Shipping Construction Equipment

Pack and Post can ship your construction equipment safely and reliably. Get a quote now by calling us at 855.322.9684, or fill out our easy form and we’ll get you a construction equipment shipping quote within 24 hours.

Freight Specialties

Our Construction Equipment Shipping specialties include:

  • Wheel Loaders
    Popular wheel loader manufacturers include Volvo, John Deere, Caterpillar, Komatsu, and Letourneau. We can ship them all!
  • Crawler Loaders
    Less common than wheel loaders, these loaders have cat tracks. Of course lots of Caterpillars, but also some Deere’s and others.
  • Skid Steer Loaders
    These small loaders typically weigh under 10,000 lbs. Depending on their size, several may fit on one truck.
  • Backhoe Loaders
  • Hydraulic Excavators
  • Mini Excavators
  • Rock Trucks
  • Graders
  • Scrapers
  • Bulldozers
  • Dump Trucks
  • Shovels

Don’t see your equipment on this list? We can ship all types of heavy equipment.

Shipping Small Construction Equipment

The most important task in shipping construction equipment is to match the size and weight of the equipment to a suitable transport trailer.

Standard maximum weight and dimensions for trucks on the US interstate system are as follows(1). Note some states have higher limits.

  • Weight: 80,000 lbs gross. Most stepdeck trailers are designed to carry a load of up to 44,000-48,000 lbs.
  • Length: 48′-0″. Flatbeds are generally 48′. Stepdeck trailers usually have a main deck 37-38 ft. Lowboys typically have a main deck 29′-6″
  • Width: 8′-6″. This is the same for all states, nationwide.
  • Height: 13′-6″. Flatbeds are usually 60″ high leaving 8′-6″ for the load. Stepdecks have about 10′ for the load, while Lowboy/Removable Gooseneck trailers 11′-8″ up to 12′-0″

In summary, if you are shipping construction equipment that is less than 44,000 lbs, less than 37′ long, and under 10′ high, a standard stepdeck trailer should be a good match without any “specialty equipment premium” or oversize load permits required. If your equipment is less than 29′-6″ long and under 11′-8″ high, an RGN will probably work, but it will carry a premium. If you are over these limits, permits, specialty equipment, and potentially police escorts and route surveys may be required.

Find your equipment specifications on the manufacturer’s website or on a site like RitchieSpecs or Construction Equipment Guide. Make sure to verify the actual weights and dimensions prior to shipping, and to factor in any modifications, attachments, etc.

Oversize Loads

In order to qualify for an oversize load permit, states will require that your equipment be non-reducible. For most construction equipment this should not be an issue, but each state has specific requirements. A good rule of thumb is that if you could take the equipment apart in less than 8 hours and make it small enough to transport without permits, they might make you do it. For very large loads, a letter from the manufacturer stating that the equipment is not reducible might even be required.

In most states permits for overwidth loads should be fairly straightforward up to 11′-6″. Standard interstate lanes are 12′ wide. Up to 16′ is more difficult and may require police escorts and multiple pilot cars in some states. Up to 20′ or larger may be possible, but physical route limitations (underpasses, actual road width, signs, mailboxes, etc.) start to become major issues. Obviously, the shorter the transport distance, the easier these issues are to overcome.

Overheight loads become a problem quickly because of underpasses (going under bridges). Route surveys may be required for even minimally overheight loads.

Each state is different so check the requirements at USA Pilot Cars or Parker Pilot Cars first, and check with the state itself (list of permit offices) to verify before shipping. If your load is traveling through multiple states, make sure to check the rules for all of them!

Some states do allow for regional permits. For example, the Western Regional Permit allows for transport of trailers 14′ wide, 14′ high, and up to 160,000 lbs through Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington.