Easily List Your Heavy Equipment in Under a Minute on Motherload
Motherload provides everything you need for a stress free experience, including legal transporters that are feedback rated as well cost savings. We offer loads to be listed with fewer steps, leading to faster transporter bids, fewer questions, and the safest marketplace for transportation experience. It’s not just easier, it’s better and more complete.
4 tips to help you save time and money when shipping heavy equipment
There are several steps to take when shipping your heavy equipment that will help make the process simpler by creating 4 tip “groups” to understand shipping heavy equipment. It takes experience and expertise to move industrial machines, bulldozers, tractors, cranes, or farm equipment — mostly due to their incredible size and weight. Heavy equipment transporters on Motherload are experts in their field, and are legal, vetted companies (no brokers) who mainly transport heavy-duty equipment.
To be ready at the pickup point, speak to your Motherload transporter beforehand once you accept the rate and make sure they have all the necessary equipment (as well as permits if required) for your transport. Set a guideline for preparing the shipment and how it should be prepared. For example, your Motherload transporter may advise you to edge protect levers within the cab of a tractor, or secure the doors of a vehicle.
1. Check the Manual
The manufacturer’s manual is the is not required but it does help with to getting your machinery ready. If you do not have a manual, you may find it on manufacturer’s website. This manual may instruct you to take certain shipping measures, such as disconnecting batteries, emptying engine fluids, or securing loose parts.
2. Obtain the Necessary Permits
State and Federal Authorities have specific guidelines for securing and transporting heavy equipment. Oversized and overweight loads will require special permits to be transported on the road as well as pilot cars (front and/or trailing). Keep in mind that your equipment loaded on a trailer may be too tall to go under wired utilities, bridges, or travel certain roads due to widths or weight. Your transporter will have bid with those costs included.
3. Covering Exposed Parts
Remember that your heavy haul shipment will most likely be transported in the open air versus enclosed in a dry van. Be sure to wrap and cover any exposed electronics or parts that could be damaged by the elements. If you are shipping in the winter or below freezing temperatures, prepare against damage to tanks and hydraulic/fuel lines due to cold and freezing temperature. If you are shipping in extreme temperatures, you may need to drain fluids or lower tire pressures.
4. Be Prepared for Pickup and Drop-off
You will need an area at the pickup and drop-off points large enough for the trailer to navigate as well as to load and unload your equipment. There may also be added equipment necessary for loading and unloading, such as loading docks, ramps, or cranes that should have been discussed prior to accepting a transporters bid. We do allow the ability to chat with a transporter anonymously.
Before picking up or dropping off equipment from buyer and seller, view the equipment delivery and pick up information on the shipment details page on Motherload. Each shipment’s delivery and pickup information page is unique to each auction site and you should already know the below information prior to accepting a Motherload transporter.
- Hours of operation
- Truck entrance location
- Contact information
- Loading area/loading ramp dimensions and capacity (if required)
- Loading/unloading policies
- General auction site policies
- Delivery procedures
- Removal procedures