Shipping your combine and combine attachments made easy with FR8Star.
Best Practices For Transporting Combines
Combine harvesters are huge, heavy, and awkwardly shaped farm machines that generally qualify as oversize/overweight (OS/OW) loads. This means special paperwork and state-specific permits are typically required. Combines are also extremely expensive and sophisticated machines, so you will want to book the right transport company to ensure safe and secure shipping, whether moving a combine a few hundred miles on narrower country roads or several hundred miles on a three-lane interstate.
FR8Star streamlines the process of finding transport companies for all kinds of loads, no matter the size, point of origin or destination. That includes companies with the capabilities and experience to safely transport combines. After using FR8Star to identify the right hauler for your machine, keep the following best practices in mind when prepping the combine for shipping.
Combine Transport Options
All combines do the job of harvesting crops, but individual combines can differ dramatically in height, weight, width, and design, depending on the crop specialty as well as the manufacturer, make, and model. Combine weights can exceed tens of thousands of pounds, 30-feet (9-meter) lengths, and widths and heights of 12 ft (3.7 m). Depending on the combine and trailer, though, it may be possible to avoid paying some OS/OW costs. A removable gooseneck (RGN) or drop-deck trailer, for example, may provide the extra clearance necessary to meet height requirements, especially if a combine’s tires are also removed.
Prepare A Combine For Transport
In addition to selecting the right trailer, do whatever is possible to reduce the combine’s width and height. Take accurate measurements of the machine, and check the hauling guidelines for states on the shipping route to determine what permits might be needed. Depending on the trailer, it might be possible to drive the combine directly onto the trailer. An inoperable, damaged, or antique combine, however, may require additional equipment to load and unload.
Check the combine’s manufacturer information for haulage instructions or additional resources specific to your combine. Drain fluids from the tanks, disconnect batteries, and remove personal belongings from the cab and storage compartments. Secure and protect any loose components or parts that could be damaged if exposed to wind, rain, snow, debris, and other elements.
Get It Shipped With FR8Star
Although shipping a combine is a big job, FR8Star can help. The free service eliminates the most troublesome logistics shippers encounter, while letting shippers request competitive hauling requests from its network of transport companies knowledgeable and experienced in shipping combines. Once your combine is ready for hauling, FR8Star will help you get free transport estimates in as little as 30 seconds. FR8Star’s network of vetted, qualified hauling companies will compete for your bid, enabling you to compare multiple bids and transport companies to determine which one is best for your needs. From start to finish, FR8Star’s open marketplace saves you time and other resources so you can focus on your business.