What is Power-Only Trucking?
This services is an industry term that is used when an independent truck driver uses his truck tractor to transport your trailer that you have either leased or purchased from the manufacturer or auction. Since more logistics companies move about three times the amount of trailers as tractors, there is usually a need for power-only shipping bc of the vast demand of trailer moves. It is a great transport method for cost effectiveness and efficiency.
When would you need power only transport services?
A lot of times trailers are actually used as storage rather than just moving cargo from point A to B. The potential issue you run into is its a bit more of a challenge to find a trucking company that will just leave their trailer without charging their down time not making money out on the road. Power-Only trucking now becomes a trend that addresses this issue for the client and the cargo haulers.
There are situations where some trailers are designed to remain static in one place for a duration of time. If you own any of the following trailers, power-only shipping might be the most ideal option for you.
- job sites, both for offices and equipment storage,
- heavy equipment that is occasionally moved,
- hosting modifications to run specialized equipment,
- exhibits and promotions,
- or disaster relief or mobile operation centers.
Each of these situations feature scenarios where having a trailer full time is necessary, but running a tractor is neither necessary nor cost effective. The cost of staffing a driver alone would be excessive without even mentioning the cost to purchase and maintain a tractor. Power-only shipping is instead, considered a rather thrifty option for someone who requires it. The market is large and competitive; there are many drivers willing to take on a power-only haul when if they have no other work at the time. There are also many power-only haulers who operate solely in this market, and possess specially fitted tractors that are capable of hauling nearly any type of trailer.
How do you use power-only shipping?
How does a power only truck work for several different trailer combinations? These trucks utilize an adjustable fifth wheel that helps the truck fit to your trailers dimensions and specifications. Depending on the weight loads and standard size load versus oversize loads, standard axle units as well as four-axle units can be available to suit your needs. Knowing certain specifications about your load and weight will help smooth out some of the guesswork when choosing which power only truck will work best for you. This service is great for companies that have more trailers that need moved that trucks available to move them. It also works great for companies that have unexpected cargo that needs moved but nobody available to transport with their trucking resources.
Benefits of Power Only Shipping
- Control – With power only you have an extra degree of control since you own the trailer that is being transported. Also, similar to drop trailers, you don’t have to get to the trailer immediately, you can wait if you need to.
- Cost Saving – Hiring on a truck driver and buying a tractor can be pretty pricey, especially if you would only need them for 2 months out of the year. By using power only shipping, you are able to rent out these additional services when you need them.
Price Affecting Factors
Power only shipping has some unique factors that will end up affecting the price. It is important that you know these so that you can plan accordingly and make the most of your transportation budget. Additionally, you can partner with a third-party-logistics company that will be able to help you with any problem.
- Deadhead distance – Deadhead in shipping is when the truck driver is driving without any load or fright attached. So, in power only it is how long the driver must travel in order to get to the pickup point and what kind of market they up delivering the trailer in, as a driver it’s better to be in a major hub looking for a load than the middle of nowhere.
- Weight and size – These are the big two factors that will impact how much your shipment costs. Weight impacts fuel usage by the truck which is obviously a big factor when determining the price of shipping.
Power Only FAQs
- Should I hire numerous drivers to move all of my trailers at once?
This will usually end up being more expensive than just hiring one driver to go back and forth (depending on the deadhead distance). If it is a short run then it’s better to just hire out 1 driver for the day to go back and forth.
- Is Power only shipping always cheaper?
It is not, even though you own the trailer power only shipping can be more expensive than shipping a dry van for the same distance. This mostly comes down to the fact that the driver is going to have to drive for some amount of distance without freight.