First of all, let’s explain what heavy-hauling (also known as heavy-equipment hauling) is and in what ways it is different from other types of hauling. Heavy-hauling essentially refers to a service providing transportation for large, oversized goods from one place to another. Sometimes the distances covered are nearby, like across town. In other situations, the transportation may be across continents.
The scale of the operation is what differentiates heavy-hauling from standard hauling. Generally, the objects being transported require specialized handling methods,machinery rigging, and special vehicles in order to effectively and safely move items of this size and weight.
Generally, to qualify as a heavy-haul shipment, the following specifications exist:
· Loads exceed a width of 8.6 feet, a height of 13.6 feet, and a length of 53 feet.
· Loads weigh over 80,000 pounds.
Are there practical uses of heavy-hauling?
Heavy-hauling is common in a wide variety of industries. Heavy-haulers most often transport construction equipment and materials, military equipment, industrial machinery, and fuel.
Are there different types of heavy-hauling equipment?
Our company can offer a variety of heavy machinery needed for heavy-hauling, each one is designed for a specific function. This machinery can be categorized into two primary types: loading/unloading equipment and transport equipment.
Loading/unloading equipment generally includes heavy machines such as forklifts, cranes, bulldozers, and loaders. We use all of these to lift loads on and off the trailer.
Transport equipment refers to the machines needed to travel on roads, and generally consist of flatbed trailers and tractor units. A tractor unit pulls the load forward and the load is secured to the flatbed trailer that is towed behind. Tractor units and trailers have different subtypes. Each of them is designed for a specific load type or weight capacity.
Legal considerations to consider
During the search for a professional heavy-hauler suited to your project, there are several points to consider. First and foremost, heavy-equipment hauling jobs, in Chicago as everywhere, often require permits prior to travel. Laws tend to vary between states and permits are issued based on each individual shipment. Keep in mind you will be required to get these permits often.
There are also some elements that federal laws require for each heavy-hauling trip such as installing specific safety signs, flags, and lights on vehicles used in the heavy-hauling transportation. Depending on the scope and scale of any given job, it is possible that pilot cars will be required as an added safety message to escort the heavy machinery transportation along their route. As professional machine movers in Chicago, we possess all necessary licenses (and ensure all state and federal documentation) and our drivers are incredibly experienced in their line of work.
Taking all of these points into consideration, using professional heavy-hauler services is the best plan for machinery transport in Chicago. Not only do we offer expertise, we also have all of the necessary equipment at a reasonable price in order to complete your move, whether it be within Chicago or significantly further.
We are a professional company offering heavy equipment transportation within Chicago and across the country. Our experience and expertise will ensure optimal results. Contact us now to book your machinery transport and know that you are in good hands.