Transporting heavy equipment is serious business. Loaded incorrectly, it could pose great risk to other road users and potentially cause a serious accident during loading or unloading. Not to mention the potential damage to your equipment and some hefty financial losses.
Moving heavy equipment is an essential part of business in Australia. Many industries rely on the safe transport of machinery and equipment all around the country.
So, whether you’re transporting sea containers, site buildings, dongas, plant machinery and equipment or farming equipment, you’re going to want to make sure it is loaded and secured correctly to minimise risks, and get your gear where it needs to go.
Here are a few tips to help get your equipment ready to move:
Tip 1: Preparation
Check the service or owners manual which will tell you how to prepare the equipment, secure a moving part or tie components down.
It should also contain measurements and weights to help ensure your transport vehicle is the correct hauling capacity.
It should also tell you what to cover before transportation such as disconnecting batteries or alarm systems, or locking the wheels to prevent sliding.
Choose an open clear space for your loading area and check that the trailer and the ramp are clear of any debris such as leaves, rocks, rags, etc. Clean oil and lubricant off the ramp to prevent having a slick surface.
Tip 2: Inspection
Inspect the capacities of the truck or trailer to be used to guarantee that every part of the vehicle you’ll be using can do the job, and will not fail during transport. Here are some items you need to check on your transport vehicle:
- Tyres, including the pressure
- Lights, both at the front and back
- Brakes, heavy loads will affect the vehicle’s braking capacity, check that all brakes are in good working order
- Tie-down points, ensuring chains are connected properly
- Weight capacity, your tie down working load limits should add up to at least half the weight of your load.
Tip 3: Recruit the right team
Choose the right team. You’ll want a skilled team that is experienced in handling large loads and who will follow safety regulations down to a T.
Our team specialises in the transportation of sea containers, plant machinery and general equipment and is skilled in loading 20ft containers efficiently and smoothly using our tilt tray trucks.
Our trucks can carry 6ft, 8ft, 10ft, and 20ft sea containers up to a maximum of 10 tonnes.
Tip 4: Load and secure
United Tilt Tray Service has years of experience providing professional equipment transport services to customers in the Perth metro and regional areas, as well as throughout Western Australia.
Our team will help you ensure that your equipment is correctly tied down and secured with extra straps according to regulations. So, you can rest assured that your goods are in the best possible hands and will reach your destination safely.