Shipping a Cold Planer
Since a cold planer is such a large piece of equipment, only certain transport companies will have the capabilities necessary to ship it. Call several reputable transport companies to ask about their experience in shipping cold planers and other heavy equipment. Hire a transporter that assures their delivery and even offers insurance coverage during the transport.
About the Process of Shipping a Cold Planer
In most situations, your cold planer will get delivered through an open air transport method. By ground transportation, this means an open trailer. If shipping overseas, a flatbed ship is used. These are both cost efficient, affordable forms of open air shipping. It does lack the protection provided by other shipping options, leaving the bulldozer susceptible to poor weather conditions.
If you do not wish to ship your cold planer through open air methods, ask the transporter if it is possible to ship the cold planer through an enclosed form of transport. Enclosed shipping methods use large shipping containers to harbor the equipment from outside elements during its travels.
Insurance Coverage during Transport
Whether you choose container methods or open air methods, make sure the transport company offers insurance coverage. By law, a licensed transporter must carry insurance coverage at least up to the minimum standards. However, this doesn’t always cover the full value of your bulldozer. Ask the transport company about their insurance policy and what it covers. If they do not provide enough protection ask if you can purchase more. You may also want to call your insurance agent to see if your coverage protects the cold planer even during a transport.
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.
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