Wheel Loader Transport in Canada
FR8Star streamlines the process of finding drivers of all kinds, including those who specialize in wheel loader transport. FR8Star does this by offering shippers access to its network of reputable drivers in Canada with the right trucks and trailers for the job at hand.
Best Practices For Wheel Loader Shipping
If you need long-haul transport for a wheel loader, you’ll need the services of a truck and trailer to haul it to its destination. There are a few things you’ll need to do to prepare your wheel loader for the trip before you book a hauler’s services, which you can do easily through FR8Star. This service is free to shippers and provides access to a network of qualified transport companies with expertise in shipping wheel loaders and other heavy haul loads.
Get Your Wheel Loader Ready For Transport
FR8Star’s experienced drivers will use the wheel loader’s dimensions and weight you provide, as well as any available loading methods such as a dock, to determine the right trailer for the job. Thus, it’s critical to supply them with accurate measurements of your machine.
Removable gooseneck (RGN), lowboy, and step deck trailers are commonly used for shipping medium-to-large-sized wheel loaders. Smaller, compact wheel loaders have many more options such as flatbeds, double drops, hot shots, and traveling axle trailers.
Lowboy trailers are popular for transporting larger wheel loaders and their attachments because they can help keep a tall load from triggering regulatory requirements. If the height of the load on the trailer is more than 13.5 feet tall, it will require a permit for transport and possibly a pilot car with a height pole (aka a high pole or hi-pole). Likewise, a load that is wider than 8.5 feet requires an oversize (OS) load permit, while a load wider than 12 feet necessitates escort vehicles such as flag cars. The wheel loader’s manufacturer may provide instructions on reducing the height of specific components of the machine, such as by removing roof-mounted lights or tall exhaust components.
Secure any items that could come loose during transport, and remove any extraneous items from the loader’s cab and storage bins. Ensure that any hatches, windows, and doors are closed and properly latched. Also, if poor weather conditions are in the forecast, talk with the hauler to prepare accordingly and minimize the risk of damage to your wheel loader.
Use FR8Star To Find Your Best Shipping Option
When it comes time to ship, FR8Star is here to help. FR8Star’s experienced transport companies will streamline the process and eliminate the guesswork, including securing any permits or escort vehicle the shipment may require.
Start by entering information about your load, including its dimensions and weight. FR8Star provides free haulage estimates in as little as 30 seconds.
Next, compare transport companies and their estimated rates. FR8Star’s tiered transport company 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 from the ones that look most suitable for your situation. Once they submit their all-in bids for your approval, you can choose the right transport company for your needs. Whatever your brand of wheel loader—Caterpillar, Deere, JCB, Komatsu, Volvo, or any other—FR8Star has drivers experienced with transporting it.
Most drivers will load the wheel loader with the bucket end facing the rear of the trailer. Some will prefer to remove the bucket and load it separately. After loading, make sure that the driver uses the wheel loader’s intended strapdown points to strap or chain it in place. The transport company should use chocks to immobilize the wheels. You may want to tape a sheet of cardboard across the cab window that’s facing forward to protect it from debris.
Most haulers will send you photos of the loaded machine at both the beginning and endpoint of the journey, but don’t hesitate to take your own pics to document the wheel loader’s condition before it is driven away. FR8Star representatives and the hauler are available throughout the trip to resolve any issues and ensure the process goes smoothly.
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Use FR8Star To Find Wheel Loader Transport Companies
FR8Star streamlines the process of finding drivers of all kinds, including those who specialize in wheel loader 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.