How to Transport Heavy Equipment

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If you need heavy equipment for your next construction project, you’ll need a way to transport it safely to the job site. Moving large machinery isn’t always as easy as just renting a flatbed trailer—there are other factors that you’ll need to consider in order to transport your equipment efficiently and safely. Here’s what our equipment specialists want you to know about getting your machinery to and from your next project.

1. Choose your method.

Depending on the equipment you want to move, there might be a variety of transportation methods at your disposal. One of the most common options is a flatbed trailer, but some machinery can also be towed with the right equipment, although towing is better suited for short distances. Longer distances might require a trailer.

For machinery that is oversized or oddly shaped, you’ll occasionally need to rent a specialized trailer in order to transport it. If you’re not sure what the safest and most cost-effective option would be, our heavy equipment specialists can help you figure out the best way to transport your machinery.

2. Consider taking it apart.

Some machinery is best transported in pieces. Taking your equipment apart can make it easier to fit on a flatbed trailer. Simply disassemble the machinery before transport, making sure to secure every part. You can reassemble your heavy equipment once you arrive at the job site. This method can help you avoid transporting oversized loads.

3. Make sure it’s properly secured.

It’s important to secure equipment properly in order to avoid damage or injury. Most heavy equipment will have clearly marked tie-down points, along with transportation guidelines listed in the owner’s manual. If you don’t have access to the owner’s manual, check the manufacturer’s website for details, or ask the equipment supplier you’re buying or renting from.

Secure the equipment according to manufacturer instructions as well as state and local laws. Be sure there’s no slack in any of the chains holding the machinery in place. If they’re not tight, the equipment might slide around or shift during transport. Triple-check each tie-down point to make sure the machinery won’t budge.

4. Read up on any restrictions.

In some places, there are restrictions regarding the transport of heavy equipment, specifically regarding the weight of the equipment and the method of transport. Many states and localities have laws about how equipment must be secured, and you’ll need to adhere to all of them that you encounter along your route.

It’s important to cover all of your bases to ensure you’re following the law and avoid getting stuck with a fine. If you can’t find any information about restrictions online, contact your local government office for assistance.

Need Equipment for Your Next Project?

The Grand Rapids equipment suppliers at Fredrickson Supply offer new and used construction equipment as well as equipment rentals. If you need heavy equipment for your next job or have any questions, contact us online, request a free quote, or call us by phone at (888) 949-2385.