When in need of transporting a boom lift whether it is in the next job site, across the states or just down the street, considering the details is very important. Although observing safety at the job site is very important, loading and securing your boom lift plays a vital role in ensuring your equipment is safe and secure for transportation. Failure to follow the right loading and securing procedures can have severe consequences and may even cause damages to the machine and the vehicle you are using for transportation. This page highlights the right loading procedure for a boom lift.
Start With: Selecting The Right Transportation Trailer and Equipment
You cannot load a boom lift in any equipment for transportation. You need to select the right equipment that will transport your boom lift and all its attachments securely and safely to its destination. The best trailers for transportation of boom lifts include RGNS, double drop decks, and expansive drop decks.
Before any loading starts, you need to make sure the transportation trailer is in the right condition and check to ensure the wheels are chocked to prevent them from rolling. When the trailer you are loading into is not attached into a truck, put a nose jack under the trailer and make adjustments so that it is within an inch to contacting the trailer to prevent it from tipping forward while loading.
Second: Follow The Basic Procedure We Suggest When Loading a Boom Lift
When loading a boom lift into a trailer, you need to follow the following guidelines:
- Ensure the trailer you’re loading into is packed in a flat and firm ground to prevent any shaking or to shift while loading.
- Check the ramps and make sure they can handle the weight of the boom lift that you are loading and when necessary add blocks under the ramp to provide support.
- Check the wheels of the boom lift and ensure they have no debris, grease or any mud that may cause the elevator to slide when moving up.
- Run the engine of the boom lift at the lowest speed setting, Reverse it, and with the most massive head, drive it into the trailer while ensuring the forks are pointing to the rear part of the vehicle.
- While maintaining the slowest speed, move the lift up until it has all settled in the trailer and then adjust it accordingly to ensure its weight distribution is even into the vehicle. Proper weight distribution prevents tire wear and pulls during the transportation process. Checking the suspension of the transportation equipment will show you whether there is even weight distribution.
Secure The Boom Lift Efficiently: Once the boom lift settles on the trailer, it is time to secure it. Follow the following guidelines:
- Lower the forks to the ground of the vehicle then tilt them forwards slightly before they reach the ground.
- Behind each of the wheel of the machine, place wooden blocks and fasten them into place using screws. Ensure the blocks are secure and firm against the wheels.
- Shut off the lifts fuel supply. If it is powered by diesel or petrol make sure the fuel tank is adequately secured and there is no chance of fuel sloshing or splashing during transit.
- Disconnect all the battery terminals to reduce the possibility of arcing and prevent the engine from starting during transit.
- Using chains and nylon straps ensure appropriate securing of the boom lift to the trailer. Secure it properly and give it no chance of movement during transportation.
- Before you start transportation, lock all the doors and covers and all the articulation points, hinges and pivots have articulation lock frames to prevent articulation during shipping.
- Inspect tie, down points and tie-down equipment used for securing the machine, ensure all the hooks are functional and all connection points and pins are secure.
- Verify and ensure the boom lifts wheels are inflated to prevent loosening of the tie-downs
Secure All The Boom Lift’s Attachment Efficiently: Securing the boom lifts attachment is very crucial. Set all the accessories in the trailer with an orientation that can be obtained by chains to prevent any movement, rolling or shifting which can cause damage to the equipment or the vehicle during transit.
If the boom lift has some hydraulic attachments set the hoses in an orientation that is not likely to interfere with the equipment in a trailer. Connect all the tubes in a manner that they cannot be disengaged due to movement and put them underneath the devices. Securing of the hoses should be as per the owner’s manual to avoid any damages.
Always make sure to hire a professional boom lift shipping company. Professionals in the transportation industry have many opinions concerning heavy equipment loading and securement. However, with the proper choice of transportation equipment, proper loading procedures and securement of equipment, transportation of heavy equipment become seamless. Proper loading is also vital for the safety of both machine and vehicle.