Shipping Heavy Equipment

By Terese Kerrigan of Freight Center

Equipment Trader makes it easy to shop for heavy equipment, but did you know that shipping your newly purchased equipment can be just as simple? Shipping oversize or heavy haul loads can get expensive, which is why it’s important to shop around for the right carrier at the best price. Through, a third-party logistics provider with 14 years experience and UShip-approved carrier with 5-star reviews, shippers can get rate comparisons from multiple providers and possibly even start a bidding war. Although price is top of mind, it’s also important to make sure the individual or company transporting your equipment has experience with your type of machinery and has the proper equipment to move it.

Depending on the size of your equipment, specialized trucking services are most often needed. Before loading, review a list of specialized trucking equipment and the acceptable weight and dimensions of your machinery. For safety purposes, never allow a driver to use improper equipment. The heavier the load, the more axles you’ll need.

Every state in the United States requires different heavy hauling permits to meet state regulations. Often times drivers will choose alternate routes to avoid states with high restrictions or restricted bridges. “Permits can be tricky for an unseasoned heavy hauler,” said Allen Shifflett, truckload account manager at “Due to heavy restrictions, some truckers may completely avoid Ohio’s highways but an inexperienced heavy hauler may not know these tactics, which could result in higher costs and longer transit times.”

For more information on heavy haul transportation or to get a free rate quote, visit or call 800-716-7882.

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