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The implementation of LTL shipping has differed over the years as companies have looked for various opportunities to defeat the countless challenges that come with transportation. An LTL transport carrier is one that integrates and transports small freight shipments while still using a variety of stops and terminals. There has been a tremendous amount of growth in the trucking industry and this can be attributed to the addition of more jobs, manufacturing, reduction in taxes, and a reduction in regulations.

With a major growth in the e-commerce industry, LTL transportation has become the main choice for the companies that want to meet the demands of their consumers while transforming their shipping methods. Retailers are utilizing various LTL shipping methods to successfully transport transitional inventory for delivery to the stores or to warehouses and distribution centers. Store imports are anticipated to increase for the remainder of this year.

Pricing for LTL shipments can be challenging to determine because every carrier will have their own price. Some LTL carriers may set their price based on the weight for the shipment and other may base their prices based on a variety of things, including freight classifications. As more companies begin to turn to LTL shipping and as the cost of fuel continues to rise, the rate of shipping will be reflected. When you are trying to determine if LTL is the perfect option for you, you should make sure you have a full and clear understanding of how the transportation service calculates its rate.

The LTL industry has and will continue to provide their shippers with a transportation service that will fulfill their needs while allowing them to ship items to the most intricate locations. When you have the right transportation partner, you will be able to finally obtain the flexibility you need to be successful.

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So you have managed to win a prized piece of equipment at an auction and you were also able to save a great deal of money in the process. All of that is well and good but now that the item needs to be transported to its next destination, it is time to consider all of the following tips and pointers.

These are the best ways to ensure proper transportation once it comes time to handle this step…

Examine The Fine Print

Once you are meeting with transporters, it is important to take a moment to read the fine print. The coverage details are going to play a major role in this decision and you need to be sure that the equipment is going to remain intact while it is in transport. Choosing a carrier the pledges to provide the proper coverage when it comes to potential damages and losses is the only way to go in these scenarios.

Offering The Proper Information

When heavy equipment is being shipped from an auction to a new location, there is certain information that needs to be offered up immediately. The lot number of the equipment purchased and the buyer number under which it was purchased are key pieces of information that cannot be left out. The VIN number must also be included. The carrier will need to know if the equipment is able to be towed, if it starts and if it can be driven from place to place.

Double Check All Paperwork

You would be surprised at how many shipping snafus take place because the person does not take the time to read over all of the paperwork. Does the transporter have access to the aforementioned information? Do they have the proper address? Making assumptions is never wise, so take the time to go over everything twice and ask as many questions as necessary.

If you have any further questions about the best ways to transport equipment that was won at an auction, take time out to contact Great Western Transportation so that we can provide the necessary assistance!

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Shipping construction equipment is not nearly as simple as it looks. It is a process that requires a certain amount of knowledge and experience. There also certain pitfalls and challenges that are bound to crop up along the way. The following is a guide to overcoming these challenges going forward.

Packing Related Mishaps

Before the service that is responsible for assisting with the shipping process arrives, the parties who are looking to ship their construction equipment should take all of the proper steps to ensure that the packing is done properly. Is the equipment protected from the elements? Is the packaging going to ensure the structural integrity of the items in question? Do the necessary research before it is too late so that avoidable problems do not occur.

Choosing The Right Carrier

This is a key step in the process. The carrier that is chosen should have the correct specializations to cater to the needs of the customer in question. Ask the right questions when meeting with carriers. Have they handled tasks like this one in the past? Are they experienced as far as the specific hauling needs of the construction company are concerned? Don’t choose a carrier without expert agents that can offer the right answers to these questions.

Purchasing Insurance

Shipping construction equipment requires the purchase of insurance and this should go without saying. But is it the right insurance? Will it cover every eventuality that could potentially take place? Does it address the specific concerns associated with this particular shipping endeavor? Knowing the ins and outs of what the policy covers is very important.

If you need further assistance when it comes to overcoming the challenges of shipping construction equipment, be sure to contact Great Western Transportation. We are here to assist you in all aspects of this endeavor.

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Moving heavy machinery or equipment requires skill, knowledge, and experience. Additionally, you also need to take necessary precaution to guard against the risks of causing accidents while in transit when transporting heavy construction or manufacturing equipment. Failure to adhere to set standards regarding securing heavy loads among other things makes you liable to an offense. Additionally, you put the lives of other road users at risk if you do not observe the rules of transporting heavy machinery.

Therefore, observing best practices when moving heavy machinery is critical for safe delivery of such equipment from one point to the next. Here are some of the aspects you need to consider to get to your destination safely when transporting heavy machinery.

Proper Securing of Accessories It is not prudent to move construction equipment without securing every accessory of the machine you are transporting. Therefore, ensure that you lower all heavy equipment accessories on the vehicle you are using and tie each of these tightly. If you are moving heavy machinery with locking pins on some of the accessories you do not need to use additional securing devices. You only need to ensure that the tie downs are holding the heavy equipment firmly in place on the vehicle.

