An Overview of Transporting Heavy Equipment and Machinery in Western Australia

Executive Towing Services is one of Western Australia’s leading heavy equipment and machinery transport providers. Our towing and transport professionals practice safety and care with every type of machinery we transport within the state.

Heavy equipment and machinery are delicate due to their enormous size, weight, and complex internal infrastructure. If the machines get moved improperly, it could cause minor to significant damage to them. That is why hiring a professional heavy transport service provider is critical for maintaining the current condition of your heavy equipment and machinery during transit.

What Types of Heavy Machinery and Equipment Get Transported?

Construction companies and contractors regularly need to transport heavy machinery and equipment around to different worksites and storage facilities. This machinery and equipment may include industrial equipment, construction, farming, mining, and earthmoving machinery.

Let’s dive a little deeper into each category so that you can understand them better:

Earthmoving or Digging Machinery

Earthmoving machinery is designed to excavate or dig soil from the ground and move it around to different locations on a worksite. It may also be used to pick up and carry materials, objects, waste debris, rocks, and other elements that must get moved around on the worksite.

Some examples of earthmoving machinery include:

  • Excavators
  • Graders
  • Loaders
  • Backhoes
  • Bulldozers

Any large-scale construction project or land development project is bound to have some or all of these earthmoving machines on their worksites. After all, you cannot build a structure on land unless you remove the soil and prepare the foundation appropriately. These tasks require heavy use of earthmoving machinery to excavate them.

Excavators typically feature a bucket and arm connected to a cabin. Most people are familiar with them because they have enormous power for digging and moving soil and materials around a work site. However, bulldozers are much more helpful for moving around massive amounts of materials and soil on a work site. They feature a heavy-duty horizontal blade on the front of the cabin to push around debris. You can also add various attachments to a bulldozer based on the specific task needed, such as grading or clearing land debris.

Excavator on Tilt Tray Perth

 

Backhoe loaders are less known to people outside the construction industry but are still invaluable heavy-duty machines among contractors and construction workers. These machines perform critical tasks, such as excavating, digging, hauling, and material handling. The front of a backhoe loader has a mounted bucket, while the back has a mounted backhoe attachment. The backhoe attachment is used to dig deep holes and trenches.

Farming Machinery 

Farming machinery works best in the agricultural industry because the machines are made to perform agricultural and farming duties. Some examples of these machines include mowers, planters, balers, combine harvesters, and tractors. They are used to perform everyday farming tasks like planting, fertilizing, harvesting, and tilling.

People are most familiar with tractors among all the other farming machinery. This makes sense because tractors can accomplish many farming tasks like cultivating soil, ploughing fields, transporting crops, and carrying materials. You can even add other attachments to the tractors, such as backhoes and front-end loaders, to get them to do additional tasks.

Farmers use combine harvester machinery to harvest grain crops, such as soybeans, barley, oats, corn, alfalfa, and wheat. Harvesters are robust machines capable of cutting and cleaning these different grain crops. They depend on a rotating header to cut through the grain crops and a reel to align them for the threshing cylinder.

Don’t worry if you need to transport any farming equipment or machinery to or from your property because Executive Towing Services has trucks capable of handling this task. Contact us for more information about our farming machinery transport services in Perth and Western Australia.

Mining Equipment

Mining equipment refers to heavy machinery like loaders, crushers, drillers, dump trucks, and excavators. You would use this machinery to extract and transport resources and minerals from the ground, such as gold and silver. Since these resources and minerals can get pretty heavy, the mining equipment must be large and contain powerful engines to support the weight of the load being extracted and transported.

How to Plan for a Heavy Machinery Transport Job

Much preparatory and planning work goes into heavy machinery transport in Western Australia. The towing and transport company must ensure the bulky, heavy, and delicate machinery is adequately secured for a safe trip. One little mistake in the planning process could increase the risk of accidental damage inflicted upon the heavy cargo at any point during transport.

Executive Towing Services thoroughly assesses the heavy machinery before loading it onto a truck. Our professional operators evaluate the size, weight, dimensions, shape, delicacy, and other critical attributes to help us better prepare the cargo for the trip. Knowing this information allows us to determine if the road conditions and environments pose a risk to the heavy machinery and vice versa.

Full Risk Assessment

A full risk assessment is vital for identifying the potential risks to the machinery, people, and property of the surrounding environments. For example, we’re worried about something damaging the machinery and the risk of the machinery damaging property or injuring a person. That is why we consider all aspects of the trip during our full risk assessment to identify any area where some unforeseen accident could occur. We even consider the potential weather and terrain conditions of the starting point and destination.

