Shipping An Engine As A Palletised Delivery

By | 11th December 2017

When it comes to arranging the pallet delivery of an engine, using a wooden pallet is an ideal solution, keeping transport costs to an absolute minimum. In addition, with many carriers offering next day delivery and being able to offer assistance with tail-lift delivery vehicles, means you can be selling your engine and attracting a lot more interest now that delivery is a real possibility.

We have compiled a brief overview of the things you should be considering when arranging the pallet delivery of an engine. It is true that some pallet carriers are not all that keen to handle engines for delivery, but for those that will transport your engine and by reading through our brief guide, you can be certain of successful delivery.

1. The Draining Of Fluids

It is paramount that you drain all fluids from the engine prior to collection. It is not uncommon for the collection driver to check this has been done, by using a dipstick or similar tool to verify that the drainage has taken place. If it transpires that not all of the fluids have been drained, the carrier may refuse collection and worst still, impose a wasted journey/failed collection fee.

2. No Leaking

With all fluids drained, it is still possible that there may be a small amount of fluids within some of the engine components. Therefore to prevent any wanted leakage, it is recommended you use a material to place onto the pallet, before loading the engine onto the pallet, that could absorb any excess fluid.

3. Loading The Engine Onto The Pallet

When it comes to placing your engine onto the pallet, you need to ensure that the position of the engine onto the pallet is as central as possible. Be mindful that you need to be using a pallet which has a suitable sized base to hold the engine, but where you still have some excess space around the engine on the pallet, in case of movement. As we have discussed in previous articles, it is paramount not to have any overhang on a pallet, otherwise you may find that the engine could sustain damage and/or damage another customer’s goods. Or if may be a case that your pallet is taking up more than 1 pallet position on the truck, meaning you will be incurring extra charges for additional space.

4. Securing & Strapping The Engine

Securing the engine to the pallet is critical and you want to ensure that the engine is fully secured whilst in transit. If the collecting driver, believes the engine is not safely secured to the pallet, they may refuse the collection and also a wasted journey/false collection fee could apply. Always ensure that your engine is fully secured to the pallet, using a combination of shrink wrapping, strapping and even ratchet strapping the engine. You must be 100% confident that the engine is secured to the pallet and will mean a successful pallet delivery without risk of damage to your engine or any other customer’s goods.

If you have any questions about the pallet delivery of an engine, please contact us via our website and we would be happy to assist you.