Hauling heavy equipment is a task that demands precision and safety above all else. Transporting massive machines like excavators, conveyors, and crushers is not without its risks. To ensure the protection of drivers, trucks, trailers, and the valuable cargo, safety must always be the top priority. In this blog, we’ll explore essential tips for safely hauling heavy equipment.
At Heavy Haul Transporting, we understand that every heavy equipment transport job is unique. That’s why we offer a variety of services to meet your specific needs:
Heavy Equipment Hauling
Our expertise in heavy equipment transportation ensures that your valuable machinery is handled with care. We have the right trailers and equipment to move loads of up to 350,000 lbs.
Local and Global Industrial Equipment Transport
Whether you need to move heavy machinery locally or across the globe, we have the experience and resources to get the job done efficiently and safely.
Over dimensional Specialized Transport
When your cargo exceeds standard dimensions, we have the necessary permits and equipment to transport it safely. We specialize in handling oversized loads
In emergencies, our 24/7 emergency support is here to help. We’ll swiftly respond to your needs, ensuring your equipment is transported securely.
Choosing the Right Trailer for the Load
One of the fundamental aspects of safe heavy equipment hauling is selecting the appropriate trailer. It’s not enough for a trailer to be large; it must also be strong enough to handle the specific load. Failure to do so can lead to accidents, injuries, and trailer damage.
Consider these critical factors when choosing a trailer:
Load Capacity and Load Concentration
Ensure that the trailer’s load capacity matches the weight of the equipment. Pay attention to load concentration, as some trailers may have load rating specifications for only specific sections. Compliance with state regulations regarding kingpin-to-axle distance is also essential, especially when crossing bridges.
Each trailer has a safety rating that reflects its load capacity and the stress it can endure during transportation. Stress factors can include road conditions, potholes, railroad crossings, and uneven terrain. It’s important to note that these factors can effectively increase the weight of your payload, often at a ratio of 1.8:1 or more. Choose a trailer that can handle these stress factors without exceeding its capacity.
Regularly maintaining your trailer is crucial for safe hauling. Conduct thorough pre-trip inspections, including visual checks for hydraulic hose chafing and damage to tie-down equipment like chains, straps, and binders. Ensure all tie-down equipment is appropriately rated for your load. Additionally, check that the trailer sits level and performs as expected before loading.
By matching the right trailer with your heavy equipment and practicing vigilant preventive maintenance, you’ll significantly enhance the safety of your haul.
Never Skimp on Pre-Trip Inspections
Performing a pre-trip inspection is a vital step before embarking on any journey with heavy equipment. Consistently conducting these inspections helps identify potential issues and ensures safe transportation. Here’s a quick checklist to follow:
Always remember that thorough pre-trip inspections are a critical component of safe heavy equipment hauling. Detailed guidelines for inspections are available in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Driver-Vehicle Inspection Report and Part 396.
Consider Hauling Speed
Hauling speed plays a vital role in safety during transportation. Each trailer has a designated speed rating, typically ranging from 55 to 65 mph. However, it’s essential to note that higher speeds can increase stress on the trailer.
For secure hauling, select a trailer that can comfortably perform at your hauling truck’s usual driving speed. This ensures a smoother journey and reduces the risk of stress-related issues.
Common Heavy Equipment We Transport
Our heavy hauling services extend to various types of construction equipment, including:
Cranes are massive and require specialized trailers to transport safely. We have the equipment and expertise to move these oversized loads efficiently.
Bulldozers, known for their immense weight and width, are easily transported with our heavy haul trailers, ensuring they reach their destination without a hitch.
Backhoes’ unique shape and size make them a challenge to transport. Our heavy equipment movers are equipped to handle these heavy loads.
Colorado’s Heavy Equipment Transport Regulations
For those operating in Colorado, it’s essential to be aware of the state’s regulations for heavy equipment transportation:
To transport oversize loads in Colorado, you’ll need permits from the state Department of Transportation. Oversize loads are allowed to travel from sunrise to sunset daily, with restrictions on major holidays.
Trust Heavy Haul Transporting for Your Heavy Equipment Needs
When it comes to heavy equipment transport companies, Heavy Haul Transporting is your trusted partner. Our experienced team, specialized trailers, and commitment to safety ensure your equipment is delivered safely, every time. Ready to transport your heavy equipment? Contact Heavy Haul Transporting today at (844) 337-4909 or visit our website for a free consultation. Let us handle your heavy hauling needs with precision and care.