Are you looking at shipping an excavator? They come in a lot of different shapes and sizes, but most all of them will have a tall arm to move dirt and other debris as well as a cab and tracks instead of wheels.

This makes them really useful in construction and landscaping, but it also classifies an excavator as heavy equipment. This can make shipping an excavator a lot more difficult.

How companies go about shipping an excavator

If you’re looking at transporting an excavator, you’re going to need the dimensions of it on-hand when you start getting quotes. This can impact what kind of flatbed hauler will ship it, whether it’s a standard flatbed or a lowboy.

A standard flatbed sits a bit taller than a lowboy and typically handles smaller oversize vehicles. A lowboy is a flatbed truck that’s built to handle really long, tall or heavy equipment. You’ve more than likely seen them before – they’re common when shipping heavy equipment.

So when you’re shipping an excavator you need to be aware of its size. But they’ll all be shipped pretty much the same way. The carrier will position it onto the truck, secure it, and make sure everything is good to go before they drive away with it.

Note that flatbeds and lowboys are much more expensive to ship with due to the lack of demand for heavy equipment shipping services. They may also take longer to find, too.

What to expect when shipping an excavator

Really, aside from longer wait times for pickup and transit, and higher prices, getting an excavator shipped won’t be much different than any other vehicle.

Like we said, the most important thing to do is convey the size of your excavator accurately. Whether the excavator is small or large, it won’t be able to fit on a standard auto transport truck, and finding the right flatbed carrier will do wonders for your price and carrier availability. Speak to an agent to learn more.

Get a free quote for shipping an excavator with American Auto Shipping

If you are interested in shipping an excavator, make sure to fill out our free quote request form. It won’t take more than a minute and will net you a free quote to ship your excavator with American Auto Shipping. We understand what it takes to get an excavator shipped, and will help you no matter what. If you have questions or concerns, you can always contact one of our own agents any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417.

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