery to major towns and cities (which will have a train station), rail is the better option.

However, if you are ultimately transporting machinery far from a train station, or you want to create a specific route that deters from the rail line, use road transportation.

Being able to determine your own route allows you to control the final destination, the schedule, and the amount of machinery you want to transport.

While trains have schedules that you must abide by, or you will not be able to transport your machinery, roads do not. You can schedule a shipment at any time of the day by road without suffering from schedule conflicts as you would if you used the train.

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The Weather

Depending on your location, as well as the location of your transport destination, you may need to factor in the weather. Roads are much, much more susceptible to bad weather conditions than rails are.

A simple snowfall can lead to a traffic buildup and gridlock, the shutting down of public or private roads, and worse. By contrast, it is very difficult to deter a train schedule based on the weather. Trains can run in practically any weather. Train infrastructure is tough and durable, and can withstand even some of the most extreme weather conditions.

Second: Determine Which Type of Equipment Hauler You Want to Use

Equipment haulers are usually flatbed rigs or railroad cars that are attached to big rig trucks or trains. Depending on the mode of transport you chose in the previous section of this article, you will know which type of equipment hauler you will choose.

The process is simple. Your equipment hauling company will provide you with instructions based on your heavy equipment.

They will ensure that your equipment is loaded onto the flatbed hauler. That hauler will be attached to either a train or a large big rig truck. From there, the train/truck will transport your equipment to its destination.

The cost of shipping by train will vary. In general, shipping by road is less expensive. However, the total cost of transporting heavy equipment is reliant on so many more factors than just the mode of transportation.

Talk to a few heavy equipment haulers for hire and ask for quotes based on your transport needs. Compare the quotes are determine which company is giving you the best offer. You will soon realize the range of quotes, and why these quotes are broken down the way they are by each company you inquire with.

You should know that, if you choose to use train transport, you will need to make accommodations to receive your equipment at the destination train station, especially if the station is not the final destination for your equipment.

Make a note to talk about this with the equipment hauling company that you hire. They will help you with this.

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Third: Know What to Look for in the Best Equipment Haulers for Hire

The simplest way to determine whether the equipment hauler you are interested in hiring is good is to look at their website. Good heavy equipment haulers for hire will have the following information on their website.

Essentially, the best equipment haulers, and public companies in general are very forward about their practices. They leave nothing in the dark about what they can do for you. Everything is detailed.

And this is a good thing because…

The auto shipping industry is incredibly competitive. Most companies aren’t willing to lose your business over a small price difference. The more you shop around and leverage a company’s online presence against them, the better your price will be.

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The Bottom Line

It doesn’t matter what company you choose, so long as they take care of your needs. Here at A-1 Auto Transport, we make it a habit to provide a high-quality service to all of our clients.

Your heavy equipment is important to you and your business and we get that.

You want a company that cares about your equipment and gets the job done. There are many hauling companies on the market that it can often be confusing for a prospective client to know which company is best for their needs.

Here’s what you should do…

Don’t get lured in by the false promises that some companies will offer you. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

We don’t try and butter you up to close the deal because no one has time for that.

But here’s what we really do…

We give you the best price on the market because we are extremely competitive and we know our industry. If you need to get your heavy equipment from point A to point B, we’re going to make it happen.

If you have any questions at all, give us a call today. We’d be more than happy to provide you with a free quote and to provide you with the peace of mind that you need.

Heavy equipment hauling doesn’t have to be hard. Let A-1 Auto Transport prove that to you.

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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