Transporting equipment has gotten much easier within the past few decades due to the use of flatbed trucks and other vehicles that have the capacity to carry such heavy, large loads. However, in order to make sure that your equipment makes it to its destination safely, you need to make sure that it has been adequately prepared.
Otherwise, your equipment might arrive and be missing parts or otherwise damaged. Follow these three tips in order to make sure that your equipment is ready to be transported:
1. Make Sure You Have Enough Tie-downs
The first factor you need to take into consideration is if you have enough tie-downs for your equipment. A tie-down is a rope or chain that you use to secure the equipment to a platform or to the vehicle itself that is doing the transporting.
A standard rule of thumb is to have one tie-down for every item that is five feet long or less and less than 1100 pounds, two tie-downs if the object is longer than five feet and heavier than 1100 pounds, and two-tie downs for anything that is more than ten feet long, regardless of how heavy it is.
Having enough tie-downs will allow you to make sure that your equipment does not bounce around while it is being transported and be damaged.
2. Make Sure that Any Auxiliary Equipment is Secured
Many heavy construction equipment will come with several different pieces, such as different drill bits or additional levers. These might not be securely fastened to the main piece of equipment itself because they are not always in use.
When the equipment is being transported, however, you need to make sure that any loose parts have been secured. This could mean putting them all into a box and then tying it to a party of the equipment, or storing it in a box that has been mounted beneath the equipment.
3. Make Sure that Your Tie-Downs Don't Have Knots
In the case of an emergency, you might need to remove your equipment as quickly as possible. This means that you need to take off the tie-downs within a very short period of time. Knots will make this job exponentially harder. As a result, make sure that your tie-downs do not have knots and rather rely on straps or Velcro instead.
For more information, contact the company that is transporting the equipment. They will be able to tell you any additional requirements or necessary information for equipment transportation.