Heavy hauler trucking can seem like a daunting business, and it can be. Handling equipment weighing hundreds or even thousands of tons, driving long distances, etc., can be frightening. However, it does yield a lot of benefits. Transporting freight via this technique can have a lot of advantages that smaller shipping doesn’t entail. So here are 5 benefits of heavy hauler trucking that aren’t available in other types of trucking.
The way that heavy haul trucking works at large is that trucks offer a wide range of capabilities. They’re designed to transport anything from industrial boilers to farm equipment. They can support hundreds or even thousands of tons of equipment at a time. Hence, the industry is one that only deals in bulk. So, there are a lot of advantages to getting it. The most obvious is being able to take advantage of interlinked services at a discount.
1. Reduced Total Cost of Ownership
Heavy hauler trucking allows the total cost of ownership for each truck to be reduced significantly. Companies are allowed to streamline their business operations with hauler trucks. This maximizes the total efficiency and productivity of businesses. Manufacturers make sure that trucks are built to last, and thus focus on reliability and longevity.
Calculating heavy haul freight rates can be a time-consuming task as there are many factors involved and it varies from case to case. Most customers end up calling freight brokers who then get in touch with transport companies to determine the shipping rates and quote an accurate freight rate for their customers.
Needless to say, this entire process is incredibly inefficient and stressful. It’s important to note that sometimes with ‘spot quoting’ shipments, you won’t necessarily be provided with all the factors and by the time you’ve scheduled the shipment, the freight rate may no longer be accurate.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the factors that are involved in quoting heavy haul freight rates. Please note that we won’t be covering actual rates and will only be focusing on the determining factors.
1. Time of Year
The time of year you’ve scheduled your shipment will contribute to the total cost. Freight rates can change on a monthly, weekly, and even daily basis. Manufacturers often try to schedule shipments at the end of the month to acquire accounting benefits which is why demands for trucks increase around that time and consequently the rates increase as well.
Let me go through the different types of flatbeds and how we can determine what an overall rate for a shipment should cost. This information should be used as a base line and not an actual rate.
Mileage is the factor in your total cost, however not all freight lanes cost the same. Cost also depends on freight volumes in and out of the area you choose. Texas and Florida for example consumes more than it produces so there is more freight going into Florida and Texas then are coming out of Florida and Texas. So, it costs more to ship a truck into Florida or Texas then out. Most Brokers and Truckers use and online program like Power DAT as guide to assist with state to state rate costs that include fuel and tolls.