Heavy haulage is a job that requires expert handling because it involves dealing with oversize and/or extra heavy loads. Thankfully, Australia is home to several heavy haulage carriers that specialise in the business of transporting oversize and/or extra heavy loads such as forklifts, cranes, crawler loaders, trenchers, scrapers, bulldozers, etc. Transporting heavy construction equipment requires proper planning because the load being transported usually costly, but also poses a greater level of road safety risk. Here some of the important things that your heavy hauler will consider to ensure your equipment is delivered to your construction location safely and in damage-free condition.
The size of your load. Heavy construction equipment come in different sizes. Take the example of excavators. While all types of excavators are considered to be heavy construction machinery, they do not all come in equal sizes. There are mini excavators, mid-sized excavators and large excavators. The choice of an appropriate transport vehicle/trailer will depend upon how small or big your equipment is. The deck of the trailer that will be required to transport a skid-steer loader will have to be wider than that required for a mini excavator, for example.
The weight of your load. Aside from the size of your load, its weight will also need to be considered. Generally speaking, the total weight of your equipment must never exceed the maximum load capacity of the transport trailer used. Otherwise, the transport trailer will be overloaded, and this will pose a major safety hazard on the road. Overloading cause costly damage to critical transport infrastructure and it is a serious road transport offence that can attract huge fines and penalties.
The special requirements of the job. Another factor that will be taken into consideration is any special requirements of the job. If it is expected to rain on the day of the haulage, then your equipment will need to be protected from the rain. In this case, a tarping system may need to be incorporated into the trailer so as to protect the equipment from water infiltration, which may lead to extensive damage or costly repairs. If your load is too tall and is transported with a standard trailer, there might not be enough height clearance for it to pass under a road bridge. In this case, a lowboy trailer may be needed to ensure safe passage under the bridge.
Now that you know what a heavy hauler can do to ensure safe and efficient transport of your heavy construction machinery, you should let them handle all your heavy haulage jobs.