Transporting an agricultural tractor

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The transport of an agricultural tractor is an important issue for farm owners and entrepreneurs associated with the agricultural industry. Organising the transport of this type of machinery requires proper planning to ensure safe, timely and efficient transport. This article will outline key aspects related to organising the transport of agricultural tractors, such as securing the machine, choosing the right means of transport and selecting a transport company.

How to secure an agricultural tractor before transport?

To secure an agricultural tractor before transport, follow these tips:

Thoroughly inspect the tractor: Thoroughly inspect the tractor for damage, fluid leaks or looseness before transport. Take photographs from various angles to serve as documentation of the tractor's condition prior to transport.

Switch off the electrics: Switch off all electronic devices and systems on the tractor, such as the alarm, GPS or radio. Also disconnect the battery to avoid accidental discharge during transport.

Preparing the tractor: Remove all loose parts and accessories that may be damaged during transport. Bleed the hydraulic system and secure the attachments. If you have an owner's manual, check it for specific instructions for transporting your model of tractor.

Cleaning the tractor: Make sure the tractor is clean and free of mud or dirt that may affect its grip during transport.

Tyre protection: Check the tyre pressure, which should be appropriate for the weight of the tractor and the transport conditions. If the tractor is transported on a platform, secure the tyres with chains, lashing straps or other dedicated equipment.

Securing the tractor: Use lashing straps, chains or rope to secure the tractor on the transport platform. Straps should be attached at the points provided by the manufacturer, such as frame attachment points or tow hooks. Make sure all attachment points are well secured and there is no slack.

Adaptation to weather conditions: If you are transporting in harsh weather conditions such as rain, snow or strong wind, protect the tractor from the elements, for example by using a tarpaulin.

Cooperation with a transport company: Choose an experienced and reputable transport company that is experienced in transporting heavy agricultural equipment. Make sure that the driver has the appropriate licence and experience. Before transporting, discuss with the transport company all the details of securing the tractor and check that they have the right documents.

Communication with the driver: Before the transport begins, provide the driver with all the necessary information about the tractor, such as its dimensions, weight or special security features. Make sure the driver is aware of any special requirements for transporting your tractor.

Supervise the transport: If possible, personally supervise the loading and unloading of the tractor to ensure that all procedures are followed and the tractor is properly secured. If you cannot be there, ask someone experienced in transporting heavy equipment to do this for you.

Transport monitoring: If possible, track the transport of the tractor. Today's transport companies offer GPS tracking of the transport, which allows you to check that the transport is going according to plan.

Checking the tractor after transport: Once the transport has been completed, carefully check the tractor for any damage that may have occurred during transport. Compare the condition of the tractor with the photographic documentation taken before transport. If you notice any damage, report it to the transport company and draw up an appropriate protocol.

By securing the agricultural tractor prior to transport according to the above-mentioned tips, you will minimise the risk of damage and ensure that the transport goes smoothly and without problems.

What are the methods of transporting an agricultural tractor by road?

Road transport of agricultural tractors can be carried out using a variety of means of transport and methods. I have outlined some of them below:

Transport on a platform trailer:

The most common way to transport agricultural tractors by road is on a platform semi-trailer. A low-bed semi-trailer that allows heavy and tall agricultural machinery to be transported. Thanks to its low construction, the risk of the machine tipping over during transport is minimised, plus it makes loading and unloading easier.

Transport on a trailer with ramp:

For heavier agricultural tractors, trailers with a ramp can be used. The ramp allows easy and safe loading and unloading of the tractor. A semi-trailer with ramp can also be equipped with a security system such as lashing straps, chains or slings.

Transport on a car transporter:

For smaller agricultural tractors, a car transporter can be used, which allows one or more tractors to be transported at the same time. The car transporter provides easy loading and unloading of the tractor, thanks to its slanted loading surface. It does, however, require the tractor to be additionally secured to avoid movement during the journey.

Own transport (on wheels):

In some cases, especially over short distances, it is possible to move an agricultural tractor on its own wheels. However, please note that own transport of agricultural tractors may be restricted due to road regulations, speed and required permits.

Insurance company:

It is worth paying attention to the insurance company for the transport of the agricultural tractor. Check that the transport company has adequate insurance to cover any damage to the machine during transport. Whichever method of road transport you choose, it is crucial to properly secure the agricultural tractor and to choose an experienced transport company that is qualified and experienced in transporting this type of machinery.

What affects the cost of transporting an agricultural tractor by road?

The cost of transporting an agricultural tractor by road can vary depending on a number of factors. Below are the main elements that affect the cost of transporting this type of machinery:

Transport distance: Longer distances are associated with higher fuel consumption and higher driver costs, resulting in higher transport costs.

Weight and dimensions of the tractor: Heavier and larger agricultural tractors require specialised means of transport and additional safety features, which can increase transport costs.

Type of trailer or car transporter: Choosing the right trailer or car transporter can affect the cost of transport. Ramp or lowboy trailers can be more expensive to hire than standard trailers.

Timing of the transport: Ordering transport in advance may allow you to find a more favourable offer. By contrast, urgent orders that need to be completed quickly can be more expensive.

Weather conditions and season: In adverse weather conditions, such as rain, snow or strong wind, transport costs may increase due to extra security or risk of delays. Similarly, costs may be higher during the season when the demand for tractor transport is higher.

Difficulty of loading and unloading: If loading and unloading the tractor requires additional equipment, such as a crane, transport costs may increase.

Transport route: Transport costs can vary depending on the route, the type of roads and toll sections such as motorways or motorways.

Transport insurance: The costs associated with insuring the transport of an agricultural tractor can affect the overall cost of transport.

Transport companies: The choice of transport company can affect the cost of transport. Reputable and experienced companies may offer higher rates, but guarantee safety and professionalism in carrying out the order.

When planning the transport of an agricultural tractor, it is worth considering the above factors to optimise costs and ensure that the machine is transported safely and on time.


How much do agricultural tractors weigh on average and what are their dimensions?

The weight and dimensions of agricultural tractors can vary considerably depending on the manufacturer, model and application of the machine. Below I provide general information on the weights and dimensions of agricultural tractors:

The weight of agricultural tractors can vary from a few tonnes to as much as several tens of tonnes. The lighter compact tractors, which are designed for small farms and gardens, usually weigh between 600 kg and 2000 kg. Medium-duty tractors, which are the most common in agriculture, can weigh between 2000 kg and 6000 kg. Heavier tractors, which are used for large machinery and implement work, can weigh between 6000kg and 20000kg or more.

The dimensions of agricultural tractors also vary from model to model. Lighter compact tractors are typically 1 to 1.5m wide, 2.5 to 4m long and 1.5 to 2.5m high. Medium-duty tractors are typically 2 to 2.5 m wide, 3.5 to 5 m long and 2.5 to 3.5 m high. Heavier tractors have a width of 2.5 to 3.5 m, a length of 4.5 to 6.5 m and a height of 3 to 4.5 m.

Please note that the values given are approximate averages and the actual dimensions and weight of agricultural tractors may vary depending on the specific model and manufacturer. It is advisable to check the technical specifications of the tractor in question for exact weight and dimensions.