Harvesting Header Transport

Best Practices For Transporting Harvesting Headers

The right header can make all the difference at harvest time. In addition to optimizing the quality of the end product, many new harvesting headers can also increase pickup speed and respond better to changing crop conditions. When shopping for a new or used harvesting header, you can extend your search across the country and even overseas, and know that FR8Star’s network of transport companies can help you transport the header you need.


The transport experts in FR8Star’s network have the knowledge and experience needed to safely and securely haul harvesting headers—and any other farm machinery—from one location to another, so you can put your machine to work as quickly as possible. When shipping harvesting headers, consider the following advice for selecting a hauler and preparing the header for transport.

Trailer Options For Harvesting Headers

Whether you’re shipping a forage, platform, or row crop header, it’s likely you will need the type of trailer used to haul heavy equipment due to the length and weight of the header. In most cases, harvesting headers don’t exceed limits for width and height, so haulers can use most cost-efficient trailers such as flatbed trailers or header transport trailers.


Flatbed trailers are the type of trailer most commonly used to haul heavy equipment. Flatbed trailers stand about 5 feet (1.5 meters) above ground and provide around 13.5 ft (4.1 m) of total clearance, which accommodates equipment up to around 8.5 ft (2.6 m) in height. Flatbeds can handle the standard 8.5 ft of width and roughly 48,000 pounds (21,772 kilograms) of weight, but limits can vary by state. Smaller harvesting header attachments can sometimes travel on a flatbed as part of a partial load, further decreasing shipment costs.


Header transport trailers are specifically designed to support the length and width of headers. These trailers typically range from 20 to 48 ft (6.1 to 14.6 m) long and are built to transport headers on the highway as well as in the field. Heavy-duty header transports often feature torsion axles to provide smooth transport, while dual rear axles are also commonly used for added strength and durability wherever the load must travel.

Get Your Harvesting Headers Ready For Shipping


Before loading, clean off any debris that might fall off the unit during transport. If possible, consider folding up the harvest header, assuming that doing so would reduce transport difficulty or eliminate the need for oversized load permits. Finally, tie down the header using the trailer’s straps or other attachment points to secure it for transport.

Get It Shipped With FR8Star

FR8Star streamlines the process of finding drivers for all kinds of jobs, including those who specialize in transporting harvesting headers. FR8Star does this by offering shippers access to its network of reputable drivers with the right trucks and trailers for every task. Once you have determined the preferred mode of transport and the harvesting header is prepared for the trip, you can rely on FR8Star to provide you with free all-in hauling estimates, often in less than 30 seconds. You can compare transport company ratings as well as bids in order to find the best option for you.

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