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Shipping a Skid Steer Loader

Published by Joe Webster.

Shipping a Skid Steer Loader

How to Ship a Skid Steer Loader?

It is very common to see skid steer loaders being shipped by a transport company. Their heavy weight, sometimes large dimensions, and inability to travel quickly on the road make transporting skid steers through a professional shipping service the best option. A transport company with an expert driver will ensure the equipment's safety and quick delivery.

Relevant Statistics

  • On average, it takes approximately 7 to 10 business days to ship a skid steer loader within the continental United States.
  • Around 95% of skid steer loaders are transported via trucking companies for domestic shipments.
  • The average weight of a skid steer loader is 7,500 pounds (3,400 kilograms).
  • More than 80% of skid steer loaders are shipped in enclosed trailers for added protection during transit.
  • In international shipping, the cost of transporting a skid steer loader can range from $2,000 to $5,000, depending on the distance and logistics involved.

General Facts

  • Skid steer loaders are compact, versatile construction vehicles used for various tasks.
  • Before shipping a skid steer loader, it is important to determine its weight and dimensions.
  • The loader should be properly secured on a trailer or container during transportation to prevent damage.
  • Different transport methods can be used, including flatbed trucks, low loaders, or shipping containers.
  • It is recommended to consult with a professional shipping company to ensure proper handling and delivery of the skid steer loader.

The Best Ways to Ship a Skid Steer Loader

Unlike most other pieces of construction equipment and machinery, a variety of skid steers ship on flatbed trailers, lowboys, or RGN (gooseneck) carriers. Its smaller size makes it easy for a transporter to fulfill enclosed shipping requests and needs. Larger types of construction equipment are normally shipped using open-air methods of transport, irrespective of whether the shipping is within a state or across the boundaries of states within the country.

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Although open air transport methods are deemed more affordable and perfectly safe to use for heavy loads, if you prefer more protection for your skid steer loader during its delivery process, enclosed transport methods are best, especially for long distance moves. This may include shipping the skid steer loader among other pieces of equipment and machines in a large shipping container. This container is often hauled by freight truck with experienced drivers for ground trips, or ship at a loading dock depending on where it is to travel to reach its destination.

Transport companies and shippers shipping skid steers with step deck trailer - RGNs, Lowboy, Step decks, hotshot trailer and ramps - pickup and ramp up items with trucks - Straps, pallet, forklift and crane dimensions

If you choose an enclosed shipping option you will need to take extra precautions to protect the apparatus and the people who will be handling it. Cleaning it thoroughly emptying all fluids removing any unnecessary parts and taking out the batteries are all standard pre-use procedures. If this is done as instructed by the transport firm the transportation should proceed more smoothly and with fewer complications.

When you need to move you John Deere, Komatsu or any other model of skid steer loader across international boundaries, for example, operations in Canada and Mexico, A1 Auto Transport can help you secure the necessary permits, paperwork, and other details that you will need to meet customs regulations and requirements. We'll handle all your equipment moves perfectly without delays.

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Joe Webster always knew the auto transport industry would be a great career option. And with decades of experience, Joe is now an established consultant for A1 Auto Transport.

Joe was born in Santa Cruz, California. During high school, Joe worked as a mechanic; a job continued to work part-time during his bachelor's degree.

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CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus Drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd,
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
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6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
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