Heavy Equipment Shipping

Equipment Transportation and Hauling

Whether it’s a small skidsteer, a wheel loader, or a large heavy mining machine, Pack and Post will get your equipment moved. In addition to our internal carrier database, we have access to thousands of heavy haul transporters through the industry’s best load boards.

No matter what type of equipment you have, we will match the right carrier to your load.

Here are just a few of our heavy equipment shipping specialties:

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  • Backhoes
  • Compactors
  • Dozers
  • Dump Trucks
  • Excavators
  • Graders
  • Loaders
  • Rock Trucks
  • Scrapers
  • Shovels
  • Skid Steers
  • Roadheaders
  • Haul Trucks
  • Loaders
  • Shovels
  • Cutter Drums
  • Continuous Miners
  • Drills
  • Snow Equipment
  • Tractors
  • Augers
  • Combines
  • Harvesters
  • Cranes
  • Boom and Scissor Lifts
  • Forklifts
  • Light Towers
  • Generator Sets
  • Air Compressors

Why Choose Pack and Post

  • SPEED We’ll get you a quote in 24 hours or less. Need it faster? Call us now at 855.322.9684
  • TRUST We are a licensed and bonded freight broker. We are BBB accredited with an A+ rating. And we won’t sell or misuse your information.
  • SERVICE We answer the phone, usually on the first or second ring. If we need to do some research, we call you back as soon as possible. We are friendly. And, we have “mechanical aptitude”. We understand what it takes to ship equipment, and we take the time to understand your unique requirements. Our president has a degree in mechanical engineering and used to work for a Fortune 500 mining company. And if we can’t help you, we’ll figure out who can.
  • PROCESS AND TECHNOLOGY Your shipment details will be tracked using Microsoft Dynamics CRM from the first inquiry through to load delivery. We will record your special requirements. And we have a detailed written process to ensure consistent service, which is constantly improving.
  • WORLDWIDE COVERAGE Whether truck, ocean, or air, Pack and Post will find the right transport mode for your shipment.

Steps to a successful Heavy Equipment Move

When choosing a heavy equipment mover, there are many factors to consider. Here are the steps to follow.

Gather Basic Information

First, note your equipment make/model/year. This can provide a basic idea of the type of shipping you need and is sometimes enough to get a rough cost estimate. Next, find your equipment weight and dimensions. Ideally, these values are actual verified measurements taken directly on the equipment to be moved. If actual dimensions are not available, specifications can be estimated from Ritchiespecs.com, from the manufacturer’s website, or similar sources. The weight and size are the most important factors to determine the appropriate transport equipment type.

Take pictures of your equipment. Pictures can be helpful for many reasons, including identification of potential compatibility issues between the load and truck, verification of dimensions, and potentially ideas for saving money. Pictures also help to allow your freight broker and carrier to have more confidence in the accuracy of the quote, which may result in a lower price.

Note Any Special Requirements

Does your shipment need expedited service? When can it be picked up and when does it need to be delivered?

Can the equipment be transported open, or does it require an enclosed trailer? Does it require tarps? What will the weather be like along the shipment route?

Is the equipment sensitive to rust (especially important for ocean transport), vibration, etc?

Are there any restrictions or barriers at the pickup or destination sites? Is either site limited access or a construction site, school, church, etc? Local loading/unloading requirements, restrictions, etc.

Is the equipment running? If not, is there equipment available to load and unload it? Do you need additional time to load (drop trailer).

Select the Best Mode of Transport

  • Truck
  • Rail
  • Ocean
  • Air
  • Intermodal

Select Specific Equipment Types

Determine what specific equipment types (trailer types) are best suited to your load. If sending by truck, options include standard flatbeds, step decks, lowboys, double drops, removable gooseneck, and Landoll (traveling axle) trailers. Trailer types are available with a huge number of unique configurations and features, but generally fall into a few high-level categories. For ocean shipments, your equipment can be containerized (if it will fit into standard container sizes), or potentially may be shipped RORO (roll-on-roll-off).

Request Quotes

Request quotes from freight brokers and/or carriers. Freight brokers have access to hundreds of carriers and can guide you through the shipping process, making sure to match your load with the best carrier for your situation. Check to make sure your broker and/or carrier is licensed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). They should have an active MC number.

Make sure you know what the quote includes. Fuel surcharges and accessorials such as detention time, extra stops, tarping, loading assistance, etc. can add to your final cost.

For oversize and overweight heavy equipment shipments requiring permitting, make sure that permits, surveys, pilot cars, and police escorts are included.

Look for creative ways to reduce costs

The best way to dramatically reduce your cost of shipping is to make sure you’ve thought through the possibilities to minimize the size and weight, and maximize the transportability of your freight. Sometimes an extra foot or even inch of width can make all the difference. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Disassemble freight to make it smaller, especially if it is overweight/overdimension.
  • Use a different type of truck. Can the equipment fit as a partial load on a larger truck? As a full load on a smaller truck?
  • Use a different loading method
  • If the equipment is small enough, palletize and send LTL. Can a portion of the equipment be crated/palletized?
  • Consider intermodal, multi-carrier, etc.
  • Consider a different route.
  • Can the equipment be containerized?
  • Can the equipment be picked up or dropped off at a certain location?
  • Is a drop container or drop trailer appropriate?

Make sure you are covered

Ensure your cargo will be covered for loss or damage during transport. The carrier should have at least as much cargo insurance to cover the value of your freight. Most carriers have at least $100,000. Some have $250,000, $1 million, or more. If you are a business check your business policy to see if it covers your property while it’s being transported. Also check the carrier’s liability insurance (they should have at least $1 million), and safety rating. For ocean transport, be especially careful and determine if you need to purchase 3rd party insurance for your specific shipment.

Agree on a price

Many factors may influence the price, including your flexibility for pickup and delivery, transport mode, shipping volume, time of year, inbound/outbound and load/truck rations, proximity to major freight lanes. Sometimes a great deal can be found if a carrier needs a load to get home (a backhaul). However, usually the cost savings are not drastic, as there is a “market rate” for the freight. Once you book your load, the broker or carrier should provide you with a rate confirmation. They may ask for your signature. The rate confirmation should include the price as well as inclusions and exclusions.

Prepare your equipment for transport

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for equipment transport preparation. Protect any sensitive or fragile parts, secure any moving parts, and keep in mind any liquids or other components that may be sensitive to temperature.

Safely load and unload your equipment

Sign the Bill of Lading. Ensure that the carrier that was supposed to transport the load is shown as the carrier on the Bill of Lading. Make sure all information is correct on the Bill of Lading.