Construction loaders are used to load gravel, dirt, and construction aggregate on dumper trucks for transportation. The safe and legal transportation of heavy cargo and construction equipment is no easy task. Contractor workers require heavy construction equipment for various tasks such as excavation of the ground, land grading, and moving loads. This article will discuss the difference between loaders and excavators and different types of construction loaders and how to transport that equipment.

What Makes A Loader Different From An Excavator?

Not sure whether you need a loader or an excavator for your upcoming project?  A loader is a heavy piece of machinery used to move loads such as soil, rock, sand, and demolition debris to another rig like a dump truck or railroad car. They usually have wheels but some have tracks. The loader differs from the excavator in design. The excavator is a tractor with a wide bucket attached. Using the bucket, land preparation crews can load material to a dump truck without displacement of the load. An excavator, also known as a backhoe loader has a smaller bucket/shovel at the end of one hydraulic arm. It is used to dig out the soil at heights that exceed the standard height of the truck. A backhoe loader can dig and load while a construction loader serves a single purpose of loading loose material.

Different Types Of Construction Loaders

People often mix up the available types of loaders, not knowing which one to use for each particular task. The four main types are a backhoe, skid steer, dozer, and wheel loader.

Learn more about each type of loader and how you can use it for your construction project:

  • Skid Steer – Skid steers have a unique mobility system. They’re suitably named as the design allows them to steer by skidding. Skid steers are four-wheeled loaders in which the operator brakes or locks one side’s pair of tires and leaves the other side free and under power. This brake-and-roll action lets the machine turn within its own radius. If you want a loader for use in light applications and fast-moving loading processes, the skid steers are ideal for the job.
  • Compact Track & Multi Terrain – Although compact track loaders and multi-terrain loaders operate on a similar steering principle, they are considerably different machines. These small but powerful earthmovers navigate by freezing or braking one track set and putting power to the opposing side. This functionality allows compact track loaders and multi-terrain loaders to make 360-degree turns within their physical dimensions. The construction equipment industry distinguishes between compact track loaders and multi-terrain loaders. While they appear similar from an outward view, the difference is in the undercarriage and suspension design. A multi-terrain loader’s idler and track system exert far less weight per square inch than an equivalent-sized compact track loader.
  • Backhoe Loaders – Backhoe loaders are the most versatile earthmovers found on any site, and they’re truly the workhorses of the construction industry. That’s because of a backhoe’s unique design that places a loading bucket on the front end and a hoe attachment on the back end. Backhoes are wheel-equipped machines, as opposed to machines that have tracks for stability. Wheels allow your backhoe to be highly maneuverable and move about a site with time-saving efficiency. Wheeled backhoes also travel at relatively fast speeds, so they can be driven directly between work locations without having to be moved by trailer.

The Necessary Rigs And Equipment To Properly Transport Construction Loaders

Construction loaders are the workhorses in the construction business, moving load materials across a job site. There is one thing that loaders can not do and that is relocate. You need to have the necessary rigs and equipment and professional heavy haulers to move the loaders. There is more to hauling heavy equipment than tying down your load and hitting the road. In fact, heavy equipment transport is a highly regulated industry with multiple things to consider based on what you’re hauling and where you are hauling to and from. You need professional shippers to load a construction loader on the trailer properly. The loading procedure requires high adherence to safety standards and close attention to detail. The load’s weight must be evenly distributed throughout the trailer bed to prevent swaying and uneven tire wear during haulage. If you are transporting larger loaders, you will need RGN trailers for safe transportation. For the smaller loader, step deck trailers or hotshot trailers are the best vehicles for transportation while compact wheel loaders can be shipped quickly and safely with flatbed trailers.

Make Sure Your Shipper Has An Efficient Load Tracking System

Knowing where your cargo is located at any given moment is important. You will be concerned about your transportation provider’s ability to oversee your load, verify its on-schedule transit, communicate any delays and step in if something goes wrong. That means having the latest GPS tracking and clear communications between you and the shipper. That will give you peace of mind.

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