It’s quite common for construction companies to have to ship their equipment over long distances. However, because of its design, a backhoe loader isn’t meant to be driven long distances. A massive piece of machinery, backhoe loaders have an odd shape that makes transporting them challenging.

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According to the A-1 Auto Transport shipping company, the best way to ship a backhoe loader is by using an open-air trailer, like a flatbed truck. The company hired for shipping the equipment should have licensed professionals who will secure the backhoe, making sure it will arrive safely at its destination.

Because of its rather unusual shape, there’s always a question of whether a backhoe loader would fit properly inside a container with closed trailers. While many feel they should avoid open-air shipping methods because it exposes their equipment to the outside elements, such a rain, snow, or even falling off the bed, flatbed shipment is extremely safe. The equipment should be adequately secured and covered to protect it from bad weather and other outside elements. Flatbed shipment is also often a lot cheaper than closed-containment shipping. 

When transporting very heavy pieces of machinery, it’s always better to go the professional route, according to A-1 Auto Transport. Here are some of the main reasons why:

  1. Companies have all the necessary tools

Most transport companies will recommend flatbeds to transport the backhoe loader, especially if it’s only being shipped nationally. For international shipping, transport companies can also provide closed-containment shipments to transport the equipment by sea.

  1. Companies are insured

Professional moving companies generally have insurance and will assume the liability of the goods during transport. In the event that something goes wrong and the backhoe is damaged during transport, the company’s insurance will covers the asset. “Insured” is, however, a very vague term, so construction companies should specifically ask about the terms of the coverage to be completely aware of how much the policy covers.

  1. Companies have experienced staffers

A professional moving team will have experience in transporting heavy machinery. Companies have highly-trained staff with practical knowledge in securing and carrying construction equipment.

  1. It’s more efficient

Moving a backhoe loader with a professional transportation company makes sense, avoiding the costs and challenges of renting a vehicle capable of moving such a large piece of equipment, getting the right tools to secure it, hiring a driver, and covering all the costs in case something goes wrong.

According to A-1 Auto Transport, there are a few key considerations in choosing a transport company, including whether they have the right experience for what is needed, whether they have the proper tools for the job, if they are insured, and whether they have the necessary credentials. Companies that handle shipment are legally required to be licensed and have a number of credentials to activate in the business. These licenses are given out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in the U.S.


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