3 Reasons to Use Professional Flatbed Trucking Services

Flatbed trucking is used for a multitude of purposes and whether you are a small business owner, construction professional, or just a homeowner with extra materials that need to be moved, you might find yourself needing a flatbed truck one day. So just what can a flatbed truck be used for? In this post, we’ll introduce you to three common reasons to use a flatbed truck.

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  1. Removing Scrap Metal: Do you have a lot of scrap metal that needs to be taken off your property? The best way to do that is with a flatbed truck. Loading and unloading bulk amounts of scrap metal is far easier to do on a flatbed truck than it is on any other vehicle. When you hire flatbed trucking professionals, they can remove the scrap metal from your property and take it to a recycling facility, saving you time, effort, and money.
  2. Transporting Building Materials: Flatbed trucking is ideal for shipping building materials and large pieces of construction equipment. Instead of trying to move building materials in a truck or small vehicle and being forced to take multiple trips, get everything transported in one go. Additionally, a flatbed truck is designed to ship heavy materials including steel beams, concrete, and brick.
  3. Moving Baled Tires: In order to combat a buildup of hazardous waste materials, baled tires are created to make moving tires easier. One bale is made of 100 tires and weighs about a ton. Obviously, that’s impossible to lift, load, and transport unless you have the right equipment. Fortunately, flatbed trucks are designed to be able to withhold that kind of weight. If you own a junkyard with plenty of tires laying around, the best thing you can do is have them converted into bales and shipped off on a flatbed truck.

Want to learn more about the benefits of using a flatbed truck? Contact us today!

January 17, 2019 | | Category: Flatbed

Heavy Hauling: 3 Benefits to Hiring a Professional Transportation Company

Often times equipment exceeds the width of the roadways and requires special equipment and permits to haul legally and safely from one destination to the next. Relying on a reputable transportation company means you can spend less time worrying about state regulations and permits required for hauling oversized equipment, and more time focusing on the job at hand. This is where Great Western Transportation comes in. Let’s take a look at 3 benefits to hiring professional transportation services.

Less Equipment to Maintain

There is often times special equipment required for heaving hauling. These can include double drops, extendable trailers, removable goosenecks, and more. By hiring a transportation company you do not have to purchase and maintain special equipment that may only be used every so often. This can save you both money and time in the long run.

No Need for Special Permits

Heavy hauling requires special permits. The type of and the number of permits required varies by state. There’s no need to worry about accidentally failing to obtain a required permit, facing delays and possibly hefty fines. Transportation companies are well versed in the special permits required and acquire the permits necessary to haul your oversized load.

Escort Vehicles

Depending on the load, often times escort vehicles are required to drive both ahead of and behind the load to warn other vehicles on the road. Transportation companies even arrange for escort vehicles if needed without you having to lift a finger.

When it comes to heavy hauling, Great Western Transportation arranges for all of the permits and logistics needed to haul your equipment from point A to point B. No matter the size, shape, or weight of your equipment, Great Western Transportation provides professional, expert, and punctual services to meet your needs. Contact us today for a free estimate!


January 10, 2019 | | Category: Heavy Haul

The Benefits of Letting The Pros Transport Your Heavy Machinery

So you have some heavy machinery that needs to be moved. At first glance, you might think it’s a job you can handle on your own. But hiring professional movers with the right vehicles and equipment is always a better idea. In this post, we’ll introduce to you some top reasons to let the pros transport your heavy machinery.

  1. Your Machinery Will Be Transported Safely: When you try to transport heavy machinery yourself, there is no guarantee that it will be loaded, shipped, and unloaded safely. However, when you let the professionals literally do the heavy lifting, your machinery will be in good hands. And why? Because professional movers have the experience and skill needed to safely move large objects without damaging them.
  2. You and Your Employees Will Be Kept Safe: Trying to transport heavy machinery yourself when you have little or no experience doing so comes with a lot of risk. Don’t put you or your employees in harm’s way by trying to do this job when a seasoned professional can do it for you. When you have the pros transporting heavy machinery, you won’t be liable for any potential injuries that one or several of your employees could end up with.
  3. You Can Save Time, Energy, and Money: Although you need to make the initial investment of hiring professional movers to transport your machinery, you can end up saving a lot of money in the long run. A professional trucking company already has all of the right equipment necessary to move heavy items so you won’t have to purchase or rent a vehicle yourself. You’ll also save time and energy because the pros will be doing all the work and you can dedicate your time to other pressing matters regarding your business.

Want to learn more about the benefits of hiring professional truckers for your heavy machinery? Contact us today!

January 3, 2019 | | Category: Heavy Haul

3 Reasons to Have the Pros Ship Your Construction Equipment

Shipping construction equipment across state lines, across town, or across the country is not quite the same as moving personal items or furniture from your home. Needless to say, construction equipment is a considerable deal heavier and more time-consuming to move. That’s why recruiting the services of a professional trucker is so important. And today, we’ll introduce you to a few more reasons why hiring a pro is a good idea.

  1. The Equipment Actually Can Be Moved: A large construction vehicle like an excavator can’t be strapped to the back of your pickup truck. Heavy pieces of equipment require larger vehicles to be transported in, like a truck specifically designed for said equipment. When you hire the pros, you won’t have to spend hours worrying about the logistics of transporting your large, heavy equipment.
  2. It’s Far Less Time-Consuming: When you rely on the professionals to do the heavy lifting (literally), you’ll instantly be able to free up your time. This is particularly important if you are a business, like a construction company, instead of an individual who just needs some small equipment pieces transported. If you run a construction company and can’t afford to waste precious time, hire the pros to move your equipment so you can focus on other pressing business matters.
  3. It’s Safer in More Ways Than One: When you decide to have the pros move your equipment, anything that is being moved is in good hands. If you try to move your construction equipment in the wrong kind of truck or other vehicle, there’s no guarantee that your equipment will be kept safe on the road. Not only do professional movers keep your construction equipment safe, having the pros do the heavy lifting will keep you (and your employees safe). Pros are trained to move equipment safely and correctly.

