Skid Steer Transport
Skid steer shipping made easy with FR8Star.
Best Practices For Shipping A Skid Steer
The best way to ensure that shipping equipment goes as smoothly as possible to connect with a transport company with the right truck and trailer ready to go to handle the load. Doing that research on your own, however, can be difficult and time-consuming. Enter FR8Star, a free-to-use heavy haul service that connects you with qualified transport companies around the country with extensive experience in transporting skid steers along with a wide range of other heavy machinery and oversize loads.
Prepare Your Skid Steer For Transport
To make sure the transport process goes smoothly for your skid steer, start by collecting the most accurate measurements possible. The size of your machine will determine the type of truck and trailer that are best-suited for the job. Taller loads, for example, may require lowboy, step deck, or removable gooseneck (RGN) trailers, whereas more compact machines may only need a standard flatbed or traveling axle trailer, or a hot shot hauler.
Because even the largest skid steers typically weigh less than 10,000 pounds and measure around 8 feet in height, you aren’t likely to be in danger of exceeding legal weight or height limits. That’s good news, as that would require an oversize load permit. Even so, it is still crucial to provide your driver with accurate dimensions to prevent potential delays or other issues down the road.
As long as the trailer plus the load is no taller than 13.5 feet tall, it’s considered a legal load. Because the width of the skid steer may vary depending on the attachment, there is a chance you could exceed the 8.5-foot width limit that would require a permit or, more unlikely, the 12-foot width limit that would require an escort. In that case, you may want to remove the attachment and load it separately to avoid needing to apply for a permit.
Before shipping, it’s also important to make sure that everything on your skid steer is properly secured. Check all doors, windows, hatches, and storage compartments. This is also a good opportunity to take a photo or two of your machine so you can check for damage once it reaches its destination. You should also coordinate with the driver if less than ideal weather conditions are expected and maybe cover it with a tarp or some other form of protection.
Let FR8Star Handle The Rest
Once your skid steer is ready for shipping, enter all relevant information about your machine at FR8Star.com, including make, model, dimensions, and pickup/drop-off location, and submit your load for bidding. In as little as 30 seconds, you’ll start receiving free haulage estimates from qualified transport companies.
The next step is to compare carriers by checking their tier rating, which includes Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond, indicating how long the company has been on the FR8Star platform and how well-reviewed they are by customers. You’ll also see a star rating and have the chance to read those reviews. When you request firm quotes, transport companies will submit all-in bids and you can then choose the carrier that best meets your needs.