Looking into shipping a motor grader? Motor grader transportation services aren’t all that common, but they’re not unheard of either. A motor grader is a larger piece of heavy equipment that is used to flatten out surfaces. They are often used in road construction and are designed to be able to displace a large amount of material. This is why they’re pretty large.
How motor grader transportation works
Typically, when auto shipping companies haul heavy equipment they do so via a flatbed carrier. This is pretty standard, as a flatbed truck is really the only way to haul something that heavy. Smaller equipment can go on a typical flatbed truck – these tend to be raised and are used to haul a variety of different vehicles. Larger heavy equipment, especially something like a motor grader, is going to require a lowboy truck, which are much larger and built to handle heavier, longer and taller loads.
A motor grader is heavier, longer and taller than a lot of construction equipment out there, which can make shipping a motor grader tough. The length is the real issue, really. Motor graders have to be long in order to accurately grade a road or other surface, so they’re going to take up the majority of whatever vehicle is transporting them. And considering lowboys are often longer than standard raised flatbed trucks, a lowboy is likely going to be needed to ship a motor grader.
What to expect when shipping a motor grader
Because a motor grader is going to need a lowboy truck, it’s going to take longer to actually get your shipment dispatched and your grader picked up. This is because there aren’t near as many lowboys out there as standard car shipping carriers, so finding one – and one in your area, no less – is much more challenging. Not impossible by any means, but definitely more time-consuming. This means that your shipment will take longer than a standard vehicle shipping along the same route.
And then there’s the cost. When you transport a motor grader you have to factor in the reality that your grader will likely be the only vehicle on the back of the transport truck. So instead of multiple people covering a portion of the carrier’s total cost, it’s just you. This means that prices go up drastically, especially once you factor in the weight of the motor grader. Make sure to speak to an agent to learn more as well.