There is always a good selection of used drawbar combination trucks for sale at Truckpages. The flexible configuration of using a high-powered rigid truck with a body and matching drawbar trailer is very popular on continental Europe, but in the UK we tend to favour the tractor unit and semi-trailer combination.
Nonetheless, there are many duty cycles that make the drawbar combination more useful – even in the UK. These tend to be swap body operations -using demountable box bodies for example or when a trailer is added for a trunk operation and left so deliveries can be made with the rigid. Once empty the drawbar rigid can then swap bodies with the drawbar trailer to continue delivering.
Additional driver training is needed as these trucks are different (and some say difficult) to reverse and will take some getting used to if the driver has never driven a drawbar combination before.
If you are buying a rigid for use as a drawbar combination, make sure there is already a drawbar coupling fitted to avoid the cost of adding yourself. Check that the coupling is suitable for the trailer you will be using, including the electrics that are needed.
If in doubt, carry out a test drive and take the truck to your trailer to be 100% sure and take the drawbar combination on a test drive.
Make sure that the truck is powerful enough for the gross train weight (GTW) intended – check the manufacturers plate that the GTW is sufficient for your needs. Think of the truck more as a tractor unit in terms of specification – so a minimum 450 engine will be a must if you are thinking about operation at the maximum 40 tonnes GTW.