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Shipping a Skidder

Published by Joe Webster.

Ship A Skidder - Factors, needs, and areas to grapple with - Long distance and dimensions - John Deere vehicles and tires

How to Ship a Skidder?

A skidder is a type of heavy-duty machine with front power and attachments used in pulling cut trees out of a forest. Without the right haulers and shipping equipment, transporting something as heavy loads would be nearly impossible to do. Not to mention, there are laws while on the road that anyone shipping heavy equipment must abide by.

You can expect that most of the heavy equipment and machinery used in the forestry industry will need to be delivered through open air services with pilot cars. Due to the size (height, length, and width), weight and complexity of the skidder’s design, open air methods are typically the only form of transport possible. Trailers, flatbed ships and other similar pieces of equipment are used to deliver the oversized forestry machines.

Relevant Statistics

  • On average, it takes approximately 3 days to ship a skidder from the factory to its destination.
  • Over 95% of skidders shipped internationally are transported via sea freight.
  • Skidders are securely packaged in custom crates, with 99.9% of them arriving at their destination undamaged.
  • The maximum weight limit for shipping a skidder is typically 18 metric tons.
  • Around 80% of skidders shipped domestically in the United States are transported by truck.

General Facts

  • To ship a skidder, it is important to securely fasten it onto a flatbed trailer.
  • The weight and dimensions of the skidder must be taken into consideration when planning the shipping process.
  • Proper securing and padding measures should be implemented to protect the skidder during transportation.
  • Specialized equipment may be required to load and unload the skidder onto the trailer.
  • It is crucial to comply with local and international regulations regarding the transport of heavy machinery when shipping a skidder.

The Process of Shipping a Skidder

Domestic and international shipping services both offer open air methods of transport. Ground transportation includes the use of a large trailer (e.g. RGN gooseneck) among other transport gear, with an experienced driver and technology while delivering the skidder overseas requires the use of a flatbed ship. Either way, the skidder is secured to the hauler in the same manner. Open air ground transportation methods may require additional protection in the form of a sign warning others of the oversize load ahead or security cars that follow the hauler the whole way.

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If you prefer to have more protection for your skidder as it is delivered by a transport company, ask the transporter if they offer container services handled by experts. Depending on the size of containers they use, your skidder may fit inside of one, protecting it further from bad weather and outside hazards as it travels to its new home. This form of shipping may cost more but it assures the safety of your forestry equipment.

All transport companies are required to offer a minimum amount of insurance coverage to their customers. Ask your transporter what their insurance covers and how much it covers. The entire value of your skidder should be covered by insurance. If not, ask if you can purchase more insurance coverage or call your insurance agent to see if your own insurance on the air drill still stands when it’s out for delivery.

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When it comes to transporting skidders and other forest machinery, A1 Auto Transport Company is your best bet. We have decades of experience in moving different types of skidders including cable skidders and feller bunchers. We have professional staff, expert drivers, operators, and shippers with personal protective equipment and technology to guarantee successful shipping. We follow DOT regulations and best practices in all our shipping operations. We can also help with permits and paperwork requirements for your cross border farm equipment transfers. Whether you are shipping within from one state to the other in the country or to places like Canada, Mexico, or any other destination, our experienced team can assist you. Fill out our quote form to get the best rate.

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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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