Construction is a vital part of the world economy and infrastructure. If you’re a member of this prestigious group of builders, especially in a company on the smaller side, it can often feel like you’re fighting an uphill battle. Fighting for contracts, managing your supplies, and getting things done on time and under budget can be a real hassle. However, one problem that stands above all else is the issue of equipment — in particular, how you get it from place to place.
Transportation is often an issue when you work in construction given how large everything you’re moving tends to be. Don’t let this stop you, though, especially when you have a group like Great Western Transportation by your side. Great Western Transportation is a service you can hire to move things from place to place. In your case, it would be all that construction equipment you can’t haul to the site on your own.
Rather than try to organize a bunch of people to drive everything down the road (assuming you even could) or fruitlessly attempt to tow things on the back of a truck, let the pros handle it for you. Great Western Transportation lives and breathes transportation and is experienced in moving equipment of all kinds. Safety, speed, and reliability are all a focus for the company, ensuring you get your equipment on-site ahead of schedule and without a scratch. They’ll probably do a better job than even you could given their more than 100 years of combined trucking experience.
The next time you’re in need of equipment transport for your job, look to Great Western Transportation. They’ll get the job done right just like you and your team will. Call or email today to get a quote or to set up a job. You won’t be disappointed.
August 25, 2020 | | Category: Flatbed
In today’s highly competitive business climate, minimizing inefficiency and cutting costs are both paramount to a company’s success. As a company finds innovative ways to operate more efficiently, it must find out where unnecessary expenses can be cut, and the logistics and shipping departments are certainly no exception. Whether your company is a multinational mega-corporation or a small mom-and-pop establishment, you can save time and money while still being able to meet or exceed your customers’ expectations by utilizing LTL trucking as a part of your logistics solution.
What is LTL Trucking?
LTL (or Less than Truck Load) trucking refers to a type of service offered by a freight carrier wherein multiple shipments that do not use the full capacity of a trailer are consolidated. This allows freight from multiple clients to use the same trailer, thus maximizing efficiency. Since a standard semi-trailer is usually 48 or 53 feet long (about 15 to 16 m), predictably, many businesses find that they need to make shipments that would not utilize all the available space. Using LTL trucking can greatly reduce the cost of making shipments while decreasing the amount of time materials spend waiting to be shipped as well as the amount of time being moved. By utilizing LTL services to make better use of a trailer, freight carriers are able to offer very competitive prices that would otherwise not be possible using other methods. Even large, high-volume companies make use of LTL trucking as a part of their logistics solutions because of the flexibility it offers.
Why Should I Use LTL Trucking?
If you’ve never considered LTL trucking, or have only used it infrequently, now is a great time to reconsider integrating it into your logistics solution. While LTL trucking may be an excellent, money-saving option in its own right, you may find that using this option will help to cut costs in other areas. For example, using an LTL service may mean that your company can reduce the amount of time goods spend waiting to be shipped, taking up valuable warehouse space. Saving money while making more frequent shipments will mean better customer satisfaction while reducing the amount stock kept on-hand and an increase in productivity. Of course, effective use of LTL transportation will greatly cut shipping costs, too.
Great Western Transportation recognizes that your business has unique needs and offers comprehensive solutions to ensure that those needs are met. We offer Dry LTL trucking, Refrigerated LTL Trucking, and Flatbed LTL trucking solutions, as well as many additional services that other carriers do not offer, such as Lift gate services, palletizing and shrink wrapping, distribution, re-delivery services, warehousing, and more. In addition, we service both the U.S. and Canada. Please contact us and one of our authorized representatives will assist you in developing a logistics strategy that works for you.
August 14, 2020 | | Category: Flatbed
The majority of trucking trailers will have one part that is either unnoticed or underutilized. Do you know what that part is? Storage. It will be difficult for you to find a transportation service or trucking company that will leave its dry freight with you idle without asking you to pay for the containers you are using because they could be making money by using those containers on the road.
Many companies will have their own loaded trailers, but they may not have the drivers or the trucks they need to actually transport everything from Point A to Point B. Hiring a company for power only trucking will mean the company will provide the truck and the driver you need to safely transport your cargo and your trailer to its final destination.
If you are looking for an affordable solution for your company when you are not able to provide your own truck or hire a driver, power only trucking is a solution you should consider. Power only trucking services will offer an incredible advantage, and you will not have to worry about the planning that will be involved when you have to transport goods.
