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.
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 flexible enough to work as a 7.5 tonne tipper – a typical builder’s merchant truck.
For operators needing a larger payloads from a DAF truck, they should consider the next size up, the DAF CF. DAF’s top end model is the XF – typically used as a tractor unit in the UK.
2015 (65) DAF LF45 150, Day Cab, Euro6 Automatic Gearbox, 14ft Solomon Refrigerated Body, Side Loading Door, Carrier Xarios 600 Fridge Unit, Temperature Control Unit, Transcan, Overnight Standby, Factory Fitted...
When buying a used DAF LF, as with other trucks, it is important to know the milestones for the new engines or facelifts, so you don’t end up buying the wrong one for the job. The DAF LF’s history starts back in 1985, although anyone looking to buy an LF (600-, 800 or 1000 series as they were called) from that era will be buying for a museum, rather than for going to work.
1985 – the 600, 800 & 1000 series Launched
The precursor to the LF series and immediately recognisable is the 600, 800 and 1000 series which took over from the outgoing 500, 700 and 900 series. Check out the image below of the 1000 series and you can still see the basic cab that is available in the modern LF trucks of today. This cab was shared with Leyland (then a UK company) that branded their truck as the Roadrunner.
1999 – 45 Series Launched
Originally launched as the 45 series (with larger brother the 55 series using the same cab).
2001 – New LF45 Range Launched
Available from 6 to 18 tonnes (although favoured at 7.5 tonnes in the UK, the modern looking LF took the UK by storm with the cab shared with the Renault Midlum and manufactured in the Renault plant.
2002 The DAF LF Wins Truck for the Year
With a new design and engines, this bestseller had to take the title for truck on the year in its first year of sales.
2006 – Euro 4 DAF LF launched
As with all other DAF trucks, the LF range got a facelift and revised engines for Euro 4. In fact DAF, like most manufacturers made Euro 5 available early, so relatively few Euro 4 trucks were sold.
2008 – DAF LF EEV
The LF was now available as an EEV as standard. (Enhanced Environmentally Friendly Vehicle.)
2009 – Facelift for the LF
New interior of the LF was renewed with some teaks to the outside.
2010- DAF LF Hybrid Launched
DAF were very early in the diesel hybrid game with a display of a hybrid 12 tonne LF as far back as 2010. These subsequently never went into serous production as the market was not calling for them, despite CO2 reductions available.
2011 – 100,000th DAF LF Produced
No mean feat making this many trucks at DAF’s assembly facility at Leyland in Lancashire.
2013 – New Euro 6 DAF LF Launched
With much fanfare, DAF launched their whole Euro 6 range at Birmingham’s CV show in 2013. The trucks themselves were better on fuel and looked much more modern than the outgoing Euro 5 models. No new cab, keeping the now well-tried and tested cab that has been used with Rentualt for many years. The driveline technology is all new.
2014 DAF LF Aerobody Launched
The LF Aerobody was a 12-tonne distribution truck delivered ex-works with an aerodynamic PACCAR body. Combined with a specially developed set of spoilers and bumpers, a significant saving on both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions was possible.
2016 – DAF LF Facelift
New drivelines and aerodynamic package and a wider choice of wheelbases became available in 2017 for the LF. Enhanced software and better heat and air management in the exhaust gas after treatment system, make the 4.5-litre PACCAR PX-5 engine up to 5% more fuel efficient.
2017 LF Pure Excellence
A new 3.8 litre PACCAR PX4 engine at 156 and 172hp. This smaller swept volume engine was aimed at urban operation, where lightweight and low emission engines rule supreme. Changes included chrome strips on the grille and a new logo panel, with the letters ‘DAF’ in chrome outlines
Latest DAF LF News
Dealer Support Sells 25 DAF Trucks to Support Company
If a company’s sole business is to supply support services, you would expect it to know a thing or two about providing support. So it is high praise indeed when specialist support-vehicle provider to the TV and film industry, Facilities by ADF, praises their local DAF dealer to such an extent that they have decided to only buy DAF trucks in the future. The company is expanding its exclusively DAF fleet with an additional 25 trucks to deliver on-location support for shows including The Crown, War of the Worlds, Peaky Blinders and the Marvel film franchise. The DAF Trucks come…>
Daf will start to manufacture their fully electric, 19-tonne LF at their factory in Leyland from May this year. With a payload & body allowance of 11.7 tonnes, this compares favourably with a 18-tonne CF. With a 5.4m wheelbase, a diesel-engine CF300 (220kW) weighs in at 6,762kgs giving a body and payload allowance of 11,238kgs – the Road Vehicles (Authorised Weight) and (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 allows an extra one tonne on top of the standard 18 tonnes GVW for electric trucks. So, even a DAF LF at 18 tonnes with the smaller 7-litre PACCAR diesel at 290HP…>
Not only are DAF runaway UK market leaders in truck sales, they are the only business that assembles trucks here. Leyland Trucks is the PACCAR-owned facility that makes almost all right hand drive DAF trucks in the world. So, it is great news that the company has announced that they have just seen the 200,000th LF chassis roll off the production line. DAF LF number 200,000 rolls off the production line at Leyland Trucks. In front of cab from l-to-r: Peter Jukes, Leyland Trucks Operations Director, with Matthew Clayton from DAF Dealer Lancashire DAF receiving the vehicle keys from Leyland…>
With all the COVID news and the U.S. Presidential election shenanigans bombarding us by the minute, Brexit news takes a poor third place at the moment. Nonetheless it will be upon us shortly and the Government is due to announce details of any deal (or lack of one) to be made by the 15th October. With the majority of trucks bought and operated in the UK manufactured in the EU uncertainty in the new truck market is rife at present. Leyland Trucks Plant in Lancashire, UK With UK-based assembly facilities, DAF Trucks has pledged that prices on all new UK…>
While the country is basking in temperatures above 30 degrees, there are businesses preparing for the colder weather to come. One such company is Econ Engineering Ltd. – the UK’s largest manufacturer of gritters and salt spreading vehicles. They have taken delivery of eight new DAF LF 260 ‘Construction’ 4x2 rigid dry-spreaders with the extended day cab to service its customer contract with Egis Road Operation M40 Ltd. Supplied through DAF Dealer, Lancashire DAF, and acquired through PACCAR Financial, the eight new dry spreaders will enter service with Egis to ensure the maintenance of the M40 motorway during the winter…>