A crawler tractor is any type of heavy machinery that moves using a track instead of moving on wheels. Generally these are referred to as bulldozers. Shipping anything that moves can be difficult, but tracks can present their own unique set of challenges when you have to ship bulldozers.
Steps above and beyond those used to ship things on wheels need to be taken. It is important to ensure that there is no damage to your equipment or to the shipping method you chose to employ.
Once your equipment is properly prepared, choose a company like Cratex Group to assist you with packaging and selecting the right shipping method.
Step One – Gather Knowledge
Before finding a carrier for your shipping, you will need to know some basic info about your bulldozer. Find out the rough dimensions and weight of your equipment. You will need to know if your bulldozer can be compacted in any way, such as removing detachable parts or folding parts in on themselves. It may be possible to ship your equipment in a container instead of on a flatbed.
Step Two – Choose a Knowledgeable Carrier
Choosing a carrier with experience in handling this type of equipment is the first step. The carrier will need the basic info you gathered above, as well as any additional equipment that might be shipping along with your bulldozer.
Based on this initial info, your carrier will be able to suggest to you what method will be best for shipping your equipment as well as any special permits or considerations that might be required.
Step Three – Prepare your Equipment
There are several things you need to do to prepare your equipment for packing and shipment:
- Ensure your equipment is free of dirt and debris. Make it as clean as you possibly can to prevent any corrosion during shipping.
- Remove all detachable parts. This could include crew cabs, blades, baskets or other items. These should all be shipped along with your bulldozer, but not be attached as they may come loose during shipping and cause damage.
- Drain all of the fluids from your bulldozer including coolant and hydraulics. Leaks can cause damage to your equipment or be a violation of chemical hazard laws in some countries.
- Disconnect and remove batteries.
Step Four –Transport your Bulldozer for Packaging and Loading
Once your bulldozer has been prepared, it needs to be packaged (if it can be) and loaded onto your carrier. Packing could include loading into a shipping container or being shrink wrapped if it is being transported via flat bed.
Industrial packing and loading of heavy equipment is one of the areas Cratex Group specializes in. Contact us today with your bulldozer shipping needs!