Whenever you need to relocate and move heavy machinery and equipment, machine moving skates are very helpful. The machine skates offer a simple solution when you are in a jam and need the area rearranged. Also known as roller dollies, loading skates, and roller skids, machine moving skates slip under heavy loads, lessen the drag, and make moving quick, and easy..

There are a number of different types of moving skates to use, each with unique features to help handle the load. When someone attempts to move an extremely heavy load with the incorrect equipment, a potentially dangerous environment is created for you, your employees, and your equipment.

Choosing the best loading skate for the situation is easy once you know the specific considerations for your moving load. 

Moving Frequency

If you are planning on a one-time reorganization or move, buying your own machine skates may not end up being as cost-efficient. However, If your day-to-day operations require a lot of moving, loading, or unloading large equipment, load skates will come in handy. Machine skate manufacturers will often offer a wide variety of skates. Each skate is designed to move many different types of heavy loads, under a wide variety of conditions. Load skates are useful pieces of equipment, and can often be used in many areas of the business, for example, material handling, loading, and unloading, or moving equipment around your warehouse. 

Floor Conditions

When considering the type of skate to be used for the haul, the pathway and floor conditions should not be overlooked. Moves are most successful when the rolling surfaces are clean and free of cracks and holes. You should always be certain the surface will support the weight of the load, and any weak spots should be reinforced. For straight-line moves, rigid top skates are most successful. Swivel top skates and titling skates can move over rough and uneven floors or ramps better than non-tilting skates

Rolling Resistance

When you are moving extremely heavy equipment, you want it to roll easily. Choosing a rolling part with good-quality bearings can make a large difference in your moving abilities. 

Steel Rollers

Steel rollers are a great option for all-purpose moving. These rollers allow for long periods of resting loads and permanent installation because they provide maximum durability. Steel rollers perform well with rough or uneven floors, as well. 

Polyurethane Rollers

Polyurethane rollers are a great option for floors and surfaces that need extra protection. Poly-coated rollers are not recommended when it comes to extended resting loads or on rough and uneven surfaces. 

Machine Moving Skate Mobility

Every project is unique and has its own requirements. In certain situations, equipment will need to move in a straight line, around other objects, and face obstacles. Having appropriate control of the skates is very important, so being able to rotate or move when necessary is crucial. Using the correct combination of fixed or maneuverable skates under each load is the key to an easier move. 

Hevi-Haul Has The Machine Skates For You

Since 1938, Hevi-Haul has been manufacturing machinery skates that have assisted in the toughest of moving projects. No matter the requirements, we have machine moving skates to help you get the job done. Contact us today to learn more about our different skates and how they are used.