Transporting Heavy Machinery With The Right Service

Heavy machinery like dump trucks, excavators, tractors, and more are essential for any building or construction work. As important as the heavy machinery is to complete a job, it is also important to ensure the heavy machinery is transported and delivered on time. However, getting the machinery to Point B from Point A can be a challenging process.

Some companies will have their own vehicles that they use for shipping. However, other businesses will rely on a transportation service to move heavy machinery. Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of what the shipping process consists of. Many businesses are under the impression that it is not safe to transport heavy machinery.

We understand that you may be worried about the safety of your heavy machinery when it needs to be transported. After all, the heavy machinery you need to transport can be quite expensive. However, transportation services that are used to move heavy machinery have the skills and the knowledge that is needed to safely move vehicles.

If you are worried about how reliable a transportation service may be, we encourage you to ask questions about their shipping process. A good transportation service will not be afraid to answer any questions you may have.

Many businesses also try to avoid using transportation services because of the fear that the pricing will be too high or unpredictable. The transportation service you choose should be able to give you a proper quote at the beginning of the process.

While it may seem like choosing the transportation service will be the best route to take, it is one of the biggest mistakes many businesses make. Some transportation services may offer the lowest price, but they may not meet your specific needs when it comes to transporting your heavy equipment to a location during a specific delivery window.

It is important to choose a transportation service that can fulfill your needs and has a pricing option that fits your budget. Great Western Transportation has the ability to safely transport your heavy equipment during your specified delivery window. We have the skills and the experience it takes to have a successful transport.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for a quote or with any shipping questions or concerns you may have.

March 30, 2020 | | Category: Heavy Haul

Flatbed Trucking: Transporting Equipment To A Job Site

One of the most common types of trailers that are used for hauling time-sensitive shipments and construction equipment to and from a job site is a flatbed trailer. Why are flatbed trailers used more often when construction equipment needs to be transported?

Flatbed trailers are used often because of their ability to carry construction equipment and building materials up to nearly 50,000 pounds. Also, flatbed trailers will generally have a length that can range between 48 feet to over 50 feet.

Flatbed trailers are known for their capability to handle nearly everything. When construction equipment and other building materials need to be transported, one will need a flexible form of transportation. Flatbed trailers are some of the most versatile trailers in the trucking industry. Flatbed trailers are used to transport the following(and more) materials:

  • Bricks
  • Lumber
  • Scaffolding

Another reason flatbed trailers are used so often because of the ability to add and remove materials on the trailer. The flat surface of the trailer makes loading and unloading a little easier when compared to using other types of trailers. It is important to remember that using a forklift may be necessary to safely load and unload heavy construction equipment.

Flatbed trailers and trucks will continue to be an essential piece of equipment in the transportation and construction industry. When one needs to transport heavy loads and loads that contain oddly-shaped equipment, flatbed trucking is often the go-to transportation method.

Flatbed trucks can also be used to transport tractors and other farm equipment. Flatbed trucking is generally the preferred method to transport the farm equipment because driving the farm equipment from one location to another may not be the safest way to transport it.

If you would like more information about how flatbed trucking can be used and its benefits, we encourage you to contact us, Great Western Transportation, today.


March 16, 2020 | | Category: Flatbed

Safely Transporting Heavy Machinery

Two of the key elements of safely transporting heavy machinery are logistics and planning. Oversized loads can present a variety of transportation challenges that may require more than one method of transportation. Thankfully, with careful planning and the right tools, you will be able to safely move your heavy machinery.

Tips for a Safe Transport

  • Consult with a professional transportation service to learn more about safe heavy machinery transportation
  • Do not forget about special guidelines and requirements that may arise during the transport
  • Plan ahead
  • Secure the necessary permits ahead of time
  • Have a clear understanding of the transportation route

The safe transport of your heavy machinery will mean more than ensuring the machinery is operating efficiently. Safe transportation of heavy machinery will also mean ensuring the machinery goes through each state safely. Also, safe transportation means ensuring that everyone you are sharing the road with will be safe.

A professional transportation service will ensure you have a reliable and cost-effective transport of your heavy machinery. It is important to choose the right transportation service when you are looking to transport any type or style of heavy machinery. At Great Western Transportation, one of our missions is to exceed all of your expectations. We are committed to ensuring your heavy machinery arrives at the destination you have chosen.

We can work with your team to provide a full plan for the heavy machinery, from the early stage to the final stage. It does not matter what type of heavy machinery you will need to transport, one of our specialists will be able to help you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us today to request a quote.

We can perform jobs of various sizes. It does not matter if you need to use one piece of equipment or if you need to completely relocate, we are here to help you.

