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Types of Shipments That Could Benefit the Most From FTL (Full Truckload Shipping)

FTL (Full Truckload Shipping)

Just about any freight shipment can benefit from FTL services, but the most common ones include commodities such as:

  • Farming and/or construction equipment: tractors, combines, cranes, excavators, etc.
  • Grains: wheat, oats, etc.
  • Gravel and crushed stone
  • Coal
  • Sand
  • Gasoline
  • Crude Oil

As you can see, the list above includes mostly items that can only be shipped FTL such as gasoline and crude oil which are transported by tanker. Another common example is coal and sand which is impractical to ship through any other services besides FTL due to weight and quantity requirements.

But there are some types of shipments that are typically shipped LTL that could greatly benefit from being switched to FTL. (Basically, just because you normally ship LTL doesn’t mean it’s the best way!) So changing to FTL, a full truckload service, for the following types of freight may be beneficial to your bottom line:

  • Household Appliances (washers, dryers, refrigerators, etc.) - A full truckload may be safer and less expensive then LTL.
  • Furniture - Fully assembled furniture is more easily damaged in LTL.
  • Glassware/China - FTL would save money from damages because it’s easier to make sure they are properly packaged.

You, the business owner, have particular shipping needs. We’re here to help you determine what freight shipping services you need most and the best way to ship your goods.

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28 November 2022

Because winter presents road hazards like no other time of the year, heavy haul trucking companies must be extra skillful in providing safe and effective hauling. It is crucial that you consider and understand these hazards when hiring any heavy haul trucking company.

1. Extreme Cold

This is, by far, the greatest hazard to heavy haul trucking in the winter. Choose a heavy haul trucking company that has temperature control for the goods they are hauling. At the very least, make sure their trucks are heavily insulated so as to protect your goods from freezing temperatures.

2. Bad Weather That Affects Driving Conditions

If a heavy haul trucker is driving in or through areas where the winter months include snow and ice, you can be sure they will run into bad weather somewhere along the way. Though they are professionals, even the best of drivers can have problems driving in hazardous conditions. If you still need to risk shipping in the winter, it will probably take longer.

3. Holiday Traffic Issues

During the holiday months of November and December, the roads are often packed with people shopping and traveling to see friends and family. This means that heavy haul truckers may run into traffic jams and other unforseen complications caused by too many people on the road.

Prepare for Potential Problems

Heavy haul trucking in the winter can be done, but it requires that potential problems are prepared for in advance. It also requires using the right heavy haul trucking company! Call us anytime at Scotts. We are happy to discuss your concerns. Rest assured, we take all precautions possible to protect your wide load.

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14 November 2022

Next time you complain about those nasty pot holes and bumps in the road, know that there’s actually certain state laws designed to limit some of that damage caused by heavy vehicles. Commonly referred to as Frost Laws, these seasonsal restrictions on traffic weight limits and speeds are generally enforced in the months of March, April and May and sometimes June. Why? It’s all about thaw weakening during Spring months.

This statement released by the County Road Association of Michigan explains the phenomena perfectly. “As frost melts beneath a paved road, the roadbed turns wet and spongy because water is trapped between the pavement and the remaining ice layer beneath. When trucks and heavy equipment travel over a layer of concrete or asphalt that isn’t well supported beneath, lots of permanent cracks can occur.”

In the state of Michigan, for example, the legal axle weights of vehicles are reduced by up to 35%. More axles are then required to haul a heavy or overweight shipment. Some places may also require that heavy vehicles not exceed 35 miles per hour irregardless of the posted speed limit.

US States With Frost Laws

  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Because we know that restrictions will vary from state to state, and even within a state, and because seasonal restrictions may be posted on very short notice, we always check each state’s laws and freeze-thaw postings before quoting a heavy haul.

Be warned... Other heavy haulers may quote your shipment on a 5 axle truck trailer combination and then try to move that load during the frost law restrictions which costs a lot more than what they accounted for in your original quote. They may try passing those increased prices on to you.

Don’t pay for their mistakes! Call Scott for reliable heavy haul shipping all year round.

