If you are moving your construction business to another location or otherwise need to move a large crane, you could be concerned about the transporting process. Hiring a good company that offers heavy machinery moving services will help you get your crane moved without many worries, but preparing your equipment properly first is still important. Luckily, following these steps will help you prepare your crane for transport.
1. Remove All Detachable Parts
You should be able to remove many of the parts from your crane before transport, such as the arm and bucket. Removing these parts will help your crane fit properly when being towed and will also help prevent damage to these more fragile parts. You may need to use a smaller crane to help with the removal of these parts, but you can rent a crane for a day if necessary to complete the job. You may also be able to hire the equipment transport company to do it for you; just mention when you make your appointment that you don't have the necessary equipment to disassemble your crane.
2. Clean It Up
It's a good idea to clean your crane off before transporting it. This will help prevent it from getting the truck or trailer dirty, will make transporting a cleaner job for everyone who is involved and will help ensure that your crane is ready for use when it arrives at its destination.
3. Perform Routine Maintenance
Now is a good time to perform routine maintenance on your crane, such as changing the oil and adding lubricant to the working parts. This will help cut down on wear and tear during the transporting process and will help keep your crane in good condition.
4. Protect It From Scratches
If your crane has been through a lot of wear and tear, you might not be too concerned about this step. If the crane still has a good paint job and is in good aesthetic condition, it can be smart to cover painted surfaces with plastic sheeting to help prevent scratches, dents and other damage.
5. Document Your Crane's Current Condition
Take pictures of your crane, and write down any damage that it might already have. Then, have a representative from the equipment hauling company go over the list with you. Then, if your crane sustains any added damage while being transported, you can file a claim.
As you can see, there are a few steps that you can take to help prepare your crane for transport. By following these steps, you can relax in knowing that your crane is being towed in the best condition possible.