Heavy haulage transport is not like any other type of transport; moving cranes and heavy-duty equipment requires special trucks and rigging and even specially trained drivers. The equipment that is being hauled is also typically more expensive and may even be more delicate or dangerous than other types of freight. If you need to have something hauled that is heavy or oversized, either to a certain jobsite or on a regular basis, you need to ensure you hire the right company. Note a few questions to ask that can help you with this process.
1. What specialized transport do they offer?
Heavy haulage may mean longer truck beds for hauling cranes with extended arms, or it may mean hauling oversized drums of hazardous materials. No matter the type of cargo, you want to ensure that they can offer specialized transport for your goods. Never allow a heavy haulage company to use a "one size fits all," or more appropriately, a "one truck fits all" approach to handling your goods, but ensure they can offer the transport, specially trained driver, and rigging needed for your goods in particular.
2. What lead time and delivery time is needed and can be expected?
Because heavy haulage means specialized trucks and drivers, such a company may only have a few available trucks for your freight. This can mean a longer lead time is needed to arrange your delivery. In addition to this, delivery itself may be longer than you realize. Larger loads may not be allowed on certain roadways or may not fit under certain bridges and overpasses, and the route taken can make delivery much slower. The transport itself may be slower, in order to protect your goods. Be sure you ask about the lead time needed to schedule your delivery and the expected delivery time so you can adjust your construction schedule or anything else accordingly.
3. Can they offer a finalized quote in writing?
Be sure that the quote you get is inclusive and final; a heavy haulage company should find out everything they need to know about your cargo before offering the quote. This means its weight, dimensions, any special handling it needs such as for hazardous materials, and all other details. As they work out the route to be taken, they should also know up front the distance that will be traveled. Be careful about a company that tries to tack on extra charges for handling, added miles, and the like when you receive your invoice.
Now that you know what questions to ask when hiring a heavy haulage company, check out a company like SC Heinrich & Co Pty Ltd.