Power only trucking services have been designed to fit your specific needs. It does not matter if you need services for flatbed shipments, dry freight trucking, refrigerated trucking, or if you need services for containers and heavy equipment, power only trucking can provide you with the services you need. If you have a shipment that is oversized, a power only trucking company will be able to provide you with what you need.
If you have cargo that requires you to have a driver that has years worth of experience in hauling that particular type of shipment, you will be able to find this type of driver when you use a power only trucking shipping service. Power only trucking services can transport your goods without the additional expenses you would have to pay when using your own drivers and trucks.
For more information on our power only trucking services, please do not hesitate to contact Great Western Transportation today.
August 12, 2020 | | Category: Power Only Trucking
There is a good chance that you are now aware of heavy haul trucking and its importance in the trucking industry. Heavy haul trucking takes on the responsibility of carrying large objects, and the majority of the time this involves transporting heavy machinery and any other overweight shipments. Heavy haul trucking often involves use the use large trucks with a variety of flatbed trailers.
At Great Western Transportation, we have always held our employees to the highest degree when it comes to safety standards. While other heavy haul transportation services also provide safety measures and guidelines when heavy haul trucking and transporting machinery, we like to believe that we take additional measures to ensure our employees and their equipment is safe.
While it may seem as if we are the only side that will benefit from the safety measures, it does benefit our customers as well. When working with a heavy haul company that goes the extra mile to keep their employees safe, it should give you a reassuring feeling that the company will also keep your equipment or machinery safe.
One of the first steps we take is proper preparation. If we fail to prepare before a transport, there can be major issues with the equipment you are transporting, the vehicle, and the person who is operating the truck. One of the key things we do in regard to preparation is making a list of the equipment that needs to be transported and secured.
It is important to have an understanding of the equipment and the route that needs to be taken in order to visualize the location on the map. Preparing and securing the cargo is essential to an easy and safe transport. Planning the route is important because not every area you enter will be lead to a safe and easy transport. It is important to consider the highways and roads before transporting equipment of any size.
Contact us today for more information on heavy haul trucking.
July 31, 2020 | | Category: Heavy Haul
When you need to transport construction equipment of any kind, you will always want to make sure you do it the right way. You want your construction equipment to be delivered safely and delivered on time. We understand that the construction equipment you own, rent, lease, etc. are essential to your livelihood. It does not matter if you are transporting a tiller, crane, forklift, etc., we want to help you get ready for shipping.
Determine the Construction Equipment Measurements
In order to ensure your construction equipment receives the appropriate transportation service, you will need to know the measurements of your construction equipment. It is important to measure every inch of your machinery.
We know it can be easy to find the measurement specifications listed on the equipment’s manual, but measuring the dimensions yourself will give you a better chance of having a successful transport experience. Your equipment will need to meet certain dimension requirements in order to transport it safely.
Find the Appropriate Trailers
After you have determined the correct dimensions for your construction equipment, it will be time to choose the appropriate trailers needed to haul the equipment.
After you have obtained the correct dimensions, your transportation service provider will determine the best trailer that will be needed to move your machinery. Sometimes trailers can be too big for the equipment that you want to transport.
Prepare Your Equipment for Transport
Preparing your construction equipment for shipping will ensure there will be no hold-ups when the transportation service arrives. When you are fully prepared, you can expect a smoother shipping process.
One of the best things for you to do when you are ready for the transport process is to clean your construction equipment properly. You may be surprised at how much extra weight construction equipment can hold just from the extra dirt and mud that is stuck to it. It is safer to transport construction equipment that has been cleaned thoroughly.
The manual for the construction equipment should provide you with recommended instructions for preparing your equipment for transport. When you follow the recommended steps for shipping or transport, you will have a successful construction equipment transport process.
July 24, 2020 | | Category: Flatbed
It does not matter if you are looking for heavy haul transportation services or if you are considering a different type of shipping service, you have likely heard of the term “flatbed” numerous times. While you may have heard the term before, do you know what this type of service really is?
