Rigging equipment comes in all sizes for any construction, lifting and infrastructure projects. Sometimes specialized heavy haul equipment is necessary for specific tasks or customized projects that involve excessive size or weight. Here's a deeper look at what these machines are and what they are used for.
Types of Specialized Heavy Haul Machines
- Multi-axle trailers
- Stretch trailers
- Dolly transporters
- Single-drop or double-drop trailers
- 400 ton platform trailers
Industries that frequently need specialized heavy haul equipment include the military, industrial manufacturing, power plants, and construction. Large vehicles are necessary to move equipment such as generators, engines, turbines and transformers. Custom fabricators often require heavy haul equipment to move structures or machines that can weigh as much as 1,800 tons. New bridges, for example, are sometimes built at a manufacturing facility before transport to their final destination.
Moving Heavy Haul Superloads
If you need to transport several tons of equipment across the a long distance, you will need specialized heavy haul equipment. You will also need deep knowledge of rigging, as well as familiarity with relevant Department of Transportation regulations. Some massive transport tasks include moving mobile homes or aerospace equipment.
Other massive transport tasks include superloads. The engineering industry defines a superload as a live load of a particular size, and each state has its own specific defining measurements. In Washington, for example, a superload is a vehicle or combination with a load length of 125 feet or 100 tons that exceeds 16 feet in width and height. In California, however, a superload is a vehicle or combination over 135 feet in length, over 17 feet in width, over 18 feet tall and over 40 tons. There are also specific exceptions to these general state-wide rules.
If you need to transport a superload through various states, you must research the rules for heavy hauling trips for each state involved. These include permitted travel times, as some states restrict superload transport to specific time frames that avoid rush hour traffic in congested areas.
The specialized heavy haul industry is a fascinating one, with unique equipment designed to move items that are too big or heavy for conventional rigging equipment. Using the proper heavy haul equipment is imperative in order to comply with federal, state, and local safety regulations, and to complete your transport jobs correctly and on time.
For more information about specialized heavy haul equipment, contact Southwest Industrial Rigging at 602.256.7161.