Choose The Right Transportation Vehicle As you prepare to move heavy machinery, it is necessary to identify the right vehicle for the type and size of load you want to transport. The critical considerations when selecting a truck to move heavy machinery include the height and width of the truck.

By opting for a heavy hauling vehicle with the right width and height, you will understand the distance you need to maintain between the truck and other motorists. You will also have a better understanding of the correct height depending on the overhead bridges you expect to find along the way when you choose the right vehicle.

Adherence to Inspection Requirements When moving manufacturing machinery from one destination to another, the expectation is that you will encounter checkpoints at particular locations on the way. Heavy vehicles go through checkpoints to verify their compliance with the set rules and regulations regarding moving heavy machinery. As such, you should comply with all the requirements of transporting heavy equipment for your safety and that of other road users.

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Is your construction company shipping equipment across the country for a job? Perhaps your business is selling construction equipment and needs to get it to an auction location for sale. No matter what the reason, Great Western Transportation can help ship construction equipment across the U.S and Canada.

We are accustomed to dealing with all of the nuances of moving heavy, large, and unusually sized equipment. Many pieces of construction equipment are hauled with a heavy haul trucking service. This involves using special trucks and trailers which match the size of the equipment being moved.

Excavators, bulldozers, graders, front loaders, and more—we can move them all. There are several ways we use our expertise to make this transport as easy as possible. One way is that we know if we need to take special routes to avoid roads and bridges that have weight limits. We will plot our course based on the weight and size of the equipment. We also know if we will need special permits from government agencies or municipalities to make the trip.

If you schedule a transport with a less experienced shipping company, you could run into problems with routes and permits. But our drivers are experts at moving challenging loads. Oversized and overweight shipments are not intimidating to our experts.

Some construction equipment doesn’t require heavy haul shipping can simply be loaded onto a regular flatbed trailer for shipping. Flatbed shipments can be made as less-than-truckload (LTL) and full truckload (FTL) depending on how much construction equipment you need to move.

If you have construction equipment to transport and want to make sure it is done safely and efficiently, please contact us today at Great Western Transportation. No matter the size, weight, or shape of the shipment, we are experienced and ready to make the shipment so you are ready for that next job.

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How many things can you think of that remain constant? We cannot think of anything, except for change. As technology continues to drive us, we are still facing a variety of issues just as we did years ago.

After you make the winning bid on the equipment you wanted, you will still have a variety of things to address. One of the most important things you will need to address is your transportation method. You will also need to address other concerns, such as purchase contracts, weather, and the delivery deadline. Yes, those were the same problems people had many years ago before technology became a major part of our lives.

However, there are various things you can do to ensure you are able to safely transport the equipment you bought at an auction.

Know The Dimensions Of Your Winning Item

You are going to need to find a transportation service you will be able to trust because you will need your equipment to be delivered safely and promptly, right? However, before you find a transportation service you will need to know the correct equipment dimensions because you will need to find a transportation service that can haul your equipment. You do not want to assume that your equipment will fit, only to be disappointed when the transportation service arrives. The best thing you should do is measure the equipment so you can get the right details.

Make Sure Someone Will Be Available For Delivery

When you hire a transportation service to deliver equipment, you will have to do your part and make sure someone is available when the delivery date arrives. Communication is very important in every industry, and the trucking industry is no exception. When you share contact information with a transportation service, you should make sure all the contact information and arrangements are correct. You do not want the transportation service to arrive at your location and no one is there.

There are various ways for you to find a reliable and trusted equipment transportation service. You will want to do your due diligence because you will want to find a transportation service that has the capability and expertise to transport the most complicated loads.

Congratulations on getting the equipment you wanted! Now it is time to get that beautiful piece of equipment delivered to your desired location.

The post You Won The Auction: Transporting Equipment Bought at an Auction appeared first on Great Western Transportation.

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We all love technology, right? One of the ways technology is used today is in the dating world. Today, many people are creating online profiles to help them find that special person they have been searching for to share their life with. As people start to date online, it will become difficult for them to keep up with all the profile views, private messages, meet-ups, etc. When does the person know when the time is right to settle on one person and move forward?

We know what you are thinking, what does online dating have to do with the trucking industry? Companies can go online to search for profiles of LTL trucking companies, search for rates, and look for quick responses. When it is your turn to search for an LTL trucking transportation service, we want to help you find the right partner who will be worthy of your time and attention.

What Is In Their Online Profile?

One of the most important things you should make sure you do is accurately view the transportation service’s online profile. It can be easy to skim over a profile, especially when you are not sure what you should actually be looking for. You should search for information about the rates, accessorial charges, height requirements, storage requirements, etc. The transportation service you are considering should provide this information and more so you can get to know the real them.

Where Do They Work?

Many people who are online dating do not provide information about where they live because they want to protect their safety and their privacy. One of the best ways to learn about the transportation service you are considering is to gain an understanding of the type of environment they operate in. Visiting an LTL trucking’s warehouse will give you an understanding of how they operate. You will be able to analyze their capabilities and their level of production.

