Even though you may use heavy equipment in your daily business practices, this may not always mean that you have the appropriate way to haul what you have when the job site moves to a new location. When you have to get your heavy equipment to a new location, the most logical and cost-effective solution is equipment transportation services. These companies have semi trucks, heavy haulers, and flat-bed tow trucks that are built for the difficult task. As a first-time customer, it is likely that you have several questions about equipment hauling and towing. Here are a few of the most common questions and the answers you should know to get started.
How far in advance will you have to tell the company that you need something moved?
It is best to let a company know you need something moved as far in advance as possible to make sure there will be a vehicle available to haul what you need at the right time. Trips with heavy equipment can be lengthy, which means there may not be a vehicle available right away if you call in for assistance with short notice.
How much does it generally cost to have a piece of equipment hauled?
The amount you will be charged will rely on several different factors, and therefore, a specific price is hard to determine in general. However, you should expect that the bill will reflect charges according to
- the distance of the haul,
- the weight of the equipment,
- permit fees that will be involved, and
- your location.
Will the freight be covered by the company's insurance during the haul?
While on the road or in the possession of the hauling company, their business insurance will cover your equipment. In order to qualify for this insurance coverage, you will be expected to appropriately prepare your equipment and make sure that it is generally maintained before the piece is picked up.
Will you be required to obtain permits for the heavy haul?
In most cases, if there will be permits required to travel through a specific location, the hauling company will take care of this on your behalf. No one knows better what permits are required than the people who travel the roads daily with heavy pieces. Therefore, this can make things much easier on you.
When you take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about heavy equipment towing and hauling, you will be much better equipped to handle an upcoming job site relocation. If you have additional questions about moving specific pieces, talk to a representative from an equipment transportation company.