These pages are full of 4×2 trucks for sale. That means that all of the trucks on these pages have just two axles.
The maximum gross vehicle weight for these trucks is 18 tonnes. This is usually made up of a 10-tonne rear axle and an 8-tonne front axle.
The most common sized 4×2 truck is the 7.5 tonner (as in image below), but an increasing number of businesses are opting for heavier 4×2 rigids for larger payloads.
How does that work with a 4×2 tractor unit?
They still have a gross vehicle weight of 18 tonnes as they only have 2 axles, but when towing a trailer the train weight can be much higher than this. The ‘Gross Train Weight’ (GTW) or Gross Combined Weight (GCW) is the maximum legal weight of the truck, trailer and load combined.
With a 3-axle semi-trailer and a it is possible to have a 4×2 tractor unit with a GTW of 40 tonnes in the UK for normal operation.
This covers everything from the smallest van to an 18-tonne, 30ft box truck. If it has two axles (and is not a all wheel drive) then it’s a 4×2.
Now it’s easy to see where we get the term 4×4!
To work a sweeper longer and harder, more water is needed. This means that a larger payload and gross vehicle weight is required. That’s the motivation behind plant hire, groundworks and recycled aggregate specialist Buntons’ choice of an 18-tonne Arocs for their latest sweeper. The Arocs was bodied by Stock Sweepers, of Cinderford, Gloucestershire, which fitted its S8400 dual and simultaneous sweeping equipment The 18-tonne Arocs road sweeper is now working alongside the Bradford-based operator’s other sweeper, which is based on a 15-tonne Atego chassis. Buntons also runs 10 eight-wheeled tippers, five of which were supplied by the same Dealer…>
WHC Hire Services, a company specialising in the supply of large plant to contractors, civil engineers, groundwork firms, builders and other commercial clients, is upgrading its fleet with two new Volvo FE 4x2 rigids. The 18-tonne FEs are mounted with beavertail bodies and replace smaller trucks from a rival manufacturer, allowing the company to transport larger equipment, such as excavators and dumpers from its plants in Tewkesbury, Cotswolds and Worcester. The 18-tonne FEs are mounted with beavertail bodies and replace smaller trucks from a rival manufacturer Jack Clutterbuck, Depot Manager at WHC Hire Services, says: “We update our trucks every…>
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