Flatbed trucking refers to a shipping method that is used to transport oversized loads or wide items from Point A to Point B. Flatbed trucks will generally fall under the category of heavy haulers. Flatbed trucks are often requested when the following type of equipment need to be moved:
- Heavy machinery
- Construction equipment
- Time-sensitive equipment
- Building supplies
The above equipment cannot be transported safely using traditional vehicles, but it can be transported safely using flatbed trucking due to the wide and flat surface on the truck. A flatbed truck will allow equipment and the other types of shipments to be loaded and unloaded with ease. There are multiple types of flatbed trucks, and the type of flatbed truck you will need will often depend on the size and weight of your shipments.
Whenever you are looking for a versatile shipping option for your heavy and time-sensitive shipments, flatbed trucking should be one of your top options. Since flatbed trucking does not require you to visit a loading dock, you will have the ability to load and unload shipments from any location. Also, since you can load a variety of things on the truck, you will not have to use multiple trucks or make multiple trips in order to complete one shipment.
If you have been searching for a shipping method for your construction equipment or other heavy haul needs, we would recommend asking about flatbed trucking. If you are interested in learning more about flatbed trucking and how it can be an answer to your problem, contact Great Western Transportation today.
July 16, 2020 | | Category: Flatbed
, Heavy Haul
Heavy equipment like shovels, tractors, bulldozers, dump trucks are essential pieces for any major construction job. Ensuring this construction equipment arrives where it is supposed to be, on time, is not always an easy process.
While larger companies may have their own vehicles used to transport equipment, there are smaller companies that will not have the vehicles that are needed to transport the construction equipment. There will be many times when a lack of knowledge or a lack of experience in the shipping process can cause a variety of problems.
We want to dive into some construction equipment myths that we hear about in the industry.
Shipping Construction Equipment Is Not Safe
Many businesses are worried about shipping construction equipment because they feel it is unsafe. While they are very expensive pieces of equipment, experienced transportation services have the skills and knowledge that are needed to transport your construction equipment safely. If any business is worried about the safety of their construction equipment, you should not hesitate to ask the transportation service provider about the methods they use to transport the construction equipment.
Pricing Is Inconsistent
Shipping construction equipment does not have to be inconsistent if you are partnering with an experienced transportation service provider. If you discover that the shipping prices are inconsistent or unpredictable, it could be because the transportation service you are considering does not have enough experience to give you an accurate quote. It is important to make sure you hire the right provider for the job.
I Should Always Choose The Lowest Price Option
One of the common mistakes that many businesses make in regard to shipping construction equipment is choosing the lowest priced option because they do not feel it makes a difference. We understand you want to make money and save money so the cheapest shipping option would be something you would consider. However, choosing a transportation service provider because it is the lowest option may not result in the best services. If you are offered a low price to ship your construction equipment, this could result in you receiving low-quality services.
Great Western Transportation has the knowledge, skills, and resources to successfully transport your construction equipment from Point A to Point B. Contact us today for a quote or any questions you may have regarding shipping.
July 8, 2020 | | Category: Flatbed
, Heavy Haul
Hauling heavy equipment and large items is a job that should always be reserved for the best heavy haul trucking company your money can buy. Finding the best company for the job is not always easy, but our experienced team at Great Western Transportation has the knowledge and expertise required to guide you through the decision. Here are three tips that help you hire the best heavy haul trucking company for your shipping needs.
1. Read customer reviews
You can learn a lot about a company by searching for their history of customer reviews. Check for any complaints, testimonials, good reviews, or awards they have received in the past for any heavy haul trucking services they have provided. Remember, working with a bad or incompetent company can put your assets at risk, so it’s best to learn about a company through customer reviews so you can sort the good trucking companies from the bad ones.
2. Make sure they have the best tools to ship your equipment
Never hire a heavy haul trucking company unless you are sure they are capable of shipping your equipment. Tractors, bulldozers, cranes, loaders, and excavators are some of the most commonly used equipment tools for shipping. If you plan on shipping sand, dirt, or anything similar, you will probably need a dump truck for the job. Always make this one of the first things you do before hiring a heavy haul trucking company as it will save you from wasting your time (and a lot of money, too).
3. Proven track record
Besides having great customer reviews and the best equipment to ship your items, you should always choose a company with a proven track record of success. Companies with an extensive track record of successfully hauling their customer’s items from one location to another will have better knowledge and expertise of industry regulations and specialized shipping.
June 26, 2020 | | Category: Heavy Haul