FR8Star streamlines the process of finding drivers of all kinds, including those who specialize in excavator transport. FR8Star does this by offering shippers access to its network of reputable drivers with the right trucks and trailers for the job at hand.
Best Practices For Excavator Shipping
If you need long-haul transport for an excavator, you’ll need the services of a truck and trailer to haul it to its destination. FR8Star is here to help. FR8Star gives you free access to a network of qualified transport companies with expertise in shipping excavators and other heavy haul loads. Its experienced transport companies will streamline the process and eliminate the guesswork, including securing any permits or escort vehicle it may require.
However, there are a few things you’ll need to do to prepare your excavator for the trip before you book a hauler’s services.
Get Your Excavator Ready For Shipping
FR8Star’s experienced drivers will use the excavator dimensions and weight you provide to determine the right trailer for the job. Thus, it’s critical to supply them with accurate measurements of your machine when it’s prepped for transport. That means its boom is lowered, its arm is tucked underneath, and its bucket or linkage is resting on the ground or otherwise stowed. The machine’s tracks should be retracted to their narrowest width, if applicable. Removable gooseneck lowboy and step deck trailers are commonly used for shipping medium-to-large-sized excavators, while mini excavators have many more options such as flatbeds, double drops, hotshots, and traveling axle trailers.
Watch Your Excavator's Height
A major consideration when shipping machinery and attachments is their height on the trailer, which is why lowboys are so popular for transporting large hydraulic excavators. If the load is more than 13.5 feet tall, it will require a permit for transport and possibly a pilot car with a height pole (also called a high pole or hi-pole). The width of the excavator is also important, because anything wider than 8.5 feet will require an oversize (OS) load permit, and a load wider than 12 feet will require escort vehicles such as flag cars. It’s important to follow the excavator manufacturer’s instructions on fully stowing or disassembling the machine. There may be specific practices for reducing the height of specific components, such as by removing roof-mounted lights or tall exhaust components.
Secure The Excavator For Transport
Tape or strap down any items that could come loose during transport, and remove any personal belongings from the excavator’s cab and storage compartments. Make sure that any hatches, windows, and doors are closed and properly latched. If any glass will face forward in the direction of travel, it’s a good idea to protect it from debris. Also, if the forecast predicts bad weather ahead, talk with the hauler to prepare accordingly and minimize the risk of damage.
Get The Best Rate At FR8Star
When it comes time to ship, FR8Star makes it easy to get free haulage estimates fast—in as little as 30 seconds. Enter the information about your load, including its dimensions, weight, and available loading methods such as a dock.
Next, compare transport companies and the bids they submit. FR8Star’s tiered transport companies ratings—Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond—indicate how long a hauler has been using the platform and how highly they’ve been rated by their customers. Ask for firm quotes, and then choose the right transport company for your needs. Whatever your brand of excavator—Caterpillar, Deere, Hitachi, Komatsu, Volvo, or any other—FR8Star has drivers experienced with transporting it.
Most drivers will load the excavator with the boom facing the rear of the trailer. After loading, make sure that the driver uses the excavator’s intended strap down points to strap or chain it in place. If the excavator has wheels, the transport company should use chocks to immobilize them. Most haulers will send you photos of the loaded machine at both the beginning and endpoint of the journey, but don’t be afraid to take your own pics to document the excavator’s condition before it is driven away. FR8Star representatives and the hauler will both be in contact with you throughout the trip to resolve any issues and make the process go smoothly.
Use FR8Star To Find Excavator Transport Companies
Fortunately, FR8Star streamlines the process of finding drivers of all kinds, including those who specialize in excavator transport. FR8Star does this by offering shippers access to its network of reputable drivers with the right trucks and trailers for the job at hand.