a man in front of a transport trailerTransporting heavy equipment is not easy. Tractors, bulldozers, and other farm equipment are not ideal for long distances. Traditional tractor treads were not meant to run over 1,500 km. Tractor treads for loose earth are not even supposed to run on highways. Getting a tractor from one point to another requires a transporter trailer. Typically, these trailers have ramps and a small flatbed. Also, the tractor needs to be strapped so that it does not move.

Safety First

Transporting heavy equipment is easy with a low loader trailer. It’s like carrying any other cargo or container. Depending on the weight of the heavy equipment, the semi-trailer can reach the speed limit. Although with a full load, the semi needs to take extra care on the highway and run slower than what the traffic allows.

There are safety considerations when transporting heavy equipment. These include verifying that the transport does not exceed gross weight specifications. Here are ten essential reminders:

1. Follow the loading guidelines specific to the machinery.

2. Observe the proper balance of the equipment on the loader transport.

3. Ensure the proper tire pressure for the equipment.

4. Follow proper lighting and signage.

5. Remove any excess dirt that might fall on the highway.

6. Using chain tie-downs is recommended.

7. Use wedges, chocks, and cradles to prevent the wheels from moving.

8. Movable parts should be lowered to the loader bed.

9. Ensure that the vehicle weight does not exceed highway height limits.

10. Follow tie-down safety instructions. These should be as close to the front or rear of the equipment.

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Transporting heavy equipment is a procedure with many safety considerations. Ensure that your permits are approved before moving large equipment.