As the Procurement Manager or Facilities Manager at your organization or facility, you know that purchasing equipment like balers, compactors, or other waste management or recycling equipment doesn’t end with the purchase order. One additional step you need to take is arranging freight for the baler or other recycling equipment. The customer service staff at Harmony Enterprises Inc. is here to help with some baler freight tips.
Tips for Arranging Freight for Balers & Recycling Equipment
Hire a Specialized Freight Broker – When selecting a freight carrier, be sure to work with a freight broker that understands how to ship machinery.
Get the Right Trailer – Equipment such as balers are most commonly shipped on a flatbed trailers that have air-ride suspension. Talk to your rigging company for advice on a trailer that will take into account both the loading and unloading conditions. Efficient loading and unloading of the equipment can depend heavily on the type of trailer. It may also be a good idea to tarp the baler at all times while on the trailer to protect it from the elements.
Timely Details Matter – Provide clear and detailed instructions for the dates and times for pickup and delivery to all parties involved. This will save money by not making a rigging crew wait for the trailer to arrive. The carrier should also be aware of how much time is needed to load and unload the trailer.
Consider Small or Oversized loads—Larger balers may be classified as oversized loads by U.S. Department of Transportation regulations, which can add significant cost to your freight bill. On the flip side, some smaller balers may be able to ship with other loads, which is less expensive than a dedicated truck, but can cause delays in delivery time.
Before the recycling equipment arrives at the destination, make sure you have an experienced installer scheduled to set it up and a location specified. Ideally, you will want the path of transit from the unloading site to the installation site already planned out to avoid delays with building obstructions or clearance issues.
If you have questions about selecting equipment, arranging freight, installation, electrical requirements, or maintenance, please contact us at (507) 886-6666 or fill out this form. We are happy to help!