As runaway UK market leader you would expect there to be tonnes of used DAF trucks for sale at Truckpages – and you’d be right.
With over 30% of the new truck market for over a decade, DAF trucks have become a firm favourite with UK truck operators. It is unlikely that any manufacturer gets to this level of dominance without a good product plus great dealer backup and support.
You can find a DAF truck for every duty cycle as they cover the whole range from a 7.5 tonne LF to a heavy haulage XF or XG tractor unit at 150 tonnes.
Perhaps what appeals most to truck operators is that all the right hand drive DAF trucks for sale in the UK are assembled in the UK in Leyland, Lancashire.
The most important part of the mix is the truck itself. DAF spend their R&D money wisely – they have not thrown money away on developing brand new cabs – they are essentially just square boxes. The XF cab, for
example originates back in 1987!
What they do is work on realistic improvements to their driveline and aerodynamics. They are rarely first to market with a brand-new invention, but when they bring new technology on board, operators can be confident that it will work.
DAF is owned by American Fortune 200 corporation, PACCAR. They sell plenty of trucks under their other brands worldwide as well, including Kenworth and Peterbilt.
This is a company that has NEVER made a loss in 80 year trading history and has brought DAF back from near extinction in the late 1990’s to become a European truck manufacturing powerhouse.
DAF is a Dutch company, founded back in 1928 and has made buses, cars and trucks over the years. There were plenty of ups and downs, but after the low point of bankruptcy in 1996 after a failed run with the UK’s Leyland (remember Leyland DAF trucks?).
Since this time, the business has thrived with a straightforward range of three cabs, but thousands of variants – lengths, weights, axle configurations and driveline choices.
Even during the 2020 Covid pandemic the company managed to increase market share in the UK.
DAF’s lightweight truck from 7.5 tonnes to 18 tonnes GVW. The smaller models can be driven on a car licence (if the driver is old enough to have Granddad’s rights…) The LF shares a cab with the Renault Midlum/ Range D – in fact, the DAF LF cab is made in the Renault factory in France. Assembly takes place in Leyland in the UK for our right hand drive models.
Older pre-Euro 6 models in the LF range had an extra set of numbers in the model, so a 7.5 tonne LF prior to 2014 would have been called an LF45.180 instead of simply LF180 as they are today.
The mid-range cab which is used mainly for local distribution but can also be configured as a sleeper cabbed tractor unit with a high roof for distance haulage. The CF is a favourite with tipper operators thanks to the reliability and payloads that are available when configured as an eight wheeler.
Prior to the introduction of the Euro 6 range in 2014, the CF had additional numbers in the model (an easy way to tell if the truck you are looking at meets the Euro 6 standard). Prior to 2014 you would be buying a CF65.220 instead of a CF220. There were also CF75 and CF85 variants. These extra numbers originally determined the engine sizes, but with the simplification of the ranges of engines, this has no longer become necessary.
The largest truck cab in the DAF range – usually seen on UK roads in tractor unit guise, the XF cab originally started out in the DAF 95 back in the 1990’s – although you would never realise it from the modern look of today’s 44-tonne tractor units.
As with the smaller cabbed models, the XF had a name change for the Euro 6 (new shape) versions in 2014. Prior to this, the XF105 was the main model number – giving you an XF105.460 that was replaced by a more simple XF460.
The XF now has a choice of Space cab and Super Space cab (high roof sleeper version). You can read more about these models on our dedicated DAF XF pages.
A brand new cab for the XF in 2021 and new driveline as a major upgrade. This puts the XF behind the new XG in the model range.
Launched in the UK towards the end of 2021 the XG uses the new ‘large’ cab that replaces the ageing XF (pre-2021 model). DAF were the first manufacturer to take advantage of the regulation changes governing overall vehicle length. As a result, the new XG cab is much larger than any available on the market at the time.
Launched with changes to the drivetrain and an optional mirror camera system, the XG was pricier than the XF that it superseded.
The XG+ (or XG Plus) is the top of the range version of the XG and has a larger still cab. All driveline choices are the same as the XG – it is simply a bigger cab.
Here’s DAF’s corporate video for 2020 highlighting the challenges and the successes.
Have you ever wondered why you can have a FAT, FAG, FAR, FAN, FAX and FAT DAF truck? In addition to the model groups, such as the LF, CF and XF, DAF have a naming convention for the axle configuration.
It’s not all as straightforward as just a 6×2. How do we know where the extra axle is? Does this axle steer? Below is the handy guide with images produced by DAF to explain the differences.
Can’t be easier – that’s a standard 4×2 rigid – available across the whole range from LF to XF.
Now it’s getting trickier – a 6×2 with a non-steering rear non-drive axle with single wheels. Available across the whole CF & XF ranges.
Here’s a mouthful – a 6×2 with a non-steering rear non-drive axle with double wheels at the rear. Available across the whole CF & XF ranges.
Still on the 6×2 but with a mid-mounted steering, non-drive axle with single wheels. Only available on the MX-11 versions of the CF range.
This is a 6×2 with a rear-mounted steering single axle, single wheels. Available across the whole CF & XF ranges.
The FAT boy is a traditional 6×4 double drive. That’s easy. Available on the larger-engined CF and all XF trucks.
The FAK is an 8×2 in ‘Tridem’ configuration with three rear axles with the middle one of the three driven, the rear one non-steering with double wheels and the front one a single steering axle.
Not so frequently asked – another 8×2 ‘Tridem’. This time a central driven axle surrounded by two steering, single wheel axles. Only available on CF range with the MX-11 and MX-13 engines.
More traditional now – an 8×2 with two forward steering axles – at the rear a driven axle followed by a non-steering twin wheel non-drive axle.
The last of the 8×2 – again two forward steering axles – at the rear a drive axle followed by a steering, single wheel axle. Only available on CF range with the MX-11 and MX-13 engines.
The only 8×4 format – old school with two front steering axles and two rear drive axles. Available on the larger-engined CF and all XF trucks.
Whilst the DAF rigids all start with FA – the tractor units all start with FT (Forward control Tractor unit).
There are fewer options but can still get tricky!
Just a straightforward 4×2 – available across the range from LF to XF
This is a 6×2 midlift, but the mid axle is smaller and does not steer. Available on CF and XF ranges.
A 6×2 rear lift with a standard sized, non steering rear axle. Available on CF and XF ranges.
A 10-tyre 6×2 two sets of double wheels with the first set driven. Available on CF and XF ranges.
Probably the most common of all, a 6×2 tractor unit with midlift steering axle. Available on CF and XF ranges.
A 6×2 tractor unit with a steering rear axle with single wheels. Available on CF and XF ranges.
A straightforward 6×4 double drive tractor unit. Available on CF and XF ranges.
The big guns. An 8×4 tractor unit with a Tridem configuration, rear two axles both driving and first axle a single, steering one.
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Leyland Trucks is to participate in a project designed to help UK operators make the transition to battery electric trucks. A total of 20 DAF LF Electric 19-tonne rigids, together with the required charging infrastructure, will be fitted with data logging equipment and used to support the UK Government’s Department for Transport (DfT) efforts to encourage the use of battery electric vehicles in commercial transport. An interactive website will inform future fleet operator buying decisions and help stimulate the sale of battery electric trucks. The project is scheduled to commence this summer. To support operators in understanding the costs and…>
If you are Europe’s largest operator of a particular type of truck then it’s only fair that you get to play with the new toys before any other kid in the playground. That’s why the new DAF XF looks a little premature already wearing Turners of Soham livery well before production of the trucks has even commenced. Turners has taken delivery of their New Generation DAF XF 450 FTG 6x2 tractor unit as part of the latest phase of DAF’s extensive Europe-wide ‘pre-production’ field test programme Turners’ New Generation DAF XF joins a fleet of 1200 vehicles, of which 750…>
It seems that Cardiff-based international freight forwarders, Freight Systems Express Wales (FSEW) is well ahead of the curve. The business is aiming to be carbon ‘net-zero’ before 2025 and their first major step is to invest in a pair of DAF CF tractor units – a trial before an order for a further 10 units is placed. This is the UK’s first order for battery electric heavy tractor units, as well as a first order for DAF Trucks and its new zero-emissions product offering. The order was rubberstamped last week at the ITT Hub exhibition and conference in Farnborough, where…>
The first ‘Innovation and Technology in Transport’ show finally took place at the end of June at Farnborough airport. The show had been postponed thanks to Covid pandemic, but was well worth waiting for. DAF used the show as their opportunity to get their new XG range of long distance cabs in front of the cameras and customers, whilst more truck makers attended than we can remember showing at the CV Show in a long time. The truck manufacturers stands were relatively low key – but so much the better for it – more informal and easy to wander around.…>
The new shape Euro 6 DAF CF is the middleweight truck in DAF's three-strong truck range. The CF has gross vehicle weights starting at 18 tonnes and going right up to 32 tonnes for the eight wheel operation and 44 tonnes as a 6x2 tractor unit.
On these pages you will find details of the new shape CF trucks launched in the UK for 2014 onwards. Buyers of older models should be looking at the older naming convention - there were CF 65, CF75 and CF85 trucks prior to 2014 - all of which running at Euro 5 or below.
Used DAF CF Trucks
Since 2007, truck operators can buy ready-bodied DAF CF...
The CF65 was DAF’s smallest middleweight truck operating in the 18 tonnes GVW range as a 4x2 rigid.
Launched back in 1998 the truck was originally branded the 65CF and was part of a range overhaul at the time. Prior to this there was the 75 and 85 series which were replaced by the 65CF, 75CF and the 85CF. The numbering was not related to power output or swept engine volume – suggestions on a postcard please.
