6x2 Trucks for Sale (931)

6×2 trucks all have three axles, only one of which is a drive axle. This sounds straightforward but becomes more complicated when you consider the types of trucks involved. On these pages we will consider 6×2 rigid trucks – including those pulling a drawbar trailer and tractor units –  the most popular type of truck sold in the UK. Read more detail below, but the basic principle is for a tractor unit to be able to have a train weigh of 44 tonnes in the UK it has to have three axles (and pull a three axle trailer). If there is no trailer involved, the maximum allowable weight in the UK is 26 tonnes gross vehicle weight.

Used 6×2 Trucks

As the 6×2 tractor unit is the most common type of truck used in the UK, there is always a huge range here at Truckpages from all manufacturers.  Conversely, most rigid trucks are either a 4×2 or an 8×4 (for distribution or tipper work respectively). Therefore there are relatively few 6×2 rigid trucks available in the used truck market.

Body
Tractor Unit - Standard
Make
Renault
Model
Range T
2015 Renault Range T T460.26 6X2 Tractor Unit. Euro 6. Direct from local haulage
company. Very well maintained, clean. Choice of 3. £16,950+Vat
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Body
Refrigerated Box
Make
Scania
Model
P Series
Location
Lot No: 186 6x2 - Rearlift - 10.1M - Carrier - Supra - 950 - Fridge - Box, - Tail - Lift MoT: 2022-11-30T00:00:00 .VAT on Hammer: Y. DIRECT FLEET NJ12VXR
For Auction at Protruck, Belton, Doncaster on 2022-07-06
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Body
Tractor Unit - Standard
Make
Scania
Model
R Series
Location
2012 Scania R440 6x2 Midlift Topline Tractor Unit. - 12 Speed Opticruise Gearbox. - Twin Fuel Tanks.� - Twin Bunks. - Full Wind Deflector Kit. - Radio/Stereo. - Excellent Condition. - We can organise shipping to any worldwide destination. - Contact for a quote. -
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Body
Tractor Unit - Standard
Make
Scania
Model
R Series
Location
2013 Scania R480 6x2 Midlift Topline Tractor Unit. - 12 Speed Opticruise Gearbox. - Twin Fuel Tanks. - Twin Bunks. - Full Wind Deflector Kit. - Radio/Stereo. - Excellent Condition. - We can organise shipping to any worldwide destination. - Contact for a quote. -
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Body
Crane
Make
Iveco
Model
Stralis
Crane
Rear Mounted
Location
IVECO STRALIS AD260S31 2013 (13) 6X2 REAR LIFT & STEER AXLE, 24' TRIPLE DROPSIDE BODY C/W REAR MOUNTED ATLAS 105.2 REMOTE CONTROLLED CRANE, BRICK GRAB, 2 EXTENSIONS, AUTO GEARBOX, EXHAUST BRAKE, CRUISE CONTROL, STEERING WHEEL CONTROLS, REAR AIR SUSPENSION, 175,000 MILES. ALL VEHICLES WILL BE...
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Body
Tractor Unit - Standard
Make
Iveco
Model
Stralis
Location
Lot No: 158 6x2 - Midlift - Unit MoT: 2022-08-31T00:00:00 .VAT on Hammer: Y. YJ11LMY
For Auction at Protruck, Belton, Doncaster on 2022-07-06
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Body
Tractor Unit - Standard
Make
DAF
Model
CF
Location
For Auction at Fleet Auction Group on 2022-07-13
Lot No: 45051 6.2m - BODY - LENGTH - Mid-Lift - CONFIGURATION - WITH - Air - SUSPENSION. ~ Gears: 0, Stereo: Radio, Interior: Cloth, Air Con, Cruise Control, Sunroof: Yes, Phone Kit: BlueTooth, Remote Central Locking ~1VAT Status: Commercial (plus...
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Body
Tractor Unit - Standard
Make
Mercedes
Model
Actros
Location
For Auction at Fleet Auction Group on 2022-07-13
Lot No: 45012 6.2m - BODY - LENGTH - Mid-Lift - CONFIGURATION - WITH - Air - SUSPENSION. ~ Gears: 0, Stereo: CD, Interior: Cloth, Air Con, Cruise Control, Sunroof: Yes, Phone Kit: Yes, Remote Central Locking ~1VAT Status: Commercial (plus VAT) MoT:...
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6×2 Rigid Trucks

These are trucks that, by definition, are not articulated (compared to tractor unit and semi-trailers which are articulated.)

The drive axles are distinguished by usually having two sets of wheels and tyres on each end of the axles.  This means that they are legally allowed to carry ten tonnes, as the load is spread over a greater surface and therefore does less damage to the roads.

The remaining two axles typically have just one wheel and tyre on each end of the axle.  This means the most that they can carry is eight tonnes each.

Some simple maths tells us that the most these trucks can carry is 2 x 8 plus 10 tonnes – or 26 tonnes Gross Vehicle Weight.

Lift vs Steer Axles

On a 6×2 rigid the front axle will always be a ‘steer’ axle, (otherwise going around corners would prove very difficult).  The other non-drive axle could be a steer axle – these are usually seen on vehicles with an urban duty cycle, such as refuse trucks.

A rear steer axle will generally make a truck more manoeuvrable.

Lift axles are employed to save on tyre wear when the truck is not running at full capacity. Using hydraulics, the axle is lifted clear of the floor.  Where the axle is located in front of the drive axle, this is known as a mid-lift axle – when it is at the rear then it is called a rear-steer or a tag-axle.

6×2 Drawbar Rigids

These trucks are simply a normal 6×2 rigid with a special drawbar coupling at the rear to allow them to pull a drawbar trailer. These are not classes as tractor units as they are not articulated with a fifth wheel coupling.  The trailers can stand on their own when decoupled as they typically have a minimum of two axles spaced centrally.

In addition to the coupling, rigid trucks that are set up to pull drawbar trailers will have more powerful engines, as the combination weight is approaching that of a tractor unit and semi-trailer in the UK at 40 tonnes gross train weight (GTW).

6×2 Articulated Tractor Units

These are the most common type of truck on the UK’s roads.  Unlike through the rest of Europe, tractor units with this extra axle (most continental tractor units are just 4×2) means that they can legally carry an extra four tonnes GVW in the UK (44 vs 40 tonnes).

In terms of operating efficiency these trucks are typically preferred for all except high volume, low weight operations (think carrying polystyrene).

6×2 tractor units can also have a choice of lift axles – mid or rear lift axles.

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