Precast Shipping Trailers

Posted on February 4, 2021 by Ben Dalsing

Precast concrete is poured in a factory and delivered to a job site. But how does it get to the job site? Wells has specialized trailers for shipping oversized and overweight pieces of concrete. For this blog I will describe each kind of trailer and how it is used.

Flat Trailer with one wall panel and a column Flat trailer with three insulated wall panels Flat trailer with columns Flat trailer with a beam

Flat trailer: A flat trailer is our most common trailer. Used for shipping most wall panels, columns, beams, and double tees. When a piece of precast does not fit onto this trailer we switch to a specialty trailer.

Drop deck expandable trailer with a 70' tall wall panel

Drop deck flat trailer: A drop deck trailer is for shipping 10’ wide wall panels and spandrels on edge. Also, if we are shipping three double tees on a single load we use a drop deck. Generally, panels for high rise buildings will be shipped on 45 degree racks or vertical on a drop deck trailer.

Expandable trailer with two double tees Expandable trailer with a 60' tall insulated wall p anel Expandable trailer with an 80' tall column 

Expandable trailer: An expandable trailer is capable of stretching from 48’ to 73’ long. This trailer is used for shipping walls, spandrels, columns, and double tees over 55’ long.

IES trailer with four IES panels with pre-installed windows IES Trailer with four IES panels and pre-installed windows

IES trailers: IES trailers are a new type of specialized trailer used specifically to ship up to four IES wall panels vertically on one trailer.

IES trailer with 14.5' wide IES panel on a 45 degree rack drop deck trailer

45 Degree rack: The 45 degree racks are used for shipping 12’ and 14’ wide panels that cannot be shipped flat. Generally, panels for high rise buildings will be shipped on 45 degree racks or vertical. The 45 degree racks attached to flat trailers or drop deck trailers.

Pole Trailer with 100' long double tee Pole trailer with 110' long double tee and safety escord

Pole trailers: Pole trailers are for shipping double tees longer than 75’ and can be used on double tees up to 110’ long.

With hundreds of trailers ready to use, Wells is prepared to ship any type of precast concrete building to your project.

Ben Dalsing P.E.
Plant Engineer