Shipping an Excavator

An excavator is a heavy piece of construction equipment designed for multiple uses. Its hydraulic arm makes it possible to function in various situations. Similar to a backhoe, this piece of machinery is made much larger and durable to help serve more laborious tasks. Due to its size, design and inability to drive quickly, most construction companies ship their excavator from site to site with the assistance of a professional transport company.

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Shipping an Excavator

Heavy equipment shipping services are frequently used on a day to day basis among individuals in all relevant industries. Shipping an excavator is easily done when the right equipment and haulers are used to complete the delivery. Make sure to hire a transport company with trained and licensed professionals. This will only ensure the safety of your excavator as it is shipped to the next location.

The Many Uses of an Excavator

  • Forestry Work
  • Digging Trenches and Holes
  • Material Handling
  • Construction
  • Dredging
  • Pile Driving
  • Mulching
  • Mining
  • Landscaping
  • Snow Removal
  • Drilling Shafts
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Shipping an Excavator Using Open Air Transport Methods

The most recommended way to ship an excavator is usually some form of open air transport. Due to the complexity, weight and size of an excavator, this is often the only way to have it transported. However, open air methods are known for their cost efficiency and ability to see through safe deliveries.

When your excavator is shipped with an open air method, it is fastened to the top of a trailer or flatbed ship. Of course, this depends on where the machine is to travel, whether overseas or somewhere within the nation. In most cases, for site to site deliveries, you can expect a form of open air ground transport.

Before the excavator ships off with the transport company, make sure it is prepared properly. Normally, a transport service will ask the machine is clean, drained of fluids, and that any protruding or loose items are removed. This preparation only helps lessen the risks involved with the transport, protecting the excavator and those caring for its transport even safer. Following these requirements also makes it easier to file an insurance claim through the transporter should there be an issue during the transport.

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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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