Engines are large and cumbersome, and require special attention when it comes to shipping. By far the most cost effective solution is shipping via pallet. The engine or grearbox is loaded and secured to the pallet. and then picked up by courier and sent to its destination.
Although the simplest method, engine shipping has certain requirements that must be met.
How to ship used engines safely and legally Shipping engines requires special attention and compliance with rules and regulations to avoid issues. For instance, you must drain all fluid from the engine/gearbox before shipping, as any leakage can damage other cargo or vehicles and equipment. You must also ensure that the engine or gearbox is firmly attached to the pallet. These are important safety measures that you must follow strictly.
The driver will inspect the oil level when collecting the engine or gearbox. If there is any oil left, the engine cannot be shipped. The pallet should have rags or oil-proof material on top of it before putting the engine on it. Any possible leaks should be prevented and reduced. If the engine has a sump that makes it uneven, you can use an old tyre to balance the engine and support the sump area. Use a ratchet strap to secure the engine to the pallet. You can also use steel or plastic banding that is professionally installed, but make sure they are well-protected to avoid breaking, for example by putting rags between the engine and the strap. The driver will not collect or transport the engine if you use any other method such as rope, shrink wrap, plastic/metal strap that is not tight enough, etc. Only ratchet strap or machine strap is acceptable. You can use shrink wrap over ratchet or machine strap, as long as there is a hole for checking the oil level with the dipstick. The strap/band should be seen through the shrink wrap. Do not use black shrink wrap. The driver can refuse to collect the engine according to Paragraph 223 of the Health and Safety Executive, Workplace Transport Safety Guide. We all have a responsibility to make sure the shipment is safe and secure. Examples of how to ship engines securely and safely via Pallet Bad
Rope is not a suitable way to attach an engine to the pallet. The rope can loosen, snap, or lose its knot during transit. We do not accept or recommend engines tied with rope. Good
Engines strapped firmly to the pallet. Ideally, there should be rags/mats under them, but if they are drained and clean, it is not necessary. Engine strapped with plastic banding. Four plastic straps applied by machine and tight. Engine lies flat on pallet, no need for tyre. It is not necessary to have rags/mat under the engine if it is drained and clean. The straps could use some protection, but they are fine if they touch smooth areas of the engine.
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