DAF are the UK’s runaway market leader. As you would expect therefore, DAF tractor units are extremely popular on the UK’s used truck market. The DAF XF is the tractor unit to have for long distance work, especially with the Super Space Cab option, whilst the practical DAF CF Tractor unit is typically used for more local operations – although this cab is also available as a Space Cab so should not be dismissed out of hand – think of the extra payload available! Both models can be specified as 4×2, 6×2 or 6×4 tractor units, although by far and away the most common on the UK’s roads and in Truckpages for sale is the 6×2 version.
If you are hoping to enter into any of the low emission zones now or in the near future, then you need to consider buying DAF tractor units made after 2013. These not the XF105 and CF85 models, but the versions distinguishable by the larger headlights and the more simple model descriptions, for example XF460 (note the missing ‘105’).
These later models are all at Euro 6.
It is worth explaining the chassis layouts available and the extra terms given by DAF for their tractor unit chassis. Read more below.
There are still plenty of DAF XF105 tractor units available for sale – remember none of these are at the Euro 6 emissions standards so beware if buying these for operation near a low emission zone like the ULEZ.
If you are after a Euro 6 DAF tractor unit then forget the XF105 – it has to be a post 2013 model now called just ‘XF’. Most popular amongst these is the XF510 – recently updated to the XF530 with the earlier, pre 2018 model fleet option being the XF460.
The CF Tractor unit was better known as the CF85 until 2014 where, like the XF, it lost a few numbers and now is simply known as the CF followed by the power output. The most popular of these Euro 6 versions are the CF440 of the CF85.410 in old money.
So, we know that a DAF XF460 is a 460 horsepower DAF truck with an XF cab. Most of these types of trucks were sold as tractor units – so why are there always more letters involved when advertised by a (knowledgeable) DAF dealer?
It’s all about the axle configuration.
Here goes an explanation:
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