Tips For Transporting Machinery


Hiring machinery is a cost-effective way to execute construction projects. Whether you’re looking at dozer hire, excavator hire, bobcat hire or anything in between, it’s important to understand the best way to transport your hired machinery from A to B. Because construction equipment is so heavy and large, moving it can seem like a daunting task. But do not fret - there are a number of options for effectively transporting and shipping equipment!

Check out iSeekplant’s comprehensive guide on the best way to transport equipment below, and make an informed decision on how you move your newly-hired equipment!

Always secure your load.

This first tip may sound obvious, but ensuring your plant is tightly secured is critical when you’re transporting it. It’s very important to double-check the security of the equipment - unless you’re a fan of throwing your money away - the last thing you need while moving an excavator is for it to come loose during transport. It’s incredibly dangerous to be driving with a machine that isn’t tied down because it could also injure one of your workers or pedestrians passing the vehicle. Some types of traffic and weather will require you to secure the machine even tighter than you normally would, too.

Flatbed Trailers are widely used in Australia.

If you’ve hired a machine before, it’s likely that it’s arrived on a flatbed trailer. Flatbed trailers are incredibly common in Australia and can easily be sourced, even in regional areas. Most flatbed trailers are able to carry dozens of tonnes, but it’s important to know how much your machine weighs and how much weight the flatbed can take before you load it up.


Flatbed trailers are very easy to load and unload. They come in a range of different sizes, so whether you’re looking at hiring a big machine or a small one, they’re probably going to be able to transport it. The versatility of flatbed trailers is what makes them so appealing to plant hire companies around Australia.

Towing your machinery is a reliable option.

If you’re only looking to transport your equipment a short distance, towing may be a cost-effective option. It’s important to ensure the vehicle you’re looking to tow is capable of actually being towed and has all the necessary accessories to do so. For example, you might need to have the tyre pressure checked on the towing vehicle to make sure they’re ready for the extra weight of your machine. It may also be worth looking into a towing company, as it will have a number of options for different kinds of tow trucks that are able to handle towing your machine.

Dismantle your equipment to transport it.

It isn’t always necessary to keep your equipment in one piece to transport it - in fact, some machines will arrive disassembled. You’re able to take apart equipment to ease the shipping process and strap it down to a flatbed trailer separately. Once you’ve arrived at the construction site you can reassemble it and get working! This process makes transporting oddly-shaped equipment less of a hassle because it can typically be moved on a standard trailer instead of a specialised vehicle or towing truck.


Specialised trailers are a reliable transportation option.

Hiring a specialised trailer may be necessary if you have any oversized or overly heavy equipment. Standard flatbed trailers may not be suitable if you’re transporting large machines - dozers and larger excavators are good examples. It may be worth looking into a step-deck or a double drop trailer. Although these are both categorised as flatbed trailers, they have different levels built into them so that you’re able to easily load any type of machine onto the bed of the trailer.

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