How and what to transport the combine

Combines require special conditions for their transportation.

The most various agricultural machinery occupies the lion’s share of all oversized and superheavy transportations which are carried out by experts of the TAD company (Ukraine). Agriculture is one of the main predominant industries in our country, so the need for transportation of heavy machinery and equipment is always there.
Combines, as well as any other agro-industrial equipment, demand for the transportation special conditions and carefully picked up equipment. Its main “problem” is the very large size, which limits the use of certain types of platforms or trawls.

In some cases for transportation of the combine it is necessary not only to remove a reaper, but also to dismantle wheels with a cabin. Of course, this requires some labor and time, but there is simply no other alternative. Moving the ready-to-operate combine on public roads is prohibited due to its large weight, large size and low speed. In addition, no owner of such equipment will “overtake” the combine to another site, which may be in the tens or even hundreds of kilometers.

First, it is very long, and secondly – unprofitable. The motor resource of the equipment which is so necessary during harvesting decreases. For these reasons, the only option for moving the combine from point A to point B is to use specialized trawls.

How to combine harvesters

For transportation of large-sized equipment it is necessary to use specialized means of delivery. Trawls are best suited for these purposes – a special type of platform with a low frame, which are equipped with ramps for self-entry and exit of the combine.

If self-entry is not possible, you can try to load the equipment on the platform with a winch or use a crane with sufficient capacity. Cranes, in particular, are the main option for loading and unloading when it comes to transporting combines by rail on special platforms.

Transportation of the combine is possible both with the reaper established on it, and without it (the reaper is fixed separately). The trawl is a semi-trailer, it requires a tractor of sufficient power. Usually standard tractors of eurofrugs act in this capacity.

As for the cost of transportation, today transportation by road trawl and rail is in about the same price range. However, it should be understood that some models of combines simply do not fit on the railway platform – in this case, you can use platform extenders on car trawls.

Route selection

Any transportation of oversized machinery and equipment is associated with certain difficulties and risks. It is almost impossible to perform transportation on your own, so it is best to entrust it to professionals with the necessary experience, skills and qualifications.

In addition, having your own tractor with a trawl is not economically feasible, because the transportation of combines is performed periodically several times during the season. You will have to look for a special parking lot for storing equipment, as well as perform regular maintenance. For this reason, it is best to rent special equipment that will be used with the required efficiency in the required period of time.

As for the routes of transportation, they are also subject to certain requirements. First of all, route routes must be designed and approved in such a way as to transport the equipment in the shortest possible time, without causing inconvenience to other road users.

You should avoid sections of the road with heavy traffic, constant traffic jams, choose routes outside the city limits. The main requirements for an ideal route are:

  • no or minimal number of steep ascents and descents;
  • minimum of intersections and sections with circular traffic;
  • in the presence of tunnels it is necessary to specify in advance their sizes and throughput;
  • choice of route with a strong road surface;
  • availability of bridges, utilities on the way;
  • sufficient number of gas stations and places for temporary rest during long-distance transportation.

Preference is always given to bypass roads and wide highways with several lanes in both directions.

Advantages of cooperation with professionals

When ordering the transportation of combines from TAD, you will always be sure of compliance with the specified delivery times. The cargo will be delivered in integrity and safety to any point of the country, then collected and fully prepared for work.

You escape from a headache in the form of search of optimum routes and delivery options, you do not need to agree with services of support and to receive necessary permissions for transportation. In addition, not every driver is suitable for such work: it is necessary to have vast experience to accurately and quickly deliver cargo weighing several tens of tons across the country.

The logistics department of Trans-Auto-D is ready to offer the required services of transportation of both combines and any other type of non-standard equipment using a variety of trawls and modern trucks.

Specialists will make the optimal route taking into account the specifics of the cargo, answering any questions and consulting if necessary. A wide selection of trawls of different configurations allows you to choose the optimal solution for each customer and its cargo.