Factors For New Drivers To Consider Before Hauling Construction Equipment

If you are starting new job hauling heavy equipment, being prepared before you set out on the road is a good idea. While you may have driven semi-trucks and trailers in the past, you should know that hauling heavy equipment like tractors can be a bit different. Follow these tips for making sure your load is secure and ready to go before you hit the road for equipment transportation.

How You Tie Down Equipment Is Extremely Important

Many equipment haulers, especially newbies, automatically think the best place to anchor tractor equipment onto a trailer is directly by the tracks. However, if you could see how it easy it is to remove a tractor track, you might reconsider the tracks as being the safest tie down points. Avoid attaching chains to the tracks themselves, instead tying to the frames the tracks are on and be sure your tie down is angled at 45 degrees. For example, if you tie down an excavator by the tracks, the tractor could slide off during deep curves or steep inclines when the pressure of gravity pulls off the tracks, leaving only the tracks being secured instead of the tractor. Following the tractor manufacturer designated attachment points is best to avoid these kinds of accidents during hauling.

Weight Distribution Matters A Lot

Making sure that one side of a huge tractor is not too far over on your trailer is extremely important. Proper weight distribution determines the ease you will have in hauling, especially in deep curves. On most tractors, the back of the cab, directly in the middle of it, should line up exactly with the center of the trailer. One way to best gauge proper weight distribution is by making sure the bulk of the load is centered between the axles of the trailer. Also, remember to distribute the weight of the tractor evenly from the boom to the cab (front to back) as well, centering the tractor with the boom firmly secured only after you have it in the right spot.

Protecting The Equipment You Are Hauling

Never place chains or other securing devices over parts like hydraulic or brake hoses. Also, do place securing devices over hydraulic cylinders for avoiding damage to these important parts of the tractor. Covering the exhaust pipe with duct tape can help prevent debris like dust getting into it during hauling. If you use chocks or wedges for wheels, be sure to properly tie those down before starting out or they will fall off, leaving your haul vulnerable to rolling off.

Taking the time to ensure your haul is secured and ready to go is the best way to avoid serious accidents that could cause loss of life.