From time to time you are going to be faced with a need to move your tractor to different locations, especially if you hire out for work. It is not practical to drive your tractor to different job sites unless they all happen to be on neighboring or otherwise extremely close properties, so at some point you are going to have to haul your tractor. This is something you will need to do safely so you and your tractor arrive at your destination in one piece. Hauling safety is important, on more levels than one.
For starters, you will need a vehicle that is suitable to haul the weight of your tractor. This may seem self-explanatory but how many times have you seen someone trying to haul a heavy load with a Volkswagen Jetta? Just because you can put a hitch on a vehicle does not mean you should! Be sure to haul with a large enough truck to offset the weight of your tractor and that will have the engine and rear end strength to get you where you need to be and out of a jam if necessary. Don\'t forget that being able to haul is only half the battle; you will need the power to stop that heavy load just as much if not more so than the ability to get it moving in the first place.
Trailer selection is also important. Flatbed trailers come in all shapes and sizes as well as different weights. While it may seem like a good idea to get a lightweight trailer to help your gas mileage, do not try to get away with using too small of a trailer for your weight needs. Search for trailers able to carry the weight of your tractor and then some as you will most likely find yourself hauling implements, too. Also, beware of a mesh ramp; solid, steel ramps are much safer. Do not forget about the importance of trailer brakes and be sure your hauling vehicle has is equipped with a brake controller in order to operate them. Many trailer dealership sell modern trailers with automatic lifts to assist you in loading if you prefer to go that route.
Once you are confident that you have the proper equipment that meets all of your hauling requirements, it is time hit the road. Be sure that your tractor is properly positioned on your trailer. Turn the tractor engine off and put it in 1st gear with the brake set. Remove anything that is loose or can blow about and lower all implements. You also need to tie down your tractor as a whole. It may seem like gravity will hold a big, heavy tractor in place, but that is not the case so always be sure to tie it down. Remember that tractors are easy to flip in work conditions due to weight distribution so the same applies to tractors up high on trailers with an altered center of gravity. To secure your tractor, place chains or straps around the axles or drawbar. Be sure your chains are tight and there is no slack; it is advisable to stop a short way into your journey to check the chains to make sure nothing has moved or come loose.
Plan ahead on your trip so that things go safely and smoothly. Keep in mind locations where you will be faced with road construction or tight turns and be ready for them as they happen. Remember, too, that you must customize your efforts to compensate for your truck, trailer, and tractor, so everything stated here must be adapted to you personally and thus is a jumping off point for safe hauling. As long as you take it easy and remember that proper balance of the load is one of the keys to good handling and safe trailering, you should be just fine.