There are many reasons why you might need to move your heavy equipment. Maybe you are moving on to a new construction site, opening a new facility, or purchasing a new piece of machinery that needs to be delivered.
Regardless of the reason why you are moving your heavy equipment, you will need to ensure you are taking steps to protect your equipment during transit. Here are some tips that you can use to improve the safety and efficiency of future equipment moves.
1. Read the Owner's Manual
You should never attempt to move a piece of heavy machinery without reading through the owner's manual that came with the machine at the time of purchase. The manufacturer will provide instructions on any special preparations that need to take place before you can safely move the machine.
Some of these instructions may include disconnecting the battery, draining all fluids, or securing any loose attachments and parts before loading the machine. Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully to ensure your machine arrives at its destination in good repair.
2. Protect Vulnerable Parts
Your machine will likely be loaded onto a flatbed trailer for transport. This means that the machine will be exposed to the elements and road hazards during transit. You need to take precautions to ensure that vulnerable parts on the machine don't sustain any serious damage during delivery.
Any hoses, fluid lines, and tanks should be insulated against the cold during the winter months to prevent freezing. Windows and mirrors should be covered to help prevent chipping or cracks. Tires should also be covered to eliminate any heat damage that may occur as a result of direct exposure to sunlight.
Spending the time to protect vulnerable parts prior to transit will help you preserve the integrity of your heavy equipment during a move.
3. Prepare for Pickup and Drop-Off
A smooth move for any piece of heavy equipment starts before it is ever loaded onto a flatbed trailer. You need to be prepared for both pickup and drop-off to reduce the amount of time needed to complete the move.
Clear out a loading and unloading zone that will accommodate both the transport vehicle and your heavy equipment. Have all tie-down straps and other items needed to secure your equipment in place ready and waiting.
Being prepared beforehand for both pickup and drop-off can prevent you from forgetting any important steps that will keep your equipment safe and secure during delivery.
For more information, contact a heavy equipment transportation service.