Most transport companies will suggest that an open air method of shipping is used. This form of transport doesn’t necessarily provide the utmost protection but with the design of a mower being for outdoor use, it is rare that damage is an issue. There are several types of open air shipping. The method used for your commercial mowers is mostly dependent on the distance it must travel.
The Different Types of Open Air Transport Methods
- Roll-On/Roll-Off - The RO/RO method is a popular and inexpensive way to ship heavy equipment overseas to another nation. A flatbed ship is the vessel used but there are some height and weight restrictions.
- Flat Rack Shipping - This open-air method is favorable due to its cheaper shipping rates and ability to transport all kinds of equipment, machinery and large, heavy motor vehicles. Your mower is strapped securely to a flat rack.
- Container Shipping - If the equipment you’re transporting can fit into a shipping container then you may want this service for more protection. Since it is sheltered in the container, it stays safe from poor weather conditions and other outside elements that may harm it.
- Lift-On/Lift-Off - The LO/LO method is best used for shipping non-operable vehicles, engines, farm equipment, and other types of heavy equipment. A crane will lift your mower on top of the trailer or flatbed ship where it is secured for transport.
Your transport professionals will help explain which method of open air transport is best for your mower. They’ll help you choose the most cost effective solution especially as a frequent customer.
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.