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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:38 pm    Post subject: best way to look for tractor transport Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I may be in need of transporting an 8000 lb tractor from Ontario Idaho to Olympia Washington. Are there sites where one can go to submit their tranport need? That is, put in the tractor type/wt., the pick-up and drop-off locations, and the time frame, and then have folks contact me with quotes? Any information would be helpful, as I've never had to do this before. Thanks!
 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:49 pm    Post subject: Re: best way to look for tractor transport Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Uship, there is a hauling board on this site, reach out to a broker.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:41 am    Post subject: Re: best way to look for tractor transport Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Uship and Fr8star, but a word of caution about both. Try to deal with owner/operators, NOT "brokers" because you're liable to have a guy show up with a totally inappropriate rig, like an Econoline van and a car hauler. The brokers are yet another middleman in between you and the hauler and are usually out to shaft both you and the hauler.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:59 am    Post subject: Re: best way to look for tractor transport Reply to specific post Reply with quote

BarnyardEngineering wrote:
(quoted from post at 04:41:27 09/11/19) Uship and Fr8star, but a word of caution about both. Try to deal with owner/operators, NOT "brokers" because you're liable to have a guy show up with a totally inappropriate rig, like an Econoline van and a car hauler. The brokers are yet another middleman in between you and the hauler and are usually out to shaft both you and the hauler.


Barnyard, brokers are usually out to make a good living by building up a lot of repeat business by providing good service to both haulers and consigners and relying to a great degree on word of mouth advertising. If there has ever been one that was out to shaft all customers, He would not have been in business long enough to hurt but a very few people. Have you ever been in business yourself?
 
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:15 am    Post subject: Re: best way to look for tractor transport Reply to specific post Reply with quote

showcrop wrote:
Barnyard, brokers are usually out to make a good living by building up a lot of repeat business by providing good service to both haulers and consigners and relying to a great degree on word of mouth advertising. If there has ever been one that was out to shaft all customers, He would not have been in business long enough to hurt but a very few people. Have you ever been in business yourself?


I've tried to ship three tractors with U-ship, and every time without fail the "brokers" would either give me a ridiculously high or a ridiculously low bid, demanded IMMEDIATE responses, and just gave me an overall shifty vibe in their communications. Common response was "we have a driver in your area ready for immediate pickup."

The way it seems to me, they're just answering every request for a quote without regard to what or where, just trying to hook as many people as possible. They don't care about repeat business. There's plenty of first-time business out there.

I've seen the guys they send. I have nothing against immigrants but if you are dealing with English-speaking customers you have to make an effort. There's always some reason why they can't haul your load without more $$$, and they know they've got you over a barrel. All this is through their translator, the broker, over the phone. I won't even get into the equipment...

On the other hand, both of the owner/operators I've dealt with have been true to their word, professional, did what they said they were going to do, when they said they were going to do it, for the price they quoted. I've done repeat business with one hauler, and would gladly do repeat business with either going into the future.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:39 am    Post subject: Re: best way to look for tractor transport Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks - good advice ( and caution).
 
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