Shipping heavy items of this size will prove to be more challenging, but with the help of FreightCenter is it will almost seem effortless. It’s likely that hauling a load of this size and weight will require using a carrier that specializes in large equipment. Lucky for you, FreightCenter works with hundreds of vetted carriers that can provide you with the perfect shipping solution for your needs, no matter the size!
Depends. How big are we talking? If you’re shipping machinery like an engine, it won’t take up an entire trailer and you’re better off choosing LTL. If you’re shipping something like 3 commercial lawn mowers though, you enter the arena where you may want to consider choosing TL. Any time your freight weighs more than 15,000 pounds or if you are shipping more than 10 pallets worth of goods, it makes sense to ship truckload. Consult with an agent when getting your free, instant freight quote to determine which option is right for you.
It really depends on just how big the item is. Some things like an engine or transmission are small enough to package for protection. Other items such as a CNC machine are too large to package and may require dedicated truckload services to ensure the safety of the item.
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There are a few different types of trucks that have varying characteristics. Depending on what type of item you’re trying to ship, one type of truck will be more suitable than another.
A commonly used truck with an enclosed trailer that protects freight from the harmful elements of weather or the road. Not ideal for tall items that would exceed the dimensions of the trailer.
An extremely popular option known for its versatility. Items can be loaded on, although you should keep in mind that the flatbed height is 8.5 feet. Any heavy item loaded onto the flatbed will require a form of assistance, often through the usage of a lift gate. Items will be covered with a tarp to prevent weather from compromising the freight.
A great option to haul taller freight that typically cannot be hauled on a flatbed due to legal height limitations. In addition, items do not have to be lifted as high to get onto the trailer, therefore it’s an easier loading process. Similar to a flatbed trailer, items will be covered with a tarp to offer protection from the weather.
Arguably the most essential step of the entire shipping process. Obtaining accurate measurements for your oversized load can save you time and money. Miscalculating the weight for items of this size can result in hefty monetary consequences that can surely be avoided by ensuring you measure everything properly the first time.
Tips on measuring properly
Due to the nature of these oversized items, certain modes of transportation are by default not efficient choices