Looking for a reliable company to transport bulky equipment across Australia? If you’re hoping to arrange heavy haulage in Geelong or in the wider Melbourne area, look to Melbourne-based freight forwarder TSL. We provide domestic heavy transport services to businesses operating in a range of industries including manufacturing, mining, renewable energy and transport. Our comprehensive service covers heavy transport in Geelong, throughout Victoria, and in the wider national zone.
What is Heavy Haulage?
Heavy haulage is transporting large quantities of materials or goods by road. Typical heavy transport cargo shifted by TSL includes car carriers, pressure vessels, yachts, agriculture machinery, cranes and earth-moving equipment. Often a regular curtainsider truck is not large enough to carry out the job, so special lorries are used. These are sturdier and strong enough to safely carry huge quantities of stock or oversize, high or awkward pieces of machinery.
Vehicles Used for Geelong Heavy Transport
We use a range of lorry types to transport project cargo including shipping containers, portable buildings, generator units, cranes, dump trucks and railway carriages. To ensure safety at top speeds, some vehicles used for Geelong heavy transport can be steered from the back. Below are some examples:
Rigid trucks are made with up to five axles and a single rigid chassis. These vehicles are often used to transport dry goods such as toilet paper and shipping containers. They are well suited to highly-maintained roads.
Flat-bed trucks are rigid lorries used with flat trailers. This type of vehicle will often be used to transport large, bulky items such as concrete pipes and water tanks. Usually, the cargo is blocked or lashed to keep the cargo stable during transit.
Articulated trucks consist of a front unit and a trailer joined together. Because they are flexible, they are usually used for excessively large loads. They perform well on uneven and non-tarmacked surfaces such as dirt or gravel tracks.
Side-loaders allow goods to be placed on the vehicle sideways on, enabling easier loading and unloading. This means better use can be made of the available space. They also make it easier to balance out the weight of the load.
Low-loaders (also called lowboy trailers) sit lower on the road than standard trailers, which gives extra height. This means they can carry taller items.
Prime movers are heavy-duty towing engines that are designed to haul trailered loads.
Geelong Heavy Haulage Features
We always use the best vehicles for the job at TSL – the trucks and lorries we use to carry out heavy haulage in Geelong are strong, sturdy and resilient. They include features specially designed to prepare them for the transportation of heavy and oversized items. These may include cameras, collapsible mirrors, grabrails, side marker lamps, lockdown ramps, toolboxes, fuel-saving devices, spring or airbag suspension, skid plates, and aerodynamic technology. These features maximize safety and performance and provide smooth and effective treatment of your property, from loading right through to delivery. Vehicles will usually be accredited under Australia’s NHVAS (National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme).