Choosing transportation for heavy-duty machinery and equipment is not like choosing a freight company for standard boxes and packages. The transport company you choose will need to have special trucking to accommodate the size and weight of your machinery, and you may only need to use them once rather than set up a long-term working relationship with them.
No matter how often you use a transport company for heavy-duty machinery, you'll need to ensure you choose the right company that will get your equipment to its destination safely and on time. Note a few important factors for choosing the best company.
1. Note their cargo insurance
Even if you're using a transport company just once for certain pieces of heavy-duty machinery and equipment, you still want to note the amount of their cargo insurance. This is the insurance that covers your equipment in case of loss or damage. It's easy to think that you can save money by choosing a transport company that has very little cargo insurance, but remember that it only takes one accident for your machinery to be wrecked, and without the proper cargo insurance you may not be reimbursed for its entire cost.
2. Check special handling requirements
Heavy-duty machinery may need special handling, even if it's a piece that seem rugged. For example, you may need heavy chains to tie down certain heavy pieces of equipment, if it doesn't have wheels that can be locked onto a flatbed. A piece of machinery that sits close to the ground may not be able to be raised onto a flatbed, which means it may need to be towed or hoisted with a crane.
Delicate machinery may need ropes or rubber belts for tie-downs rather than chains, and machinery used for hazardous materials may require a driver that is trained to handle hazardous material even if your machinery is idle at the time.
Note if your machinery or equipment needs any of these types of special handling. A transport company may be able to work with you to determine the best way to secure your machinery for transport, but don't assume you can simply load it onto a flatbed and it will be secure and on its way.
3. Note delivery times
Since many pieces of heavy-duty machinery are often transported just once, a transport company may not have regular routes and hubs it uses for delivery. In turn, delivery times may not be as flexible as they are with standard cargo. Note delivery times and days if your machinery must be delivered by a certain time and ask about this immediately when shopping around for transport companies.
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