A transformer is a large device that transfers electricity from one alternating current circuit to one or more other circuits. There are many different types of transformers and they come in varying shapes and sizes. Some transformers are smaller models while larger models can weigh over 300 tons. Common types of transformers are power transformers, step-up and step-down transformers, distribution transformers, and current transformers. When a transformer breaks, the electricity service to buildings connected to the transformer is interrupted. A heavy-duty transporting company should be hired to assist in replacing the busted transformer. This is not a job that should be done single-handedly without experience or training. Any heavy-duty hauling task poses dangers that could harm cargo, vehicles, and people. Let’s look at how companies safely and effectively transport transformers to a new location.

Successful Transformer Transport

Heavy hauling jobs such as moving transformers are not quick, simple, one-step tasks. These jobs require thorough planning and preparation before the move to ensure safety and efficiency. The most common method to transport transformers is to use a flatbed trailer. A standard flatbed trailer has a platform length of about 48 feet and a maximum capacity of 48,000 pounds. A proper trailer for transformer transport should have tie-down points for security and reflective tape for visibility. Below are general steps that are crucial to a successful transformer transport:

  1. Complete a risk assessment. Heavy hauling always presents risks, and experts are trained to foresee issues and avoid them as best as possible. Common risks involved with transporting transformers include overloading, equipment failure, road accidents, and dangerous routes. Proper preparation is necessary to minimize the chances of these dangers affecting the haul. A risk assessment should take into consideration the transformer’s weight and dimensions to make sure it’s a proper match for the chosen trailer. An emergency response plan should also be in place for handling unexpected situations. 
  2. Plan the route. A route survey should be completed before transit to choose the best path to take to safely transport the transformer. When planning a route for transportation, height constrictions are an important factor. Roads with low bridges are avoided and so are weight-restricted areas. Some roads are more affected by heavy loads than others, and this should be considered to avoid damaging public roads.
  3. Load the transformer. The process of putting the transformer onto the trailer is best done by experts who have been trained to use heavy machinery. While there are several methods for loading and unloading a transformer, the most common is to lift it using a heavy-duty crane. The transformer should be secured with straps or chains after it’s placed on the trailer. Once it is secured, it needs to be leveled. This is done through the use of leveling jacks or by adjusting the height of the trailer. Specialized equipment such as hydraulic trailers may be needed if the transformer is too large or heavy for the flatbed trailer. 
  4. Monitor the transformer. Frequently stopping to inspect the transformer and trailer during transit is an important step to safely get the transformer to its destination. The tie-downs should especially be checked to ensure they have not come loose. 
  5. Unload the transformer. Similar to loading the transformer, unloading the transformer can be a risky step. This is a process that should be taken with extreme caution. Once the transformer is at the site, the transformer is lowered and installed via a skidding and jacking solution. The handler should make sure there are no obstacles or hazards in the way. 

Equipment Needed To Haul A Transformer 

Moving a large transformer requires specialized equipment so that the cargo and vehicle are not damaged in the process. Transformers are vital for the power needs of businesses, so any harm done to the transformer in transit can cause major setbacks and project disruptions. It is also important to use special equipment to protect those involved with the task. The heavyweight of transformers can easily cause injury to a handler. Below is a list of items that are needed to keep cargo and handlers safe during transformer hauling:

  • Protective padding should be used to prevent damage to the transformer and trailer during loading, transport, and unloading. 
  • Chain binders and straps keep the cargo in place to avoid slipping and sliding which can lead to damage to the vehicle or transformer. Even worse, the transformer could fall off the trailer without tie-downs.
  • Rigging gear and slings can be made of rope, cable, or chains and are used with a lift or a crane to move large loads.
  • Heavy-duty cranes are usually used to lift the transformer onto the trailer.

Transformer Hauling at Massey Towing and Truck Service 

When a transporter fails, it is important that it is replaced quickly and safely. Delayed deliveries can affect how a business operates. Leave your heavy hauling needs to the professionals at Massey Towing & Truck Service. When you use our services, you can be assured that your transporter will arrive safely, timely, and cost-efficiently. No matter the type of transformer you need to move, our heavy haul transport teams can handle the most delicate and large loads. If you’re ready to get started on your transformer hauling project in the Dallas Fort Worth area, contact us today.