Moving bulk equipment long distances can be daunting for different reasons, especially given the value and effort necessary to get it to your destination. It requires proper planning and expertise to ensure the equipment arrives on time and in the same condition as when it departed. Below are four things you should know about the process.
1. Planning for the Move
Moving bulk equipment is much more complicated than moving to a different home. For instance, there are special requirements for moving items that are considered oversized. There’s even a possibility that you’ll need to obtain a permit, depending on the type of equipment involved. If you’re moving the equipment on your own, then you should solicit the advice of a consultant in transportation that’s familiar with the process. In the event that you choose to use a transporter, they will likely complete the proper documentation and ensure all requirements are satisfied.
2. Preparing the Equipment
Whether or not you choose to use a transporter, you should prepare the equipment for the purpose of preventing damage. That process will include cleaning it in advance to ensure it’s free of debris that might hinder transportation. It’s possible that dirt will fall off of the equipment and cause damage to vehicles while on the highway. This is especially dangerous when traveling at higher speeds. When heavy equipment is transported, the tires are often tied down. When they are not properly inflated, securing the equipment can be problematic. Subsequently, inflating tires before the move is important.
3. Loading the Equipment
If you’re using a transporter, they will likely use friction devices during the loading process. This is something that you should consider if transporting equipment on your own. To make sure loading is a seamless process, assess the loading zone to confirm a sufficient amount of space without anything that would hinder the load. Always remember that safety is a top priority. You should fasten all parts of the equipment so that there isn’t anything loose that could possibly fall off during transport.
4. Communicating with the Transporter
When using a transporter, it’s important to maintain communication regarding all aspects of the move. This includes confirming that requirements are met and insurance is in place. Despite the liability of the transporter, the ownership for its safety is still yours. Anything that happens during transportation that could have been prevented with the right preparation could end up being costly.
There is a lot involved in transporting heavy equipment. While there is much that can go wrong, it’s not likely if you follow proper protocols. When using a transporter, be sure to assess the condition of the equipment upon arrival. Any issues should be reported right away.