Heavy Equipment Transport
Whether you need to transport industrial equipment, construction gear, or any kind of heavy equipment, getting it moved throughout the USA can often seem like a hassle. It can often require special freight shippers with experience in handling large items and requires some specialist equipment to move the items on and off a flatbed truck.
Vehicle options range from lowboy trucks and flatbed trailers to step deck trailers and RGN (removable gooseneck trailers). There are also a number of permits and restrictions that surround transporting heavy equipment, and for this reason booking someone to complete the job can often seem like a hassle with prices given often not 100% transparent,
There are hundreds of heavy equipment transport services on Shiply that are ready to simplify your journey by sending you personalized, transparent quotes straight to your inbox, often up to 75% cheaper than usual, but first, you should know a few things about shipping heavy equipment.
How Much Does Heavy Equipment Transport Cost?
With a number of factors involved, it can be difficult to give an accurate estimate on the cost of heavy equipment transport, but on average you can expect to pay around $5 per mile for shorter distance journeys and $1.75 per mile for longer haul shipments.
Aside from distance, here are some other things that can affect the quotes you can expect to receive:
Item Size - Just how big the heavy equipment you need to move will also affect your pricing. Flatbed hauls are the most standard solution and will be sufficient for most heavy large items. In the rare case that you require more than a flatbed, special trailers will generally be the solution, which can involve special permits and will likely raise your price. The size of the item can also mean that certain routes are unavailable to travel, which might make the route longer.
Timings - If you need something delivered by a certain time then this will likely also raise your price. This is because it may mean a delivery is made for you personally, as opposed to your delivery being part of a normal route.
Pickup And Delivery Locations - If your pickup location is remote then this requires more fuel and time to pick up your item, whereas urban and well-populated areas are likely to cost less as they are less out of the way.
Time Of Year - Adverse weather conditions can also affect pricing in some cases as they can shut off certain routes and make journeys longer.
How Can Shiply Help Find Heavy Equipment Transport?
With lots of options available and lots of factors to consider, choosing the right heavy equipment transport company for you can seem like a daunting task, but this is where Shiply can help.
By submitting a simple form on our site with details of your heavy equipment shipment such as the dimensions, weight, pickup, and delivery locations you can begin to receive quotes from shipping services within minutes. This allows you to compare your options in one place with the ability to message each company that has quoted you individually with any questions you may have.
Shiply also has a system in place for feedback and reviews that allows you to place trust in your chosen company based on their score and previous users’ reviews of them.
Further, heavy equipment shipping companies on our platform are often making similar journeys anyway, meaning that you are not only helping the environment by reducing unnecessary emissions on the roads but you will also see pricing up to 75% cheaper than standard quotes.
Preparing Heavy Equipment For Shipping
If you have selected a shipping company for your heavy equipment and are happy with them then you should follow some steps to ensure that you are prepared for pickup:
Documents - First off, you want to make sure that all permits and documents are sorted before pickup. You should confirm with the shipping company what permits are required and that they are in place.
Check Condition And Take Photographs - You should check over the condition and running order of your heavy equipment prior to pick up, ensuring that you are aware of all damages. Taking high-quality time-stamped photos is highly recommended as this will give you great evidence of condition beforehand should any disputes arise.
Cover Important Parts - You should make sure that you read the manual for your equipment and follow any guidelines such as turning off electrical components before transport. Wrapping any of these ‘vulnerable’ parts up in bubble wrap or similar protective material is a great way of ensuring the utmost safety of your equipment.
What To Do After Delivery
Checking the condition of your heavy equipment upon arrival is crucial. You should look over all parts and ensure they are functioning as expected, as well as compare the condition to the photos that were taken before pickup. If there are any issues then you should raise these with your chosen shipping company immediately.
Lastly, we ask that you leave feedback and a review for your shipping company. This allows them to know how they are doing and enables future Shiply customers to browse with faith, knowing the companies that are reliable and trustworthy.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does Shiply Cover My Area?
Yes! There are couriers using Shiply all over the country and abroad, so whether you need to move a sofa across town or send a car across Europe, we have got you covered.
Does Shiply Have Different Sized Vehicles?
There are thousands of couriers on Shiply, with a wide range of vehicle sizes capable of handling any delivery. Providing the rough dimensions (and pictures if possible) on your listing will allow the delivery company to get the right vehicle sent out to you.
Can I Call Shiply?
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Who Will Carry Out My Delivery?
Whoever you choose! There are thousands of rated transport providers on our platform ready to make a bid to carry out your delivery. It is up to you to decide which quote to accept.
When Will I Receive A Quote?
You will typically start to receive quotes within 30 minutes. If you are worried about the lack of quotes, try adding some more detail to your listing as transport providers may be unsure of dimensions or weight and feel unable to provide an accurate quote. If your delivery is urgent, you can try our 'featured delivery' feature which moves your listing to the top of the search page for couriers.
How Many Quotes Will I Receive?
Whilst there is no guarantee of quotes, 98% of our listings receive at least 3 quotes, so you are likely to find someone who can undertake the delivery of your items.
Does Shiply Provide Packing Materials?
f your item requires packing materials or extra care then you should make sure this is highlighted in your listing and discussed with any transport provider whose quote you are considering. Couriers on Shiply are able to provide all levels of service and can help pack your items, just ensure you inform them of your needs.
Will My Goods Be Tied Up Securely?
Transport providers will almost always tie up an item in the transport vehicle, as the risk of damage from moving around during transit is high. You should always confirm safety precautions and packing needs with transport providers before accepting a quote.
Can Items Be Taken Upstairs?
Yes, items can be taken upstairs if needed, and can also be assembled. Transport providers on Shiply are happy to provide these services, but you should ensure that you are mentioning these requirements in your listings as it may mean a second person is required for the move.
Can I Travel With My Goods?
The majority of transport providers on Shiply are only insured for the transportation of goods, however, some are also able to take people. If you need to travel with your goods, make sure to mention this in your listing and to highlight this to any courier who quotes on your listing.
What If I Need To Cancel My Booking?
If you have accepted a quote and paid the deposit but wish to cancel the delivery, then you should first inform your chosen transport provider that you no longer require the delivery. You should then contact us at to have your deposit refunded.
Can I Change The Address Of The Delivery?
If you have not yet accepted a quote then you are able to change the address of your listing. Note that editing details of your listing after publishing will result in active quotes being voided, so you will have to wait for new quotes to come in. If you have already accepted a quote and need to change the address, please let your transport provider know and contact us at .
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