Transportation Hurdles When Moving Heavy Equipment

Posted on: May 24, 2016 - 08:00 AM | Best Practices
Author: Darrin Martin

You have successfully purchased (or sold) used heavy equipment. Congratulations! Now, how will you arrange to move it from one location to another? There are many important factors to consider and steps to follow when transporting heavy equipment.

Transportation Hurdles When Moving Heavy Equipment, tub grinder


Give the machine a thorough going over to make sure that all of the parts are in roadworthy condition. Remove any foreign debris on the equipment that could fly off during transit. Tires, brakes, brake lights, hydraulics and even mud flaps must be in place and operational for transit. It is a good idea to have a couple of cheap used tires on hand to travel with the machine in case of a blow-out. That way the driver can save time by taking the equipment to a local shop to have the tire changed instead of having to wait for someone to bring them a new tire on the road.

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To arrange the best price and most appropriate transportation method, you’ll need to have as much information as possible about the specifications of your equipment, such as the weight, height, and width of the machine. Is your machine a 5th wheel or pintle hitch?

In addition, it’s very important to have an accurate tongue weight. This can affect getting through weigh stations and could possibly delay transportation if there is a discrepancy between declared and actual weight. Also, if you are relocating a tub grinder, you must know the proper width of the tub. In some cases, oversize load permits or possibly an oversize load escort service may be necessary.

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Unless you are shipping internationally, in which case you will be utilizing air or ocean freight transportation, most equipment will be moved by truck. It is important to find a reliable trucking company that has experience moving heavy equipment and will be able to anticipate some of the hurdles involved in moving your machine. A knowledgeable driver/operator during the transport is especially important as it will sometimes be necessary to start the equipment or operate the landing gear during the move.

In addition, make sure that your insurance will cover the equipment for loss or damage during transport. The shipping company you choose should also have at least as much cargo insurance to cover the value of your freight.

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Will special permits be needed to move your equipment, such as for oversize or overweight heavy equipment? Are there any bridges on your route that have particular tolls or restrictions? Will any borders need to be crossed that may require permits or fees?  Your broker and/or shipping company should be able to help you anticipate and cover all of these bases.

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Sometimes overlooked, but essential to include with the equipment during the move, are peripheral items such as manuals, spare parts, service records, and the remote control. It’s a good idea to also make sure to protect and/or secure any moving parts, such as a grapple or discharge conveyor, that could be damaged during the relocation.

As with all steps of the buying process, an experienced broker will be able to help you arrange transport and will walk you through every step of the process in order to ensure successful transportation and delivery of your used heavy equipment.


To learn more about this subject or other matters regarding wood waste, tub and horizontal grinding equipment and parts, please contact the wear parts specialists at Grinder Wear Parts, or call 800-827-0401.

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