Construction companies ship equipment from jobsite to jobsite and when they first purchase the equipment. If the company doesn’t have their own trucks and floats, then they need to contact someone to haul their equipment.
Shipping heavy equipment is expensive. You want to find a hauler that offers a reasonable rate but will also get your load to its destination safely and on time, while operating in a professional and legal manner.
“Whether you’re a small company who has purchased a used piece of equipment at an auction and need to get it home or you’re a manufacturer of heavy equipment that ships many machines every day, most of the factors regarding carrier selection apply in either case,” says Clayton Fisk, president & chief operating officer at The Machinery Haulers Association, Inc.
The first step is to get informed. Find out what trailer type is needed. This knowledge will help you eliminate some haulers, because some haulers won’t have the trailer type you need. If you don’t know by the time you speak to a hauler, it will be the first question they ask you.
Find out if your machine qualifies as oversized. Oversized loads require special permits and extra costs, and significantly less haulers serve the oversized market, which reduces the number of potential haulers for your load.
When finding a hauling company or an owner-operator trucking company, it’s important to vet the company/driver.
You need to find out how long they have been hauling, their safety record, if they’ve hauled equipment like yours before, and if they’ve hauled in the jurisdictions in which your load will travel through and be delivered.
If possible, use your networks to ask about the carriers they use. Find out who they use and how satisfied they are with their hauler’s service.