Looking for more info? Contact us today!

December 26, 2018 | | Category: Flatbed, General

Happy Holidays

The team at Great Western Transportation would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Holiday weekend!

December 21, 2018 | | Category: General

Heavy Haul Trucking: Getting Ready for The Winter Season

The winter season is one of the most difficult and challenging times of the year for the transportation service industry. There are cold temperatures, unpredictable road conditions, and other hazards that can result in delayed shipments and product shortages. The transportation industry is governed by the impact of the weather than any other industry because the weather-related problems can cost the transportation and trucking industries billions of dollars per year.

We do not want your business to be one of the many businesses that may face weather-related challenges this year. Put on your warm winter coat and get ready to take on any challenges the weather may throw at you by doing the following:

Tip 1: Plan Early

Nearly every business will face some form of winter-related impact, but the online businesses and retailers will likely feel a greater impact because they are the most vulnerable. This is why we encourage you to plan ahead so you can take the proper precautions against the weather. When you do take the right steps to plan ahead, you will have the tools you need to evaluate everything more distinctly.

Tip 2: Be Ready for Possible Delays

The weather-related conditions and the poor road conditions are only two of the possible reasons why shipments can be delayed. The winter season will also have an impact on the traffic, in addition to the holiday season. The holiday traffic and the endless number of orders can place restrictions on the drivers from getting to their destination when they need to be there. We encourage you to plan accordingly and create some flexibility when you are setting your shipping dates.

Tip 3: Keep The Lines of Communication Open

We are aware that delays are going to come during this time of the year, but when you have an open line of communication between your business departments, your suppliers, and your transportation service, you can reduce the impact that the weather will have on your operations. When you are aware of what the potential challenges may be, you will be able to create strategies that will allow you to make your way around those issues.

You will need a transportation service that will offer you every opportunity to have a successful transport this season. You will want a transportation service provider that will be able to make its way through the difficult challenges this upcoming season will bring. Do not be left out in the cold this season without the right protection.

December 18, 2018 | | Category: Heavy Haul

4 Reasons You Should Hire A Transportation Company For Their Refrigerated Trucking

Are you thinking about finally getting a refrigerated truck to ship your company’s products? Regardless if you sell flowers or fruit, a transportation company can help increase your revenue by giving you the means to sell your products in different areas. Still not convinced? Here are several reasons why you should consider hiring a transportation company to use their refrigerated delivery trucks:

1. Government Regulations

There are various state and federal government regulations that monitor the shipment of perishable items. This is because the wrong type of truck or temperature can cause your goods to spoil and possibly give people food poisoning or other illnesses. A transportation company will follow these regulations for you so you can be confident that your products are in good hands.

2. Temperature Control

You should also consider hiring a transportation company with refrigerated trucks since they can take care of setting the right temperature for your products. If you aren’t sure what setting is best, they can evaluate your products and packaging and make a recommendation that will prevent them from spoiling, melting or freezing.

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3. Security

You also won’t have to worry about your items being left alone for a long period of time when you hire a professional transportation service. Unlike other couriers which may leave your goods to deliver another product, they will supervise your goods and make sure they are successfully delivered before it melts or spoils.

4. Save Money

If you’re thinking about buying or leasing a refrigerated truck, you should consider the full cost of building a fleet of vehicles beforehand. Getting a refrigerated truck is a significant investment, especially with the down payment. Instead of wasting your time and money getting a truck and hiring drivers, you can hire a trucking transportation service to move everything for you.

Hire Great Western Transportation for Your Refrigerated Transportation Needs

At Great Western Transportation, we pride ourselves on being experts in the transportation industry. We have a large supply of equipment and can ship your goods at a fraction of the cost.

December 3, 2018 | | Category: Refrigerated Trucking

3 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Hiring a Transportation Service

Are you looking for a new trucking provider? If so, it’s very important for you to find the right truck to haul your load to avoid potential issues. You need a truck that is designed and built for the type of load you want to haul. Not sure where to start? Here are several questions you should ask yourself before you contact a trucking provider:

Question #1: What type of product do you need to haul?

Ultimately the type of truck you rent will be dictated by the type of product you would like to transport. If you need to transport frozen goods you will need a refrigerated truck, whereas electronic components may need another type of truck. Once you know exactly what you need to move, a trucking provider can provide suggestions on which truck is the best option.

Question #2: How will you package the cargo?  

Another question you should ask yourself is how the products will be packaged. The shape and size of the containers will determine how much cargo space you’ll need. If you have to haul food you should also take into account how the packaging will affect its temperature.

Question #3: Do you know how much the cargo weighs?

The weight of the products should also determine the type of truck you use. Gather all the products and weigh them on a scale or try to come up with an estimated weight. Your trucking provider can also  analyze the weight of your products and come up with a plan on how to transport and load them into the truck.

Contact Great Western Transportation

Once you answer these questions you should be able to determine the best hauling option for your company’s products. For more information about our hauling services, please call us toll free at (800) 972-8484 today.

November 27, 2018 | | Category: Flatbed, General