Hay and Forage Equipment Transport
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Best Practices For Shipping Hay & Forage Equipment
Transporting hay and forage equipment from one location to another is no small task. These machines weigh thousands of pounds and can be over 9 feet in length. To move your equipment efficiently, you’ll want to make it as compact as possible and choose the appropriate trailer. FR8Star’s network of vetted transport companies and carriers have the experience necessary to handle specialized logistics, but here are some things to keep in mind when shipping hay and forage equipment.
What Kind Of Trailer Do You Need To Transport Hay & Forage Equipment?
A step-deck or removable gooseneck (RGN) trailer is often the choice for moving hay and forage equipment, as a standard flatbed may not provide enough clearance for the machine. Tedders and rakes can be particularly challenging to transport as they often exceed height limits. Some equipment, such as mowers, may work fine on a flatbed.
Removable Gooseneck trailers are a type of lowboy (or double drop-deck) trailer, with a detachable front that allows the trailer to be lowered to the ground so the load can be driven onto the trailer. These trailers can haul up to 11.6 ft in height and 42,000 pounds in weight, making them ideal for oversized loads.
Flatbed trailers are among the most common and cheapest types used to haul heavy equipment, but they are also the most limiting. Flatbeds are usually about 5 ft above ground with around 13.5 feet of total clearance to work with, leaving only 8.5 feet for equipment, which excludes them from many jobs hauling taller equipment or that require a ramp to load the assets. Flatbed trailers can carry roughly 48,000 lbs of weight, but limits can vary by state.
Preparing Hay & Forage Equipment For Transport
Sometimes it is unavoidable, but it’s often desirable to avoid a wide load designation, which can increase costs by as much as double or triple that of a standard load and extend transport time. To ensure your equipment will fit on a standard trailer, separate any pieces you can, and even consider removing the wheels, as these steps can save you some money. Fold any wings as appropriate, and remove attachments such as mowers, swathers, and tedders. Some pieces, such as mowers and tedders, may fit on flatbeds, depending on their size. Other equipment may require an RGN trailer.
For tractors and other motorized parts, drain the fluids, clean out any loose items in the cabin and secure any moving parts to prevent damage during transit. Be sure to check with state ordinances as additional steps may be required.
Get The Best Rate With FR8Star
When your equipment is ready to ship, FR8Star makes it easy to get free haulage estimates, often in 30 seconds or less. You can then compare transport companies and bids, find the one that fits your needs, and get the best possible rate.