Heavy machinery, despite its size and heft, often has sensitive components that can become easily damaged if the machines are moved carelessly. If the thought of moving your heavy machinery and equipment long distances makes you cringe, there are ways to move your company's equipment that make you feel less uncomfortable. The following methods and the heavy machinery moving companies that offer them will make your move look like floating feathers on the breeze.
To reduce the effects of bumps in the road during ground transport, some heavy machinery moving services have suspended transport for your equipment. This places the equipment in a sort of sling that resembles a trampoline and is held up in the air over the bed of the moving truck or trailer. The sling is secured to the four corners of the trailer or truck bed and allows some slight movement but prevents any major jostling, sliding or banging around of your delicate but heavy machinery.
Wide Load Flatbed
Another option, which is generally a lot cheaper than suspended transport, is the wide load flatbed transport. If your company's machinery is a little bit wider than most trucks and trailers have room for, then you can employ a moving company that has a wide load flatbed mover. This method of transportation not only helps move really large equipment, but also helps move delicate or easily damaged equipment by moving the truck very slowly over long distances using only urban roads. The wide load flatbed method is often accompanied by a slow moving truck in the front and a blinking "WIDE LOAD" sign on the back of the truck. If your equipment is especially sensitive or potentially dangerous, a police escort may be a necessary addition through all of the cities where your company's equipment travels.
The natural buoyancy of water is most effective for transporting heavy machinery by waterway. If you have to move machinery from one coast of the U.S. to another, or move it to Alaska or Hawaii, then water transport is a far better option (since, obviously, you cannot transport by land to Hawaii and transport by land to Alaska requires international travel through Canada and extra freight fees and international fees). Water transport is slower and tends to take longer because of the fact that there is no water way that travels through the central part of the U.S. latitudinally (only longitudinally, via the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes). Click here for more information on heavy machinery moving services.