If you need the manoeuvrability of a 6×2 but with a 32 tonne gross vehicle weight then take a leaf out of timber and builders’ merchant, North West Timber Treatments (NWTT) and consider the specification of an 8×2 with a ‘Tridem’ configuration instead of the more common two axles at the front and two at the rear.

Additional equipment fitted to the truck includes Hiab crane and a specialist body designed and fitted by Forshaw Engineering. The vehicle was supplied by local DAF Dealer, Lancashire DAF.

DAF CF inside
New truck fitted with Hiab crane and purpose-designed body from Forshaw Engineering

The new CF will complement NWTT’s existing fleet of 6×2 vehicles operating on timber and building product drops to clients across Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, and Lancashire.

It’s all about Access

Enhanced manoeuvrability was a key factor in NWTT’s decision to specify the truck with DAF’s FAQ 8×2 axle configuration. The ‘steer-steer-drive-steer’ tridem arrangement allows access to a greater number of customer locations, where space is often restricted and where frequent, complex manoeuvres are demanded. NWTT says that the new DAF CF eight-wheeler can match its 6×2 rigids for manoeuvrability, and with the benefit of an increase to 32-tonne GVW operation, saving time and money on bulk deliveries and multiple drops.

DAF Tridem Bogie
Enhanced manoeuvrability delivered by DAF’s 8×2 ‘FAQ’ tridem axle configuration

Rough Terrain

Due to the nature of NWTT’s work, its trucks can often be found operating fully laden over unprepared surfaces. Despite this, the new DAF CF has already proven itself to be a durable and reliable addition to the fleet. When considered against the assurance of a high residual value, the truck represents value-for-money for the timber merchant.

The new CF has been well received by the firm’s drivers, all of whom are used to driving NWTT’s DAF-dominated fleet. Not only have they reported goodfuel economy from the PACCAR MX-13 engine, but all are enjoying the spacious and cab.

DAF CF with crane
“By working with DAF, Forshaw Engineering and Hiab on the truck, body and crane, we’ve created an exacting specification…” North West Timber Treatments’ Sam Mayor

Loyal DAF Buyer

“We couldn’t be happier with our new DAF,” explains Sam Mayor, Director of NWTT. “We’ve been really well served by our existing DAF fleet, so when the time came to specify a brand-new vehicle, we knew we wanted a DAF. By ordering new, it has allowed us to tailor the truck specifically to our needs. DAF’s tridem set-up,” adds Sam, “is helping to make us more efficient. By working with DAF, Forshaw Engineering and Hiab on the truck, body and crane, we’ve created an exacting specification. The service we’ve received from all three companies has been excellent and our local DAF dealer, Lancashire DAF, was there to support us throughout the whole purchasing process.”

Established in 1989, NWTT quickly established itself as a leading regional supplier of timber and building materials to the trade and public. The firm now operates from a purpose-built 11-acre site in Ashton-in-Makerfied and is supported by satellite depots in Manchester, St. Helens, Skelmersdale and Rossendale.