Factors to Consider When Transporting Heavy Equipment

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Bulk haulage has become part of the daily activities of most construction companies. Irrespective of whether you are considering adding extra heavy equipment for manufacturing processes or you have a specific heavy load, you cannot escape bulk haulage.  Even so, it can be a bit challenging for construction managers since it is not easy to get a reliable company to offer the required transportation services. However, it is crucial to understand that the conveyance of such heavy machinery should be handled with extreme care to prevent disasters. There are several factors you should give careful consideration to ahead of choosing the means of transport for your heavy equipment. 


If you decide to hire a bulk haulage company, first set up a maximum budget for the operations. It is easy to identify the right company once you get an estimate of the total cost of the work.  You can achieve this by contacting the head of the project in your company to give you the budget estimation as the financial department comes up with the cost breakdown in a broad scope.

Check the equipment specifications

One of the essential factors to consider is the specifications of the equipment you want to transport. For instance, you can check the weight, dimensions and the material of the machine to assist you in determining the right means of bulk haulage and also the route to be utilised. The specs can also help you in understanding the type of company you should hire because some of them specialise in oversized cargo transportation.

Insurance and certifications

Bulk haulage involves a lot of risks. Errors can occur, and this can lead to grievous losses if the equipment obtains some impairments. No single person would wish to get losses as a result of a company's load mishandling. Therefore, it is wise to do a background check on the type of company you are about to hire. Does the firm possess insurance and the appropriate licenses to operate? Try to acquire that information.

Company's Experience

It is essential to be aware of the experience level of the transportation company you hire when it comes to moving different types of equipment. That is because not every company can handle everything. One firm may be experienced in transporting overhead crane systems, while another one can only transport tractors. Therefore, it is good to inform the company about the type of machine you have and ask them about their experience in it.

If you can sit down and go through the above factors before opting for a particular bulk haulage service, you will never regret your decision.


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