Whether a job project requires it, or your business is moving locations, it is sometimes necessary to move your heavy equipment. Unfortunately, that can be fairly complicated to do. If you try to transport it on your own, you can very easily run into restrictions that cause legal problems, or dangerous situations that result in damage to the equipment or injury to those around the equipment being transported.
So, we’re going to help you with a few tips on how to transport heavy equipment where you need it without those problems.
1: Choose a Professional
First and foremost, you shouldn’t try to transport it yourself unless you already have that capability built into your company model. There is simply too much that can go wrong, and even if it doesn’t, you’re likely to run into legal problems.
Instead, it’s recommended to hire a transport services company capable of handling that for you. It’s far cheaper than getting the equipment necessary to transport it from scratch, and it’s a lot safer.
2: Drain Fluids
This one might seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised how often people attempt to have their heavy equipment transported with full tanks of fuel and all their other necessary fluids filled to the brim.
This does two things.
First, in some municipalities, it can cause legal problems. This is large because it makes the already somewhat risky transport far worse. If something happens, and the vehicle transporting your heavy equipment topples, it’s not just a large object falling, it’s one filled with flammable fluids.
Also, it increases weight. The weight of your equipment might be used by your chosen transport service to determine costs, and some services might require the fluids to be drained regardless.
3: Ensure Protection
When you’re delivering your equipment to the transport service, or before it comes to collect your equipment, take time to make sure it’s as protected as possible. If there are detachable parts, make sure they’re secured. If seats or certain parts are exposed, wrap them properly to avoid water damage during open-air transport when rain is an issue. Finally, make sure you remove all personal items from the equipment before it’s picked up.
4: Get Insurance
Many services offer insurance packages to cover damage to your equipment during transport. Even when hiring a professional, there is always a chance of a wreck affecting the transport process in a way that damages your equipment. You want to make sure it’s covered.
5: Take Pictures
Finally, it’s key to take detailed pictures of your equipment before it’s loaded up and transported. This is to show the state it was in before transport. If something happens, and you notice damage when the equipment arrives at its destination, you’ll have proof of the damage done. This can help with making a claim on the insurance or bringing it to the service’s attention when planning how to transport heavy equipment.
Make sure that you take photos from every possible angle and ensure that the pictures are clear and detailed.