Preparing Agricultural Equipment For A Move

If you own a few parcels of farmland and you need to move some of your agricultural equipment from one piece of property to another, using a hauling service that specializes in equipment transportation can be a huge help relocating these items. When moving expensive agricultural machinery, you will want to do whatever possible to ensure it arrives to its destination the same way it was loaded onto the truck, while being transported without risk of injury to those on the roadway. Here are some tips to follow when preparing your agricultural equipment to be moved to another location.

Disconnect And Drain

It is best to remove all liquids used within a piece of equipment, including gas and oil, to avoid any slick areas from forming on the truck bed during transport. This will also lighten the load a bit, helping to keep your equipment within weight limits. If your farm equipment uses a battery to run, disconnect it before it is lifted onto the truck for transport. This will help lessen the chance of sparking or a fire while your equipment is in transit.

Take Some Photos

Before your equipment is placed on a hauler to be brought to another area, it is a good idea to take photographs of the machinery from each angle. The transportation company will most likely have you sign a waiver listing all the blemishes on your equipment so if it shows up to the destination farm with additional dings or scratches, the company will be responsible for repairing or reimbursing you for any damage. This also protects the hauler as they will list every blemish noticeable so they do not need to pay you for damage that was already present. Keeping photos of your own will help prove any new damage that occurs. Consider washing down your equipment before taking photos so you will see existing damaged areas easier.

Cover And Secure

Since your equipment will be moving along highways with other drivers passing and following the equipment hauler, you will want to cover your agricultural equipment to help keep it clean and free from damage from rocks or inclement weather. Before covering, remove any loose parts from the equipment and have them transported in a container inside the cab of the vehicle. This will help keep other motorists safe from pieces flying off of the equipment while it is moving. 

Use large tarps to cover your equipment and secure them around the vehicle using rope or heavy-duty chain. Your equipment hauling operator will be able to assist you with practical advice with the best way to secure covers over the equipment once it is lifted onto the hauler.