Preparing Farm Equipment For Transport
Preparing farm equipment for transport can be a bit daunting if you do not know what you are doing. With any transport and especially with the transporting of farm equipment it is important to know the details and specifics of the equipment that you are transporting.
Before we get to the basic steps for transporting your farm equipment, here is some basic information that you should have. The first and probably the most important is knowing the year, make, and model of your equipment. This is very important because we will need to determine the trailer type that is needed for transport and also if there will be any additional permits or escorts required for the transport itself.
It is always best to have someone take some actual measurements of the equipment rather than just relying on the manufacturer’s specs to provide online. A lot of times, farm equipment is equipped with additional attachments or larger attachment upgrades that are added after the unit has been manufactured by the original company.
We have found that 95% of farm equipment that needs to be transported has been altered and is usually bigger and/or heavier than the manufacture specs that are provided. Once again, we want to make this experience as easy as possible. We understand that this process can be intimidating; however, a couple of simple steps are all you need to get your farm equipment where you need it.
Schedule a Transport – Make sure you find a good shipping company that has experience in moving farm equipment and search reviews online to make sure you have found the right one for your needs. Then schedule transport with this company so you know when your equipment needs to be ready for transport. Once again be prepared to give them the specs of your unit and the pickup location and drop-off location.
This is very basic information but it is absolutely necessary so that we can make some preliminary decisions about the safest and most economical way to transport your farm equipment. Having this basic information will make the scheduling of your farm equipment transport a lot easier than calling a transport company and them not be able to give you a quote or even get you scheduled because you have to try to get this information and then call back. Any company that can provide you with a quote to transport your farm equipment without you providing this basic information is not a reputable company and they are just trying to get your money.
Machinery Prep – Before shipping farm equipment, it is a good idea to get it washed. Then, you should take a look at your owner’s manual to see exactly what should be done to your machinery to prep it for transport. You may need to drain fluids, disconnect batteries, or remove certain items from the machinery. It may also be a good idea to winterize your equipment. Once again the most important thing is to make sure that the unit is washed and free of loose mud or dirt.
This is important because, during transport, dried-up mud or dirt can fly off of the equipment and damage other vehicles that are traveling behind the transport trailer. Ultimately, the driver of the trailer is responsible for damages to other vehicles caused by equipment that is on the trailer. If the farm equipment is not washed and free of clutter, then a driver can refuse to transport your equipment.
Also, in most cases, there is no need to drain fluids, disconnect batteries, or remove certain items from the machinery, unless it causes some type of hazard during transport. Once again, make sure you reference your owner’s manual for the farm equipment. Almost 99% of farm equipment can be transported as is. That means that there is no need to drain fluids, disconnect batteries, or remove certain items from the machinery.
Be On-Time – Being on time is the most important part of shipping farm equipment. Any delay could cost you extra money and will delay drop-off times as well. Our drivers are professional and our logistic teams work directly with you on the pickup schedule and the drop-off schedule.
We will notify you the day before the scheduled pickup and delivery to give you some basic information and a scheduled time window. We will also call you the day of and give you a 2 hour lead time for the pickup or delivery. If you require additional notification, we can accommodate that as well. The most important thing for us is to safely get your equipment loaded and transported to the desired location. The other details and requirements of your farm equipment transport will always be handled in a professional manner. We will work with you and your time requirements as we expect you to do the same for us.
We can provide farm equipment transport services that will make expose all other farm equipment transport companies as underrated. As one of the top farm equipment transport companies in the United States, we cover all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii.
We have a committed group that includes capable customer service reps, highly trained transport consultants, experienced dispatchers and proficient drivers. We will always be able to provide you with quotes that will always be reasonable. From the beginning to the end, one of our team members will always be available. Most farm equipment transport companies will give you a quote and then increase your transport cost based on additional specifics that should have been included in the original transport cost. Here, we give you an upfront quote that we will stand by.