Shipping logistics for large items such as tractors can be complex. FR8Star simplifies the shipping process, and can connect you with experienced carriers with the knowledge and skill to transport tractors, locally, regionally, and even nationally.
Best Practices For Shipping Tractors
Shipping logistics for large items such as tractors can be complex. Transporting tractors sometimes requires special permits or wide load designation, potentially adding costs and time. FR8Star simplifies the shipping process, and can connect you with experienced carriers with the knowledge and skill to transport tractors, locally, regionally, and even nationally. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you prepare your tractor for shipping.
Choose The Right Trailer
Ensure that the trailer used to haul the tractor has the space and capacity needed to accommodate the size and weight of the tractor and its attachments. Some of the most commonly used trailers are flatbed, step-deck, and lowboy trailers.
Flatbed trailers are among the most common, and often the cheapest, type used to haul tractors. Flatbed trailers typically stand about five feet above ground and generally provide 13.5 feet of total clearance to work with, which accommodates about 8.5 feet for equipment height. Flatbeds can handle the standard 8.5 feet of width and roughly 48,000 pounds of weight, but keep in mind that limits vary by state.
Step-deck trailers (also called drop-deck) have a lower midsection that provides some extra clearance relative to a flatbed, and may therefore be a better option for taller loads. These trailers can be loaded from the side, rear, or overhead. Many step-deck trailers also have ramps that enable machinery to be driven on to and off of the trailer, eliminating the need for extra loading equipment. Step-deck trailers usually have a maximum weight between 48,000 and 53,000 pounds, a maximum height for the lower deck of around 10 feet, and an 8.5-foot width.
Lowboys (also called double drop-deck trailers) offer the greatest amount of height clearance, but are typically the most expensive option. Lowboys can haul loads up to 12 feet tall weighing between 40,000 and 80,000 pounds, depending on the number of axles. Lowboys come in three types: fixed gooseneck, fixed-neck, and removable gooseneck, with different options for loading from the front or back, and with different weight limits.
How To Ship A Tractor
One of the trickiest aspects of hauling tractors and other heavy equipment is avoiding wide load designation, which slows delivery and comes with additional fees. For some items, you may be able to alter the height, weight, and length by removing any accessories, attachments, or components, which you can then ship separately.
It is also important to immobilize any moving parts and ensure the cab is cleared of any loose items. Check with state ordinances to determine whether there are other requirements, as you may need to drain fluids or remove parts before shipping a tractor.
Get The Best Rate On FR8Star
When it comes time to ship, FR8Star makes it easy to get free haulage estimates, often in 30 seconds or less. You can then compare brokers and bids, find the one that fits your needs, and get the best possible rate.