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The Logistics of Heavy Equipment Moving

Transporting heavy equipment and machinery can be a challenging task. These large metal beasts can easily weigh tens of thousands of pounds. When a piece of machinery needs to be transported to another location across the city, province, or country, it can seem impossible. With Can Ridge, we can help you prepare for your move and ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible. Here are a few things to keep in mind when preparing for your move.

Documentation

When preparing to move heavy equipment from one location to another, various permits may be required depending on which cities, provinces, roads and highways are being crossed. Because of the shear amount of weight of the machines, roads may be at risk to stress and damage during transportation. Certain bridges and streets may even need to be avoided (this would be taken care of during route planning). Permits need to be applied to ensure that we are able to transport the equipment legally the entire way. Should the load be oversized or wide, additional permits may be required. Wide loads consume additional lanes, which can cause issues with traffic flow in the surrounding area during transportation. Proper planning must go into the move so that traffic is not severely effected.

Preparing the Equipment

When preparing the equipment for the move, ensure that all parts are secured. Any moving pieces should be strapped and attached so they do not swing open during transportation. If there are removable pieces that could be lost during the move, it is better to take these off and attach them to the flat bed truck prior to transportation. During this process, take an inventory of the all the pieces to ensure that everything that leaves the yard arrives at the new location.

As part of the shipping process, flags and indicators may need to be attached to the machinery. These are requirements that are specified in the permits and transportation laws. Wide load and Overweight signs indicate the hazards to other drivers, which keep everyone safe. The proper safety requirements will be attached to the equipment (such as flags) so that the equipment and other drivers are kept safe.

Preparing for Delivery

At the destination, ensure that there is sufficient space to delivery the machinery. Clear the space for the truck, machinery, and any setup area. The worst situation to be in is to arrive and the yard and struggle with the logistics of delivery and setup. This can be especially frustrating under tight deadlines as hours can be spent figuring out the setup of the equipment. With proper planning you can save time and money on the delivery.