Moving, irrespective of the items involved, is always difficult. It becomes even more complicated if you wish to relocate heavy machinery, such as workshop equipment, and you lack relevant experience. Here are some of the potential complications you may face when moving heavy machinery:
Lifting or Dismantling
Heavy pieces of equipment usually have to be dismantled before they can be loaded onto moving trucks and carted away. Even if the equipment isn't completely dismantled, a few of its parts may have to be disconnected. The dismantling and loading may require not only specialist knowledge but also specialist tools.
For example, moving a heavy lathe (a machine for shaping materials) may require an assortment of tools and equipment, such as:
- Jacks for raising the equipment
- Crowbars for lifting the machine's edges or bases
- Canvas straps for lifting so you don't hurt your back
Just because a machine can fit into a van or onto a trailer doesn't mean the latter is the right way to transport it. Vehicles have weight limits, and metallic equipment can be deceptive on their weights. Therefore, you may end up overloading your moving vehicle, which may lead to damages (to the vehicle) or accidents on the road.
When you wish to transport a few boxes, you can just load them onto a truck and drive to your destination. All you have to worry about, legally speaking are the standard traffic rules. However, the transportation of heavy loads has special regulations in addition to the normal traffic rules. For example, trucks above certain sizes are prohibited from transporting loads at certain hours of the day or days of the week.
Even the "simple" act of lifting a heavy item may be difficult for amateurs. Professionals will tell you that you need to use your legs, and not your back, when lifting a heavy item. Improper lifting of heavy equipment can easily cause back and neck injuries. Don't forget that you may also be held liable for injuries that occur to friends helping you with the move.
These are just a few complications that amateur movers may face when dealing with heavy equipment or machines. It is much wiser to hire a professional moving company that is less likely to make mistakes. The professional mover will have the right tools for the job, understand the regulations of moving heavy loads, and have well-trained workers to handle the job.
Talk to a service like Seaside Junk Haulers & Movers LLC for more help.