What Do Others Have To Say?

You can learn quite a bit about a person when you talk to other people who know them better than you do. In the case of a transportation service, you can talk to some of their previous customers and clients so you will be able to validate the feelings you have towards the transportation service.

After you have gathered all this great information and you have decided to stick with one transportation service, it is important that you remain faithful and committed. One of the best ways to have a strong relationship is to communicate with one another. Communication will give you the best chance to remain competitive in your industry. Are you ready for a commitment?

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In the latest heavy haul trucking industry news, Tesla Motors revealed their plans to launch electric-powered semi trucks in 2019. The founder of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, revealed more specific information about their upcoming line of innovative trucks recently at a press conference.

The new Tesla Semi truck will be able to haul 80,000 pounds up to 300 or 500 miles at 60 mph. Besides that impressive feet, the truck only needs thirty minutes or less to fully recharge. A fully loaded electric semi can also go from zero to 60 mph in 20 seconds.

According to Musk, the semi truck will consume less than 2 kWh per mile. The semi operates with four independent motors on its rear axles. Drivers can monitor the truck’s safety features, including its automatic emergency braking features and lane departure warnings, using the touch screen inside the cab. These safety features can make it easier for truck drivers to safely navigate the road while hauling goods. Musk also revealed that the company designed the semi truck with built-in accommodations that will make it easier for truck owners to use autonomous driving in the future.

Industry insiders believe truck owners and operators may decide to invest in electric trucks and add them to their commercial fleets so they can enjoy lower fueling and maintenance expenses. Electric trucks can help offset the costs of rising labor costs.

However, critics still doubt the conversion from diesel trucks to electric ones will happen overnight in the commercial trucking sector. They are also cautious about the overall torque and hauling capacity of electric trucks. Tesla Motors is not the only automotive company focusing on building electric vehicles. Their announcement comes on the heels of other large automotive and technology companies announcing their plans to start manufacturing electric trucks so there will be more electric vehicle options.

The post Heavy Haul Trucking News: Tesla Unveils Electric-Powered Semis appeared first on Great Western Transportation.

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With so many goods being loaded and unloaded, constant movement of freight and logistics to delve into, the trucking industry is a busy, 24/7 operation with many situations and challenges to adhere to. One of those challenges arise when a customer has their own loaded trailer of time sensitive cargo, but no truck or professional driver to move it anywhere. What happens then?

Power Only Trucking

In this case, Power Only Trucking is the necessary answer. Power Only Trucking is when a truck and professionally trained driver are hired to transport your products and trailer to it’s required destination. No need to worry about doing it yourself. A certified pro has you covered.

Does Great Western Transportation provide Power Only Trucking?

Absolutely! Take it from our satisfied customers:

“Great Western transported my trailer with excellent service”

With an affordable and practical method of delivering your cargo in a timely, and safe fashion, Great Western Transportation provides power only trucking throughout the continental United States and Canada, offering:

  • Pulls for most any kind of trailer; flatbeds, chassis, exhibition trailers, special event trailers
  • Specialize in heavy and overhaul transport
  • One way or round trip transport
  • Trucks that come with a sliding 5th wheel to accommodate your trailer’s configuration

And more!

Big or small businesses, Great Western Transportation services it all. We’ve worked with various businesses ranging from medical, entertainment, machinery and others.

With over 100 years experience in the trucking industry, take your worries away by contacting Great Western Transportation. Please contact us to get started, or for your free power trucking quote.

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Size and Weight Ranges

When people think about the obstacles related to the process of transporting heavy machinery, they might immediately wonder how large the machinery has to be in order to qualify as heavy in the first place. The majority of the equipment used in the fields of manufacturing and construction will probably be heavy in an objective sense.

It is possible that companies will run into problems when they’re trying to ship equipment that is very heavy. However, this usually won’t be an issue if the shipment will weigh significantly less than 46,000 pounds. Still, this should give organizations an idea of some of the weight ranges involved with this process.

Dimensions and Shipments

When it comes to transporting some pieces of heavy machinery, the weight might not necessarily be the issue. It’s possible that people will have to worry about the width of the load, or even the height. Heavy machinery is often wide and tall, which can make the shipping process more complicated.

If the width of the equipment is less than eight feet six inches, the people involved usually won’t have to worry about facing additional challenges when they ship it. Permits will be required when the shipment is over eight feet six inches, which can complicated things with which state it will be going through.

Equipment that is more than eight feet tall might also be difficult to transport, which is also something that the people involved should consider. Construction equipment that is this tall might also be wide or heavy.

Increasingly Complicated Processes

It’s clear that transporting machinery does get more and more difficult the heavier it gets. Organizations will even have to cope with new regulations once their shipment passes into a particular size range.

However, there aren’t always a lot of effective alternatives for many companies, and it is possible for this overall process to proceed in a smooth manner. Working with an experienced company like Great Western Transportation should help the organizations that need to ship heavy machinery, regardless of whether or not the shipping process will be complicated.

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