The back to front numbering only lasted a couple of years as the 2000 facelift saw the CF65 arrive. In 2006 the Euro 4 version of the CF65 was launched – the most popular...
The CF75 sat in the middle of DAF’s CF middleweight truck range operating at 26 tonnes GVW as a 6x2 rigid primarily. Launched back in 1998 the truck was originally branded the 75CF and was part of a range overhaul at the time.
Prior to this there was the 75 and 85 series which were replaced by the 65CF, 75CF and the 85CF. The numbering was not related to power output or swept engine volume – suggestions on a postcard please.
The back to front numbering only lasted a couple of years as the 2000 facelift saw the CF75 arrive. In 2006 the Euro 4 version of the CF75 was launched –...
The CF85 was DAF’s heavy-duty truck using the middleweight CF cab. These trucks would typically be 8x4 tippers or hookloaders or configured as tractor units for high payload, local distance operation – think tankers etc. as the cabs are lighter than the long-distance DAF XF cabs.
The CF85 was available with a Space cab option, so longer distances were a possibility, as the truck shared many of the major components with the top-end DAF XF.
Used DAF CF85 Trucks
Most CF85 trucks on the used market are tractor units - especially the 460hp CF85.460 model variant which outnumbers the...
The DAF GS (more accurately the Leyland DAF GS) was supplied to the UK military from 1990 until they were retired in 2014 - although there are still some in operation today.
The 4x4 truck is usually configured as a dropside - for carrying loads as well as personnel. Often configured with a crew cab, the trucks shared much of their underpinnings with the DAF 45 series (later becoming the LF45 series).
Often referred to as the 4-tonne truck, the GS stands for General Service the replacements were the much larger MAN HX60 trucks.
Used Leyland DAF GS 4-Tonne Trucks
There are relatively...
The DAF LF range of trucks is the smallest truck made by DAF. Available in the UK from 7.5 tonnes to 12 tonnes GVW. Operators love to buy these trucks as they are reliable, there are plenty of them (DAF have been UK market leaders for well over a decade) and the dealer support is excellent nationwide.
Used DAF LF Trucks
There is always a great selection of used DAF LF 7.5 tonners for sale here at Truckpages - it is the Ford Focus of the truck world no one aspires to have one, but they are pleased when they do. The LF makes a great box van or curtainsider for local distribution and is...
The DAF LF45 was the smallest truck in the DAF range and was discontinued at the end of 2013 when the new model naming convention came into play. The truck still exists with the same cab, albeit with modernised panels and Euro 6 engines.
If you need a Euro 6 truck for entering the Low Emission Zones, then you should be looking at the Euro 6 DAF LF trucks for sale - if not, and your budget is not huge, then an LF45 will definitely still do the job.
Used DAF LF45 Trucks
The truck was mainly sold in the UK as a 7.5 tonner - the driver licence rules meant that anything heavier meant that...
The DAF LF55 is used further up the weight range than the LF45 with which it shares a cab. Typically operative up to 18 tonnes GVW, the LF55 has a 6-cylinder engine instead of the LF45's 4-pot, (Although the LF45 can be specified with the 6-cylinder if needed).
Used DAF LF55 Trucks
The LF55 was discontinued at the end of 2013 when the new model naming convention came into play. The truck still exists with the same cab, albeit with modernised panels and Euro 6 engines.
If you need a Euro 6 truck for entering the Low Emission Zones, then you should be looking at the Euro 6 DAF LF...
The DAF XF range has been a best seller throughout Europe since its original inception as the 95 way back in 1987.
The new shape right-hand drive Euro 6 XFs that we buy in the UK are all assembled here at DAF’s assembly plant at Leyland. As DAF are UK market leader, you can be sure that when you buy a used new shape DAF XF there will be plenty of available parts from a well-organised dealer network.
The trucks themselves are put together using proven components and, as you would expect, the levels of comfort, noise and gadgets have increased over the years as new models are...
The DAF XF105 is DAF Trucks' heavyweight offering. Available from 18 to 44 tonnes GVW it was launched in 2005 in time for the Euro 4 standards.
It replaced the XF95 with which it shares the same basic cab structure - a design originally launched in 1987.
The XF105 production lasted until the end of 2013 when it was replaced by the Euro 6 version - simply called the XF.
DAF dropped the '105'- type numbering from the model and concentrated purely on the horsepower of the truck (like many other manufacturers at the time). The new XF models are simply XF460 for example.
With production from the end of 2021, the new top of the range truck from DAF has finally arrived. With a brand new cab design - the first for the XF-type range since the 1990s, the brand new XG range will has set some new standards for cab design.
The relaxing of certain length rules means that DAF are the first out with the cab designed to meet these new criteria. That's what makes the new XG range particularly exciting.
DAF are continuing with their XF range, but, as with Scania and their 'S', DAF are introducing the premium XG and going one further with the XG+ range.
Used DAF XG...