Cost to Ship Combine per Mile

Cost to Ship Combine Per Mile

Everyone’s been asking how much it costs to ship a farm Combine. So, let’s make it simple by giving you an example shipment. For this example, I have picked the Salford CX8060 Combine. It weighs 29321 lbs., has a length of 29.76 feet, has a width of 10.93 feet, and a height of 12.87 feet.

For the example, lets say that it is picking up in Hastings MI and is going out Rogers AR. Total miles would be 767.2 miles. We would essentially have to find a very specific type of RGN, one with slide out, outriggers. This RGN needs to be heading that way and negotiate a price to have them pick this up as well. Knowing that we will need to pay for permits on the width for each state, that the RGN is specialized due to the slide outriggers, and that this machine is very difficult to transport, we will estimate paying a premium to get it done right.

Unfortunately, everyone is in the business of making money. That means they will mark it up a bit. You should expect to pay $4500 – $5000 depending on deadhead (distance away from pick up). This would include insurance, securing the load, permits, and everything else. It should be the all in cost. Make sure your logistics company has done this before, or call our experts and learn why so many are switching to Fide Freight for these challenging moves made easy.

Other Things to Consider

The standard $2.00 to $2.25 a mile doesn’t apply to all shipments. There are a few constraints to consider.

  1. Distance.
  2. Location
  3. Capacity

Distance is a very important factor in price. Coast-to-coast shipments are cheaper per mile than local runs. It is important to remember, whether you are going a long ways or running 50 miles down the road, you will still be paying for the drivers time.

Location is another factor that impacts the price. We get a lot of shipments that pick up in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and other states that do not have a very dense population. This can cause the rate to come up because drivers tend to be situated around bigger cities where loads are most likely to appear. We would essentially have to pay them to drive out and get the shipment (deadhead). This rule also applies to deliveries in remote areas. If you are 200+ miles away from a major city, be  prepared to pay a little more than the usual rate.

Capacity is the final constraint to consider/understand. Driver’s are constantly moving all over the country. When you have a surplus in one city, then the price goes down. The drivers will compete for loads. If you have a shortage of drivers in a city, then the price goes up because the driver will have their pick of the lot. The highest paying freight will be moved first.


We hope that this article sheds some light on shipping partial loads, tractors, combines, excavators, bulldozers, booms, or any other type of equipment. We are always fighting to get you the best price with the best service. We are a family-owned and operated company with strong values on the relationships we create. Give us a call and see how we can help you.

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