March 4, 2020 | | Category: Heavy Haul

Coronavirus Information

For those concerned about the coronavirus:

Subject: What I am doing for the upcoming COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic

by James Robb, MD UC San Diego

Dear Colleagues, as some of you may recall, when I was a professor of pathology at the University of California San Diego, I was one of the first molecular virologists in the world to work on coronaviruses (the 1970s). I was the first to demonstrate the number of genes the virus contained. Since then, I have kept up with the coronavirus field and its multiple clinical transfers into the human population (e.g., SARS, MERS), from different animal sources.

The current projections for its expansion in the US are only probable, due to continued insufficient worldwide data, but it is most likely to be widespread in the US by mid to late March and April.

Here is what I have done and the precautions that I take and will take. These are the same precautions I currently use during our influenza seasons, except for the mask and gloves.:

1) NO HANDSHAKING! Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc.

2) Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc.. Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove.

3) Open doors with your closed fist or hip – do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors.

4) Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.

5) Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from ANY activity that involves locations where other people have been.

6) Keep a bottle of sanitizer available at each of your home’s entrances. AND in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated objects when you can’t immediately wash your hands.

7) If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more!

What I have stocked in preparation for the pandemic spread to the US:

1) Latex or nitrile latex disposable gloves for use when going shopping, using the gasoline pump, and all other outside activity when you come in contact with contaminated areas.

Note: This virus is spread in large droplets by coughing and sneezing. This means that the air will not infect you! BUT all the surfaces where these droplets land are infectious for about a week on average – everything that is associated with infected people will be contaminated and potentially infectious. The virus is on surfaces and you will not be infected unless your unprotected face is directly coughed or sneezed upon. This virus only has cell receptors for lung cells (it only infects your lungs) The only way for the virus to infect you is through your nose or mouth via your hands or an infected cough or sneeze onto or into your nose or mouth.

2) Stock up now with disposable surgical masks and use them to prevent you from touching your nose and/or mouth (We touch our nose/mouth 90X/day without knowing it!). This is the only way this virus can infect you – it is lung-specific. The mask will not prevent the virus in a direct sneeze from getting into your nose or mouth – it is only to keep you from touching your nose or mouth.

3) Stock up now with hand sanitizers and latex/nitrile gloves (get the appropriate sizes for your family). The hand sanitizers must be alcohol-based and greater than 60% alcohol to be effective.

4) Stock up now with zinc lozenges. These lozenges have been proven to be effective in blocking coronavirus (and most other viruses) from multiplying in your throat and nasopharynx. Use as directed several times each day when you begin to feel ANY “cold-like” symptoms beginning. It is best to lie down and let the lozenge dissolve in the back of your throat and nasopharynx. Cold-Eeze lozenges is one brand available, but there are other brands available.

I, as many others do, hope that this pandemic will be reasonably contained, BUT I personally do not think it will be. Humans have never seen this snake-associated virus before and have no internal defense against it. Tremendous worldwide efforts are being made to understand the molecular and clinical virology of this virus. Unbelievable molecular knowledge about the genomics, structure, and virulence of this virus has already been achieved. BUT, there will be NO drugs or vaccines available this year to protect us or limit the infection within us. Only symptomatic support is available.

I hope these personal thoughts will be helpful during this potentially catastrophic pandemic. You are welcome to share this email. Good luck to all of us!

March 3, 2020 | | Category: General

Heavy Haul Trucking: Fulfilling Your Trucking Needs

Oversized loads and heavy hauls can bring a variety of hurdles and challenges for anyone who has taken on a heavy haul trucking project. Heavy haul trucking projects will come with guidelines and requirements that shippers may not have experienced before, and this can lead to costly complications.

The complications that can be affiliated with the shipment process and the transportation process related to heavy hauls can include choosing the right transportation service for moving the heavy equipment to acquiring the required permits that will be necessary to complete the shipment.

Also, there will be some heavy haul trucking projects that will require additional plans and strategies due to the specific routes that will need to be taken. It is important to find a heavy haul trucking service for the transportation of these shipments. When you are searching for a transportation service that can fulfill your heavy haul and oversized transportation needs, it is important to find a transportation service that is available to all types of customers.

It should not matter if you are one of the major shippers in your industry or if you are an individual buyer, you should be able to receive the professional service you need. You can find a transportation service that will be able to assist you with your one-time project or your regular oversized loads and heavy haul shipments.

With our transportation service at Great Western Transportation, we have the ability to handle the transporting of heavy machinery, construction equipment, and other heavy hauls and oversized loads. If you are preparing to complete a heavy haul or oversized load shipment for a one-time transport or if you have plans to complete consistent shipments, we want to use our trucking experience and knowledge to help you have a successful oversized load or heavy haul project.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us today for information about our services.

February 25, 2020 | | Category: Heavy Haul

Tips for Shipping Your Construction Equipment Successfully

The process of shipping heavy construction equipment is a hard task as it requires one to give the cargo details correctly to the shipping industry. The use of shipping services has proven to be advantageous to many industries. Before you start planning on how to ship your construction equipment you need to take into consideration a few factors. Here are some of the essential facts you should be aware of.

