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What You Need to Know About Heavy Equipment Hauling

What You Need to Know About Heavy Equipment Hauling

When you need to haul heavy equipment, it is no small task. You require knowledgeable operators and specialized equipment. Keeping safety a top priority is critical. Operators must load, secure, transport the load efficiently and comply with local regulations.

Team Pro-Tow specializes in crane lift services, heavy-duty towing, heavy equipment recovery and heavy equipment hauling. You’ve got it covered if you need something heavy lifted, loaded, and moved.

What is Considered “Heavy?”

Heavy equipment is typically something that weighs over 5,000 pounds. For example, it could be an excavator, tractor, or other heavy construction equipment. When loads are heavier than this, like 10,000 pounds or more, the operator must have specific certification and training to do the job. For example, they must know how to distribute the weight properly and safely secure the load for transport. Without the proper know-how, safety can be an issue.

Following Regulations

The load’s weight, size and dimensions will determine which Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations you’ll need to follow for heavy equipment hauling. In addition, oversized equipment or cargo sometimes needs a permit for transportation, depending on the state you’re registered in and traveling through. These are things Team Pro-Tow can help you determine when we perform heavy equipment recovery or hauling.

Double (Triple) Check

When a massive load or a piece of heavy equipment is on a flatbed trailer, we double and triple-check to ensure it is secured properly. We check anchor points, rigging and securing anything that might become loose during transport. It must be loaded and secured and compliant with DOT regulations.

Choose the Best for Heavy Equipment Recovery

If you need something big moved out of an awkward spot or transported to another site, choose Pro-Tow for heavy equipment hauling. We have extensive experience, trained and certified operators, and crane-style wreckers to get the equipment on the trailer. We can handle semi-tractors, loaded trailers, construction equipment, heavy machinery, and more.
If it’s big and heavy, and you need it moved, call Team Pro-Tow!

Be sure to check out our other incident reports on our Recovery Blog!

If you require truck accident recovery, give Pro-tow 24-Hour Towing a call.

Equipment Recovery: Untipping a Tipped Excavator

Equipment Recovery: Untipping a Tipped Excavator

On March 23, 2021, a brand new excavator hit a bridge, rolled over, and required heavy equipment recovery. Team Pro-Tow used our heavy-duty crane-style wrecker to lift the excavator back on solid ground.

Our skilled operators are trained in a range of rigging techniques to properly perform a crane lift on equipment and objects of all shapes, sizes, and weights. Fortunately, we lifted this excavator without causing further damage to the machine.

How To Prevent an Excavator from Tipping

Operator error and lack of planning is the leading cause of tipping excavators and needing heavy equipment recovery. You should always ensure it’s on solid, flat, and dry ground when operating. Check manufacturer guidelines for safe operating ratios if you must work on a slope. Even if you know your machine, a stump or rock could cause it to lose footing and slide. Likewise, if the edge of the excavator catches a point or base of a slope, it probably will tip over.

When driving, pay attention to the direction of travel. Most excavators allow the cab to rotate 360 degrees, but the tracks always go in the same direction regardless of how the driver is facing. It would be best if the operator is always facing forward. Otherwise, you might move the machine in the wrong direction and get the equipment in a precarious position.

Never overload the excavator when lifting, primarily if operating a mini excavator. Always read the manufacturer’s manual for lifting specifications.

Heavy Equipment Recovery

Team Pro-Tow offers extensive crane lift services that can get you and your equipment out of a pickle! We understand that accidents happen and will work hard to get your machinery upright and back to work as quickly as possible. We are available 24-hours a day for emergency crane lift services. We can also help move large, heavy objects in all shapes and sizes whenever you need us.

Our operators comply with health and safety standards and are highly trained to operate equipment and find solutions for lifting heavy machinery and equipment in challenging situations. Learn more about our crane services.

24/7 Heavy Truck & Equipment Recovery Services

Pro-Tow offers round-the-clock emergency towing services. While many of our recoveries involve semi-trucks and other heavy trucks, equipment recovery is also a service we offer. We once helped lift a military tank to change a flat tire! If you need something heavy lifted and moved, we can help. Learn more about Pro-Tow services.

Be sure to check out our other incident reports on our Recovery Blog!

If you require truck accident recovery, give Pro-tow 24-Hour Towing a call.