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10 October 2022

While numbers vary from state to state, most anything that exceeds 80,000 pounds of gross weight, is wider than 8.6 feet, taller than 13.6 feet, and longer than 53 feet, is generally considered a heavy load. But the type of tractor trailer that transports it also plays a major role in who should help you move that oversized load from point A to point B.

The weight limit for oversize loads (set by both federal and state laws) is almost entirely based on the type and number of axles a truck has, where they are located, and how many are near each other. Heavy haul equipment comes in these axle options: 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 13, and 20

Below are general weight limits based on overall restrictions:

Steer axles: These are the first axles on the truck and some trailers.
Weight limit is 12,000 pounds

Single axles: A trailer which has a solitary axle at either the front or the rear, or multiple axles that are more than 10 feet apart.
Weight limit is 20,000 pounds

Drive axles: Often on the tractor but occasionally fitted to the rear of heavy-duty trailer setups.
Weight limit is 34,000 pounds

Tandem axles: Two sets of wheels positioned close together, within five feet of each other. Tandem axles usually refers to the axles in the rear of the trailer, but you might see tandem axles close to the lip of the step on a step or a double-step.
Weight limit is 34,000 pounds

Whether private or commercial, industrial, or agricultural, a small or a large business, the need to safely and legally transport equipment, goods, and vehicles is a routine business need. Use a transportation service that knows the industry and has boots on the ground.

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26 July 2019

Federal Exclusions to Width Measurement for Overland Transported Freight

In general, if the freight you're hauling is less than 102 inches wide, you are below the limits set by the federal government that triggers wideload permitting requirements. This means no over-dimensional permits, escorts, or other cost and schedule impacting rules to follow. Knowing your width measurements are very important to effectively managing shipping schedules and project budgets. And you’re the one responsible for accurate measurements – not the state or federal representatives.

But what is included and what is not when it comes to measuring the width of flatbed freight shipments? Federal rules and regulations clarify this issue. The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration states the following:

WIDTH EXCLUSIVE DEVICES - States must allow certain devices to extend beyond the 2.6 m (102-inch) width limit of Commercial Motor Vehicles on the National Network and reasonable access routes. These include rear-view mirrors, turn signal lamps, handholds for cab entry/egress, splash and spray suppressant devices, and load-induced tire bulge. Also excluded are non-property carrying devices that do not extend more than 3 inches beyond each side of the vehicle.” U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), 23 CFR Part 658

This may or may not seem obvious. But when it comes to cost and project impact between an over dimensional load and one that falls below these standards, it’s important to know the regulations to be safe and legal. Being able to defend your freight measurements can mean the difference between state-by-state wide load permits and rerouting and a streamlined transport.

03 June 2019

Over-Dimensional Freight Transport Cost and Schedule Control

Overland transport of wide loads or over dimensional flatbed hauling is a complicated business. Freight transport that exceeds federal, state, or local transportation rules, regulations, and guidelines of standard weight, height, width, or length dimensions can trigger a multitude of shipping requirements.

The range of requirements can leave your head spinning. Follow these tips to help avoid a mistake that can be expensive to your budget and your schedule.

  • Know Your Metrics – Falling under any over-dimensional standards can save your bottom-line and your schedule. Keeping your freight shipment within standard dimensions means avoiding permit costs, escort logistics, and the effort required to manage a wide-load route. But if the load falls within Over-Dimensional limits, know it and then plan for it.
  • Know Your Route Requirements – Consistency in over-dimensional standards and requirements is the exception, not the rule, when you cross jurisdictions. Standards vary not only by state, but by locality, season, temporary conditions and more. A single load can require an escort on one part of the route and not on another or can be prohibited on weekends or certain parts of a route completely. Knowing this can save your schedule and costs.
  • Avoid Unplanned for Costs – Permit fees vary by state and can change;loading delays can result in detention fees. And if your dimensions are not correct expect to pay extra fees, fines as well as time delays. These and more unbudgeted costs can be avoided with a well-planned freight transport.

Planning and know-how can make an over-dimensional shipment cost and time efficient. Take care to know your load, the regulations, and the route and make the most of your over-dimensional freight shipment.

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