1. Determine Your Equipment’s Exact Dimensions

The shipping company you will work with requires the exact measurements. Some states call for oversize permits for machinery such as dozers which are wider than eight-feet and six inches tall. Measure the exact dimensions of your equipment, especially the width, height, and length. The manufacturer’s specifications won’t be of much help. Use your measurements and add the weight of any additional attachments. You can let your transport representative help you determine whether the dimensions of your machinery met the regulations of the state you will travel to.

2. Prepare The Machinery for Shipping

A shipping company handles things such as strapping down the load and ensure it is secured properly. It is not responsible for preparing the machinery itself for the transport process. Avoid exposing the stack to reduce the chances of debris falling in the smokestack of the dozer during the shipping process. Lastly, secure the doors tightly by zip-tying them shut to prevent chances of strong wind unlocking them by force. It is your responsibility as the owner to handle this, to make sure that the cargo does not get damaged.

3. Choose a Reputable Shipping Company

As a customer looking for quality services you should look for the following; Expertise in the field, customer reviews and the company’s licensing. Ask for referrals from a few other professional industries and know the services offered. Avoid working with a shipping company that cannot present proper proof of insurance and licensing policy.

A competent shipping company that is well versed with your needs can ship your construction equipment safely. Avoid the hustle of having a checklist by choosing a firm with a good reputation.

February 20, 2020 | | Category: Flatbed, Heavy Haul

Transporting Heavy Machinery or Dry Goods? We Have The Services You Need

As one of the leading transportation services, Great Western Transportation offers a variety of transportation options and other services for businesses like yours. With the variety of transportation services we offer, we are sure to meet any need you may have including moving heavy machinery for construction jobs and manufacturing and transporting LTL shipments.

At Great Western Transportation, our range of transportation services also include:

  • Heavy Haul Trucking: With this transportation service, we are able to transport heavy machinery and other equipment that may be overweight for other transportation methods.


  • Flatbed Trucking: With this transportation service, we are able to transport special materials or equipment that are considered overweight or too wide, but can still be transported legally. Flatbed trucking is often used to move time-sensitive shipments and construction materials.


  • Dry Freight Trucking: When dry freight trucking is used as the preferred transportation method, we will be able to successfully transport a variety of shipments using LTL or FTL trucking.

We take pride in being able to offer a transportation service that can transport a variety of shipments based on the unique needs of clients all over the world. Our transportation services are available for the following shipments(and more):

  • Heavy equipment and machinery
  • Loads that are considered oversized
  • Construction and building materials
  • Steel equipment

We understand how important it is to have a legal and safe transport, regardless of the shipping method that has been selected. It does not matter if we are transporting using Power Only Trucking, LTL Trucking, or Flatbed Trucking, we are able to transport goods and equipment in a timely manner at a price you can afford.

If you have simple or complex transportation needs that need to be met, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at any time to find out about the services we can offer you.

February 14, 2020 | | Category: Flatbed, General, Heavy Haul

Choosing The Right Shipping Method

When we look up the word “choice” in the dictionary, the word is defined as “the act of choosing: the act of picking or deciding between two or more possibilities”. By choice, you have made your way through some of the biggest challenges you have faced in your industry. One of the toughest challenges you may have had to endure in your business is the transport of goods.

With the constant demands of goods, heavy equipment, supplies, and more, it can be difficult to determine what type of transportation service you will need for each instance. Fortunately, there are ways to determine what type of transportation service will be suitable for each situation.

LTL Trucking

If you are looking to transport any type of goods and supplies across the globe but you do not need to use an entire trailer, LTL(Less than Truck Load) shipping can be at the top of your list. The specifications on an LTL freight trailer will allow your transportation carrier to transport numerous LTL shipments by means of one truck. The LTL freight trailer specifications will also allow you to meet all the needs of your customers and transport the goods to the destination.

Dry Freight

Dry freight, dry van, etc. trucking will be covered trailers that have a flat deck. A dry freight or dry van trailer is one of the most used types of trailer shipments. This type of trucking is beneficial for those who need to transport goods that are fragile and need special care. If you need to transport goods that need to be stored in crates or containers, dry freight trucking should be one of the options you consider. This type of trucking can also be the number one option when you need to transport goods that are experiencing periods of thunderstorms that bring heavy rain.

Full Truckload(FTL)

When you need to transport goods that will occupy the entire trailer, FTL trucking will be a reliable option. FTL trucking will consist of shipments that are large in weight and/or large in volume. The shipment’s weight limit will be proportional to the vehicle’s weight, in addition to the laws and regulations that have been established.

When it is time to decide on the right type of transportation service for your shipment of goods, equipment, supplies, etc., what choice will you make?

February 6, 2020 | | Category: General