The job is finished, and you’ve got your machinery on the flatbed. Everything is safe and secure and you’re ready to head to the next job site. Before you head out, there are a few things to consider. Here’s what you need to do to prepare heavy equipment for moving.
First, plan your trip. Because of the sheer size and weight of these machines, permits might be needed and certain roads avoided due to weight limits. Some streets and bridges will need to be avoided completely. If your load is considered oversized, additional permits might be needed depending on the route you choose to take.
Once again, securing the machine is going to be very important when moving it. Any moving pieces should be secured and strapped, and any pieces that are removable should be taken off to avoid them being lost. As part of the shipping process, certain flags and indicators may need to be attached to the machine as well as the trailer. Signs indicating overweight load, or wide load are among these.
Once the machine arrives at its destination, the job isn’t quite done yet. Preparing the new location to receive the machine is just as important as the rest of the steps. Clearing space for the machine and truck to arrive, and unload is going to make the process easier. Most job sites run under strict deadlines. Not being prepared can put a whole project in flux.
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