Engines are shipped across the country every day, especially by eBay sellers and professional rebuilding companies. The most reliable and cost effective courier method of an engine is via pallet. They are often heavy and bulky, particularly if gearboxes are attached. This means they need to utmost care when transporting them. There are a few rules that must be followed to ensure that your engine is transported safely.
Particular care must be taken when shipping engines. You must also adhere to rules and regulations regarding the shipping of engines and gearboxes in order to minimise problems. For example, all fluid must be drained from the engine/gearbox, as otherwise they can leak and contaminate other shipments or equipment and transportation. you also need to make sure the engine or gearbox is securely fastened. These safety guidelines are to prevent problems and should be strictly adhered to.
Good and bad examples of palletised engines for guidance.
This is what can happen when engines are not shipped correctly!
Tied with rope is not a good way to secure an engine on the pallet. The rope can stretch, come loose, or a once secure knot may not be as secure once in transit. We do not recommend or accept rope tied engines.
Strapped tightly to the pallet. Ideally should have rags/mats underneath, but it is drained and is a ‘clean’ engine, it is not wet with oil.
Plastic band strapped engine. 4 plastic straps done by machine and tight. Engine sits flat on pallet, no tyre needed. Ideally should be sat on rags/mat, but not needed as engine is drained, and is very clean. Straps could benefit from protection, but if bands touch smooth areas then are ok.