Preparations For Heavy Equipment Shipping & Transport

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Preparations For Heavy Equipment Shipping & Transport

Moving heavy equipment is a highly specialized job that requires the proper tools, knowledge, and experience to be done correctly and safely. It also requires a little bit of knowledge and preparation by the person hiring the transport company, which is what this article aims to inform you about.

The term “heavy equipment” is very broad and applies to a wide number of vehicles, machines, equipment, mechanical components and any number of other heavy or large cargo.

Preparations For Heavy Equipment Shipping Transport

Here are just a few examples that fit the bill to give you an idea:


Planning ahead is one of the most important things you can do to avoid possible headaches and problems down the road. It’s very important to have good communication and coordination with the shipping company that’s doing the hauling—a failure to do so could result in time consuming and potentially costly delays. Communication is key to the process and it needs to be done effectively on both sides to ensure a smooth and hassle-free delivery.

Dimensions & Weight

Before you talk to a prospective shipper about moving any type of equipment, you’ll need to have the weight and dimensions on hand. That’s vital information since it directly affects what type and size of transport vehicle needs to be used for shipping. If there are any moving parts—anything mechanical at all—that should also be mentioned. The same goes for anything that can be disassembled prior to shipment.

This is a very important step since there are permits required for some types and sizes of loads and the shipper will need to acquire them on your behalf before they are able to move certain oversized equipment.

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How To Choose The Right Heavy Equipment Shipping Company

While preparations are important as noted above, it won’t mean much if you end up hiring a shipper that can’t do the job properly. Here are some tips to help you find the best option for you heavy equipment transport needs.

Choosing A Heavy Equipment Shipper

Shipping any type of machinery or vehicle is not cheap and that’s especially true for heavy equipment. Because this is the case, it’s very important to make the right decision when choosing the company to work with. It’s an investment in a service and hauling anything that is heavy, oversized, or abnormally sized is a challenge that not every shipper is capable of handling.

It’s best to seek out an option that has experience in the heavy duty transport industry, ideally one with a proven track record of quality service. Unfortunately, there are some equipment transport companies that are more than happy to offer a seemingly rock bottom price, only to offer a higher rate when it comes time to do the transporting. This is a process known as low-balling and one of the reasons it’s important to do your research and know who you’re dealing with.

Heavy Equipment Resources

Equipment World - An online magazine that focuses on construction equipment, news, and information. They make it easy to stay on top of the latest in technology and innovation in the industry with several informative and in-depth sections.

Gineers Now - A website for the engineering community, Gineers Now has an excellent section regarding heavy equipment, the industry, and product reviews. A great place to keep up with some of the exciting possibilities coming out of the engineering world.

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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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