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 tractor unit at 150 tonnes.
Used DAF Trucks
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.
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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.
Who Owns DAF Trucks?
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.
Brief DAF History
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.
In addition to the LF45 there was the LF55 which used the same cab, but the larger engine and went from over 12 tonnes to 18 tonnes GVW. Read more about the LF and its variants on the DAF LF Pages.
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.
How did DAF get on in Lockdown Year 2020?
Here’s DAF’s corporate video for 2020 highlighting the challenges and the successes.
Explaining the DAF Axle Configuration Naming
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.
DAF Rigid Chassis Axle Configuration Naming
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.
DAF Tractor Unit Axle Configuration Naming
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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UK DAF Dealer group, Lawrence Vehicles Ltd. – which comprises the Lancashire DAF and Lothian DAF dealerships plus two TRP all-makes parts shops – has picked-up the manufacturer’s pan-European, International Dealer of the Year award. The team of British dealer group Lawrence Vehicles Ltd. has been awarded 'DAF International Dealer of the Year 2021’ for being the benchmark in customer service, among others. Managing Director Paul Entwistle (front, with Award) is incredibly proud. Further awards for DAF Dealers based in the UK were presented to Chassis Cab in East Anglia which scooped the PACCAR Financial Europe International Dealer of the…>
As we enjoy the benefits of more and more online systems in everyday life, DAF have increased the functionality of their DAF Connect system. Changing subscription settings plus integration into 3rd party management systems are the key benefits. DAF Trucks is once again adding new functionality to the online DAF Connect Fleet Management System. Increasing Vehicle Parc More and more trucks coming off DAF’s production line are equipped with the DAF Connect on-line fleet management platform. DAF’s easy to use on-line fleet management system provides insight into the performance of trucks, drivers and logistics processes, anytime and anywhere. The data…>
Following last week’s news of a 340k DAF XF Wrecker going to Alpha Recovery, this week we get the news of a new £350k DAF CF recovery truck conversion delivered to North-west truck recovery specialist, Jackson’s Recovery. The 80-tonne DAF CF 530 eight-wheeler is the company’s new fleet flagship truck and will sit alongside their 17 year old DAF CF85.430 6x2 wrecker which is still working hard today. DAF CF 530 8x4 joins 17-year-old DAF CF 85.430 six-wheeler in family-run business The DAF CF Wrecker’s Specification The CF 530 is based on DAF’s ‘FAD’ 8x4 axle configuration, plated at 80-tonnes…>
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. Used DAF...
The XF95 is now a little long in the tooth for UK operation. It was launched as the 95 Series in 1987 and finally discontinued in 2005 with the launch of the XF95 - which itself has been replaced by the XF Series.
There are plenty of truck buyers who would like an XF95, especially the Super Space Cab version that was available with a 14-litre Cummins back in 1994.
These trucks are a minimum of fifteen years old so will be appearing at shows and in museums only...