Heavy Equipment Shipping
A-1 Auto Transport doesn’t just ship vehicles! We can also help you ship any type of heavy equipment from tractors to cranes.
Your heavy machinery plays an important role in your company’s success. It also represents a large investment made by your company.
Below, you’ll find information about the types of heavy equipment we transport most commonly, as well as some basic information you’ll need to get an estimate and some tips for how to approach the process.
Heavy equipment shipping requires the attention of professionals in the auto transport industry. If you’re buying heavy equipment transport services to ship cargo across the country or overseas, such an oversized delivery can still be fulfilled to any destination.
Many different manufacturers and industries use these services to haul their farm equipment, tractors, hydraulic forklifts, cranes, bulldozers, heavy industrial tools, engines, construction machinery, and many others.
If you have questions about anything mentioned here, we encourage you to contact us. Here are some of the types of equipment we’ve helped ship recently, both in the United States and internationally:
- Tractors, combines & farm equipment
- Backhoes and excavators
- Industrial equipment
- Dump trucks
- Hydraulic equipment
- Track loaders & graders
- Pile drivers
- Large trucks & heavy vehicles
- Trenchers & scrapers
- Engineering & agricultural equipment
We can also transport just about anything else too—if you have any doubts, call us, and we’ll be happy to help you or point you in the direction of someone who can!
Hire a Reliable Heavy Equipment Transport Company
For a safe and speedy delivery, always call the experts. Start by going online and looking for “equipment hauling near me.”
We recommend looking at a company’s reviews to see what other customers are saying about them. You can use this information to determine which ones have the best reputation, prices, and more. Contact each of the prospective transporters to ask questions about insurance, services, and prices.
Transport company professionals will explain all your options, including the various container sizes, insurance information, and potentially even free quotes. This way, you will have an idea of what it will cost to ship your precious cargo.
Some transport companies have an online calculator for fast estimates based on current rates per mile, weight, and size dimensions. Luckily, the prices per mile and the cost of shipping services are known for their cost-efficiency.
Some Reputable Transport Companies Include:
- John Deere
- New Holland
- Massey Ferguson
Texas, Hawaii, California, Florida, and New York are some of the major U.S. states with ports that accept and handle these types of oversized loads. It takes specialized towing equipment and state-of-the-art carriers and haulers to get large cargo containers to their destinations.
Cost & Time To Ship Heavy Equipment Examples
|Distance||Cost||Estimated Time In Transit|
|0-200 miles||$4.00 - $5.00 per mile||1-3 days|
|200-500 miles||$3.50 - $4.00 per mile||2-4 days|
|500-1000 miles||$3.00 - $3.50 per mile||3-6 days|
|1000-1500 miles||$2.50 - $3.00 per mile||4-7 days|
|1500 - 2000 miles||$2.00 - $2.50 per mile||5-8 days|
|2000 - 2500 miles||$1.50 - $2.00 per mile||6-9 days|
|2500+ miles||$1.00 - $1.50 per mile||7-10 days|
*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and what type of vehicle you are shipping.
The Influence Size and Weight Have on Transport
Size and weight are the primary influences on the overall price you’ll pay for shipping heavy equipment. Because of dimensional constraints, some equipment may need to be disassembled before transport.
The size and weight may also affect the options you have. Your destination is also a factor: a lift-on, lift-off method makes more sense than a flatbed truck if you’re shipping overseas. You can find more information on transport options, as well as a guide to finding the weight of construction equipment, at the bottom of the page under the Resources section.
Transporting Heavy Equipment: Concerns & Resources
Two key ingredients to a positive shipping experience are expertise on behalf of the company doing the work and assurance that you’re in good hands even if accidents occur.
Because equipment often costs more than most cargo and is an integral part of a business, the insurance is an essential concern for anyone shipping heavy cargo.
Any reputable company that ships vehicles, construction equipment, or heavy freight must have a legally-mandated level of insurance. Finding this information online can be challenging, but shippers should be happy to provide it if you ask. The contract usually includes insurance too.
Expertise of Your Service Provider
Expertise is vital when hauling any oversized item like heavy equipment. It’s not just attention to detail but the appropriate experience. A shipper that moves combines across the state regularly may not be the right option if you need a heavyweight skid steer moved across the country.
Shipping Regulations in the U.S.
In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency and Customs and Border Protection have their own requirements for heavy vehicle shippers regarding emissions, documentation, fees, import, and export. Consult with government websites or your service provider if you’re curious about the details, but most reputable shippers will handle these matters for you.
Advice and Tips on Freight Shipping
Depending on your destination, there are several ways to ensure a safe delivery. Not all transportation companies have the same options, but you can have your equipment shipped by aircraft, heavy-lift ships, flatbed truck or trailer, or container.
Many heavy equipment hauling companies will provide you with options. It’s great to have variety when it comes to a heavy haul. Depending on what is being shipped, your cargo may need special care and hauling equipment, so don’t hesitate to ask your transport brokers if they offer any special services.
On the day of your heavy equipment movers are due to arrive, make sure everything is clutter-free for the loaders. They’ll need room for their tools and equipment so they can load and tow safely. Providing them with this security and clearance is worth spending time on.
Once they leave the property, your equipment is protected by insurance held by the heavy equipment hauling company as it makes its way to its destination. During the trip, it may be transferred to another hauler. However, you will be provided with this information when you call in to schedule services and learn about the logistics of the haul.
Overseas Shipping Methods for Heavy Equipment Transports
Roll-On/Roll-Off – The RoRo method is a popular form of transport for heavy equipment deliveries made to a country overseas. A flatbed ship hauls heavy equipment such as motorhomes and industrial machinery. Remember that there are some height and weight restrictions with this method.
Flat Rack Shipping – This method delivers boats, RVs, and other pieces of heavy equipment on a flat rack secured to a ship. This open-air method is favorable due to its cheaper shipping rates and ability to ship a broader range of cargo.
Container Shipping – This option is ideal when your cargo can fit into a large shipping container. It offers your heavy machinery more protection against weather conditions.
Lift-On/Lift-Off – The LoLo method is best used for shipping non-operable vehicles, engines, farm equipment, and other forms of heavy equipment. A crane lifts your cargo onto a ship for transport here.
- pontoon boats
- agricultural equipment
- air drills
- cold planers
- log loaders
- pneumatic rollers
- skid steer loaders
- asphalt pavers
- boom lifts
- construction equipment
- crawler loaders
- farm equipment
- heavy trucks
- industrial plant equipment
- motor graders
- scissor lifts
Heavy Equipment Shipping Information
- An introduction to heavy equipment freight insurance
- How much does it cost to ship heavy equipment
- How to prepare your heavy equipment for transport
- How to ship industrial equipment
- What is an oversize load
- Shipping heavy equipment overseas
- Heavy equipment shipping rates
- Equipment haulers for hire
- Equipment hauling brokers
- Heavy equipment trucking companies
- Heavy equipment hauling rates
- Heavy equipment transport companies
- Heavy equipment shipping estimate
- Construction equipment hauling
- Farm equipment haulers
- Heavy equipment shipping calculator
- Equipment hauling near me
- Heavy haul rates per mile
- Airplane shipping
- Oversized equipment shipping
- Choosing the right heavy haul trucking companies
Heavy Equipment Shipping Resources
if you need to know how much a specific piece of equipment weighs, which is valuable information for getting an estimate.
Written By:Joe Webster
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.