Shipping a Skid Steer Loader

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Shipping a Skid Steer Loader

A skid steer loader is a small engine-powered machine designed for use with a variety of tools and attachments to help decrease the amount of labor needed to complete a task. With lift arms and four wheels, this strong machine can help lift and move a variety of objects depending on the attachment used at the time. This multi-terrain loader is widely used among professionals in the construction industry as well as landscaping.

Shipping a Skid Steer Loader

It is very common to see skid steer loaders being shipped by a transport company. Their heavy weight and inability to travel quickly makes transporting a skid steer loader through a professional shipping service, the best option. A transport company will ensure the equipment’s safety and quick delivery.

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The Best Ways to Ship a Skid Steer Loader

Unlike most other pieces of construction equipment and machinery, a skid steer loader can be transported in multiple ways. Its smaller size makes it easy for a transporter to fulfill enclosed shipping requests. Larger types of construction equipment are normally shipped using open air methods of transport.


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

If you decide to ship through an enclosed method, you are expected to prepare the piece of machinery accordingly to assure its safety as well as the safety of those handling it. Preparing it normally includes cleaning it from all dirt and grime, draining its fluids, removing attachments and loose objects, and disconnecting its battery. If this process is done according to the transport company’s requirements, the transport should go along smoother and with less risks involved.

Joe Webster

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.

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