The final part of our full risk assessment is the safety of our operators. For instance, we want our operators to use the necessary protective clothing, specialised vehicle configurations, and equipment to safely and efficiently perform the heavy machinery transportation. The last thing we would want to happen is for one of our towing or transport  operators to get hurt because they don’t utilise the proper protective clothing, vehicle configurations, or equipment.

Low Loader Transport

The results of the full risk assessment correspond with the route chosen for the heavy machinery transport requirement. Of course, an amateur company would be eager to select the fastest route to the destination, but they should consider the safest route also. After all, getting into an accident or damaging the client’s heavy machinery would lead to much bigger problems than a delay.

Executive Towing Services prioritises safe routes while still looking for fast ones. We use the full risk assessment results to help us determine the safest routes for every client’s heavy machinery transport.

What Are High-Quality Tools for Transporting Heavy Machinery?

Executive Towing Services has a complete inventory of high-quality tools, machinery, and equipment for transporting heavy machinery and equipment. We use heavy duty winches to move heavy machines onto our semi-truck trailers and tilt tray trucks because of their irregular shapes and excessive weight.

If the client’s machinery or equipment is not too heavy, we may use manual transport equipment to handle them. On the other hand, transporting heavier equipment and machinery requires us to utilize our specialized tools, such as chains, winches, lifting equipment, and straps. And if the machinery has the proper fittings and connectors built into it, we’ll use them to fasten the machinery for the trip securely.

Helpful Tips and Advice for Transporting Heavy Machinery and Equipment

Let’s review the crucial planning considerations for a heavy machinery transport job:

  • The machinery’s weight
  • The machinery’s size and dimensions
  • The destination for the transport job
  • The machinery type and level of delicacy

When preparing heavy machinery for transport, lubricate all its moving components and parts as a safety precaution. Then secure the machinery to the towing trailer or truck so it cannot move an inch.

Another thing you need to think about is the required permits. Some Australian states, such as Western Australia, don’t require permits for hauling some types of machinery like excavators. However, many other types of heavy machinery require a permit to be obtained first before transporting it across county lines.

Executive Towing Services has obtained all the necessary permits for transporting most types of heavy machinery. So if you hire us to transport your heavy machinery, you don’t have to worry about these specific legal requirements because we’ll oversee them for you. Plus, we’ll evaluate the road conditions along the chosen route to ensure it is clear enough to support the heavy machinery transport.

Cat Loader On Tilt Tray

Our towing and transport team is ready for unexpected emergencies if they arise, such as breakdowns and mechanical issues. We prepare for any common emergency with the towing vehicle. That way, we can maintain a relatively fast transport of the client’s heavy machinery without being too behind schedule.

Let us review the most critical tips for transporting heavy machinery and equipment:

1) Preparations

All the heavy machinery and equipment must get prepared for transport. Use chains or straps to fasten the load so it is secure and does not move around during transit.

Another preparation is to remove any smaller loose objects, components, attachments, or parts from the machinery and equipment. Otherwise, if these loose items get left on the load, they could fly off and hurt someone or damage property during transit.

2) Precise Lifting

Precision and care must be used to lift heavy machinery. Since the machinery is delicate and fragile, a small drop or mishandling of it could result in significant damage.

A crane is often used to lift heavy machinery because it is strong enough to lift extremely heavy machines without harm. Cranes offer all the precision you’ll need to ensure no damage or injuries occur.

3) Select the Towing Method

There are three towing or transportation methods for transporting heavy machinery. These methods include a low loader trailer, a standard truck and trailer, or a tilt tray truck.

The best choice depends on the load’s size, dimensions, type, and weight. A professional towing company like Executive Towing Services has the skills and experience to know which transportation method is best for transporting the heavy machinery or equipment.

4) Check Out the Chosen Route

Before transporting heavy machinery on the chosen route, take a test drive to check for possible obstructions or obstacles. If there are any dips, turns, or overpasses on the route, measure them to determine if the heavy machinery will fit. Choose an alternative route if a route has areas where heavy machinery cannot fit.

Some obstructions, such as fallen trees or power lines, may be removed from the road. However, no layperson should attempt to remove these obstructions independently because they could be too dangerous. Instead, the better solution is to contact the local authorities and inform them of the obstacles that need removal.

Contact Executive Towing Services

Executive Towing Services implements all the above-listed tips and more for every heavy machinery transport job in Western Australia. We take pride in the professionalism of our work and dedication to customer satisfaction. Our heavy towing specialists can transport almost any piece of heavy machinery and bring it to its final destination safely.

Use the contact form below or call us on 0410 471 056 to discuss your heavy machinery or equipment transport needs.