Looking for a heavy transport company to shift items that are tall, heavy or oversize? Look to us for all your heavy haulage needs. Our domestic transport services serve businesses throughout Australia. We serve clients from a range of industries including renewable energy, manufacturing and mining. Our top-quality service covers heavy transport in Melbourne, across Victoria and in the wider national zone.
What is Heavy Haulage?
Heavy haulage is transporting large materials, equipment or goods by road. TSL helps companies shift cargo including car carriers, yachts, earth-moving equipment, pressure vessels, agriculture machinery and cranes. To carry out heavy haulage in Melbourne, we use specialised lorries which are ultra-strong. They have special characteristics which enable them to safely carry larger sizes of stock and machinery that is oversize, high or awkward. Some of our vehicles can be steered from the back – this ensures safety when they reach high speeds and turn corners.
Types of Heavy Haulage Cargo
As part of its Melbourne heavy haulage service, TSL Australia transports a wide variety of heavy cargo including portable buildings, shipping containers, generator units, railway carriages, cranes and dump trucks.
Melbourne Heavy Transport Vehicles
When a curtainsider truck just won’t do the job, TSL calls in heavier-duty trucks and lorries to carry heavy transport in Melbourne. Below we’ve listed some of the vehicles used in the heavy haulage industry to transport larger items such as boats and steel girders.
Rigid lorries are made with up to five axles and a single rigid chassis. These vehicles are often used to transport dry goods, which can be anything from toilet paper to shipping container. They are well suited to smooth, tarmacked roads.
Flat-bed lorries are rigid trucks used with flat trailers. This type of vehicle will often be used to transport large, bulky items such as concrete pipes and water tanks. Often the load is blocked or lashed to keep it still during transit.
Articulated lorries consist of a front unit and a trailer joined together. Because they’re more flexible, they’re used for excessively large loads. They perform highly on different road surface types such as dirt, sand or gravel.
Side-loaders enable easier loading and unloading because they allow goods to be placed on the vehicle from the sideways (as the name suggests). This means the weight of the load can be distributed more easily and better use can be made of the space.
Low-loaders (sometimes called lowboy trailers) sit lower on the road than standard trailers, which gives extra height. This enables the carriage of taller items.
Prime movers are heavy-duty towing engines that are designed to haul trailered loads.
High-quality Melbourne Heavy Haulage Vehicles
Vehicles are often equipped with facilities such as lockdown ramps, toolboxes, fuel-saving features, spring or airbag suspension and skid plates which contribute to enhanced safety and performance throughout their use. For the most part, vehicles used by TSL are also listed under Australia’s NHVAS (National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme).