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Last updated on: February 6th, 2020
We’ve all been on the freeway at some point when that dreaded “Caution: Uneven Load” sign makes its way into our peripheral. It becomes evident that some sort of heavy or oversized hauling is looming nearby.
While in the presence of an oversized haul might be slightly stressful, it’s thanks to these units that much of the efficiency of our daily lives take place.
Everything too heavy for human maneuvering, or too large to drive itself around, rely on heavy haulage units to get where it needs to be. Let’s take a closer look at these giant haulers and the roles they hold in the world.
Heavy Haulage Explained
To put it simply, heavy haulage systems are giant trucks where the back loading area has the capability of holding extremely large loads.
The masses that find their way on the back of these trucks are usually in the form of other pieces of machinery, shipping containers, and housing supplies. Essentially it’s anything of abnormal size and weight that needs to get from A to B. Ironically, these items are transported on a truck which is itself of abnormal size and weight.
Heavy haulage can take place over short distances or even across the country.
To Rent or To Buy?
Due to the incredible size of heavy and oversized hauling trucks, it’s usually better to rent them from industry professionals.
Naturally, the machinery of this size needs to adhere to a plethora of industry standards and regulations. By renting from an approved source you eliminate the need of having to worry about these yourself. Since these trucks take up so much space on the roads, they need to be safe for all involved. Both the driver of the truck and the drivers of the other vehicles on the road need to be safe at all times. Rather let someone take care of it on your behalf.
If you’re planning long term, frequent use of heavy haulage trucks then investing in one may not be a bad idea. It’s all dependent on the nature of your business and how much worth you’ll get out of owning one yourself.
Who Might Need It?
Anyone looking to haul very heavy objects between two places would find great use in oversized hauling trucks.
Usually, these trucks are put to use by:
- Construction site operators
- Building companies
- Moving services
- Machinery rental companies
There’s no limit to who can and can’t make use of a heavy hauling device. If the nature of the task at hand calls for it, then you too could find great use in hiring one:
- Individuals who own boats, for example, often make use of oversized hauling trucks to get them from one point to another. When moving the boat by sea isn’t possible, then it simply has to go by land.
- There are also instances where heavy hauling trucks have been known to move entire houses from one place to the next. These are of course usually mobile homes that don’t have fixed foundations and can be hauled between sites quite easily.
Benefits of Heavy Hauling
Here are some of the undeniable benefits of heavy hauling.
The Impossible Possible
Heavy hauling trucks really do make the impossible, possible. Objects that would usually be unthinkable to move are suddenly as mobile as any other small scale object in the world.
Just think about it: A home isn’t something you’d ever imagine moving cross country—but with an oversized hauler it can.
It really makes you question where the line is in terms of mobility and what we can & can’t do as a species. Nothing is too big or too heavy to be taken onto the roads anymore, thanks to modern innovation.
With the impossible becoming possible comes the added convenience of having everything you could possibly need at your fingertips.
Need that container on site by the end of the day? No problem! A heavy hauler can bring it to space probably within hours!
Cheaper Than Labour
Renting (or buying) the services of a heavy hauling truck comes with the benefit of decreased hauling labor on a human level. Since the truck will be doing most of the heavy lifting, less manpower is required for the tasks at hand.
This is both a pro and a con. On the one hand, it does save businesses money and on the other, it means that machinery is taking human jobs.
Nevertheless, it’s undeniable that with heavy hauling trucks the nature of the work is sometimes best left to the machinery for safety reasons.
The final notable benefit of heavy hauling trucks is their simple versatility. The trucks aren’t concerned with what is being hauled and are simply capable of hauling whatever, whenever.
So long as the object being hauled is safely placed onto the back of the vehicle and secured properly; then the truck will be able to move it.
Perhaps this is why buying could prove more positive than renting; as the uses are not limited and you’ll always be able to find something more to do with the truck whether for yourself or by renting it to others.
Heavy haulage and oversized hauling are a big part of our daily lives (in more ways than you probably realize).
Society owes a lot to these trucks and the work they do to create the world around us. Keep an eye out for them on the roads; you’ll be surprised in what abundance they operate! Perhaps you’re the next one to hire one?