Sometimes getting heavy equipment, like a log splitter or a claw crane, in or out of your work zone is a nightmare. Even if your teams can drive the equipment out from among all the felled trunks and stumps, there is still the matter of getting the equipment back to base camp. That could cost you a lot in diesel fuel for these typically slow-moving vehicles. Rather than drive each piece of heavy equipment back, you can try one of these three solutions instead.

Heavy Hauling and Equipment Moving

If your crews can maneuver the equipment onto the nearest road, even if the road was only constructed for the purpose of moving lumber through to base camp, then a heavy equipment hauling company can pick up your equipment and move it for you. This eliminates the problem of moving several pieces of equipment separately and slowly back to camp or to another work zone. The equipment movers handle all of the positioning and loading--you just tell the drivers where the equipment needs to go next.

Winch Towing

Similar to heavy hauling, winch towing is what you would normally use if you had equipment break down and it needed to go in for repairs. A tow truck that is equipped with a winch connects to the front or back of each piece of heavy equipment. One of your drivers shifts the equipment into neutral so that the winch tower can pull the equipment along freely. Your driver may have to go along for the ride to apply the brakes if you expect the equipment to go down any steep inclines or hills. 

Airlifting

If your lumberjack equipment is located a far cry from base camp and any facsimiles of roads, you can always airlift your equipment out of the work zone. (You can also use airlift services to bring equipment in, too.) It is the most expensive means of getting your equipment in and out of work zones, but when neither of the previously mentioned solutions will work for you, then airlifting equipment will. You may have to hire an American company for this type of heavy hauling, as helicopters and airlifting equipment are scarce in Canada.

Consult with an Equipment Moving and Storage Company

If  any of these services sound like something that could work for your lumber company's needs, then consult with an equipment moving and storage company like Larry's Heavy Hauling (1990) Ltd. Be sure to ask about the types of heavy hauling services they offer and provide a detailed request for the equipment you need to move and how far you need to move it. Armed with this information, the moving company can provide you with quotes on all of the services they offer.

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