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.
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.
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.
Originally launched as the 45 series (with larger brother the 55 series using the same cab).
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.
With a new design and engines, this bestseller had to take the title for truck on the year in its first year of sales.
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.
The LF was now available as an EEV as standard. (Enhanced Environmentally Friendly Vehicle.)
New interior of the LF was renewed with some teaks to the outside.
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.
No mean feat making this many trucks at DAF’s assembly facility at Leyland in Lancashire.
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.
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.
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.
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
Made at the Leyland factory, DAF launched a 175 mile range LF using LFP batteries (Lithium Ferro Phosphate) and weighing in at 7.3 tonnes unladen.
It seems that electric trucks are not just future pie in the sky, market leader, DAF Trucks has started to roll out training for electrical vehicles across their network of dealers. They are waiting for deliveries of right-hand-drive LF Electric and CF Electric vehicles for UK customers in the coming weeks. The training is being delivered at the DAF Academy based at DAF Trucks’ UK head office in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire. It forms part of a comprehensive programme of activities to prepare the DAF Dealer network for the uptake of EVs, with significant investment going into tooling and charging infrastructure, as…>
If you think that we don’t make trucks in this country, think again. The US, PACCAR-owned Leyland Trucks is churning out every DAF truck in the range at a pace. So much so that the Lancashire-based manufacturer has celebrated the production of its 500,000th vehicle. The half million milestone truck – a 16-tonne GVW DAF LF 210 – was handed over to customer, Minoli, at a special production line ceremony on 2nd December. The DAF LF 210 is the first of four new trucks for Minoli – a leading importer and distributor of Italian porcelain tiles. Two of the vehicles…>
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…>
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.…>
A pair of new DAF LF Tankers have made their way to South-west fuel oil and lubricants supplier, Ford Fuels. The company has been a confirmed DAF buyer for over ten years. Two new 18-tonne DAF LF 260s join 11 further rigids which entered service last year, adding to the majority of DAF vehicles in the 90-strong fleet. The company runs a mix of flat-bed, drop-side, curtain-side and predominantly tanker vehicles. Trucks were supplied by local DAF Dealer, MOTUS Commercials in Gloucester, which Ford Fuels praises highly for its aftersales support and is key to ongoing vehicle purchases. The fleet…>
The LF55.220 is the second most common truck model for sale on the Truckpages website. This excellent choice of trucks means that you should be able to find the LF55 with the right body and the right length.
The LF55.220 was discontinued in 2014 and replaced by the 'LF' without the '55' designation. This means that over time this truck in the 12 to 21 tonne range will shrink in numbers and the popularity of the Euro 6 LF will increase in the used truck market.
The 220 in the model...
The latest model of DAF's long-running LF series cab. All of these trucks are post-2013, Euro 6 Models with the lowest power output in the range with just 156hp from the PX-4, 3.8-litre 4-cylinder engine, (Maybe DAF should have rounded up, not down).
The LF150 is only available with a manual transmission - you have to look for the LF180 to find one that had the optional 6-speed AS-Tronic specified from new. Same holds for a sleeper cab version - you won't find a sleeper cabbed LF150 -...
The DAF LF290 - a premium, top-powered, Euro 6 LF truck is only beaten for power by the LF320.
Available from 14-18 tonnes GVW, the LF290 has 295hp available from the 7-litre PX-7 PACCAR engine.
It is questionable whether many duty cycles require 290 horsepower from the truck, but if there is a demand for high powered trucks, DAF is more than happy to make and sell them.
Used DAF LF290 Trucks
If more distance work is involved, operators tend to opt for the larger DAF CF cab - although,...
The LF220 is the 220hp Euro 6 version of DAF's LF can be used. This is a high powered truck and would usually be seen at operating up to 18 tonnes GVW, although available across the range from 7.5 tonnes and upwards.
Powered by the PACCAR PX-7 rated at 223hp (164kW), it was replaced in the DAF model line up by the LF230 in 2017/18 using the same 7-litre, 6-cylinder PX-7 PACCAR engine but with some improvements to the efficiency and a power rating of 234hp (172kW).
If you are looking at buying a DAF LF180 then you it will be a post 2013, Euro 6 model that you are interested in.
The problem you will have is that it is not clear from the model number what the gross vehicle weight of the truck is.
The LF180 is available as a 7.5 tonner, a 10 tonner, 12 tonner, 14 tonner and even a 16-tonne truck. Check carefully as different driving licences are required for the heavier models.
Used DAF LF180 Trucks
As with the smaller-engined 150, the 180 is most...
You could describe the DAF LF45.160 as an everyday workhorse. Suitable for many applications and, at 7.5 tonnes GVW can still be driven by many people on a standard car licence.
Using PACCAR's FR 4-cylinder engine, the LF45.160 was launched in 2006 as a replacement for the LF45.150. The 160 was available in Euro 4 and Euro 5 and in EEV guise from 2008 until being replaced in 2014 with the Euro 6 using SCR and Adblue. With 600Nm of torque, the 45.160 is more than up to any job thrown at...
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The LF230 was launched as a replacement to the LF220 in 2018. Using the same 7-litre PX-7 PACCAR engine as its predecessor, DAF were able to squeeze some additional efficiencies from the facelifted version, improving fuel consumption.
The LF230 is available right across a wide weight range from 8 tonnes to 18 tonnes GVW, so it is important that you ask about the gross vehicle weight of the truck if it is not included in the advert.
All of the LF230 trucks are Euro 6 and therefore...
Launched at Euro 4 in 2008, the 180hp version of DAF's LF45.180 was primarily used as a 12 tonner - especially for sweeper or refuse-type operations.
For operators wanting a more standard 7.5 tonner, the LF45.150 at Euro 3 or the LF45.160 at Euro 4 or 5 EEV was good enough.
The LF45.180 differed from the larger LF55.180 mainly due to the size of the wheels. The LF45 runs on 17.5" wheels, whilst the LF55 runs on 19.5" wheels at 12 tonnes GVW. The cabs are the same, but payloads higher...
The 250hp 6.7 litre PACCAR GR165 engine powering the LF55.220 was popular amongst operators when bought new.
This is the second most popular variant of the LF55 line after the 220hp version. The 250 is a popular choice as an urban tractor unit - running at a gross combined weight of up to 28 tonnes for the 17,5" wheels and 32 tonnes with the 22,5" wheels.
Other common uses are as municipal vehicles where extra power for the pto is needed - think gritters, sweepers etc.
Used DAF LF55.250...
The DAF LF45.150 was the smallest truck in the DAF range and helped the model to win truck of the year on 2002. Production of the 150hp version ceased at the end of 2006 when the truck was replaced by the LF45.160 with 160hp at Euro 4.
This means that the highest emissions standard the LF45.150 could have reached was the Euro 3. A green truck by many standards, but still not allowed into many urban areas, such as London's ULEZ without a severe daily charge.
There are still plenty of...
Less popular than its 220hp bigger brother, the 180hp DAF LF55.180 is the least powerful in the LF55 range of trucks .
The model ran from launch in 2001 right up until the changeover to Euro 6 in 2014 to the LF180. Using the four cylinder PACCAR FR136 4.5 litre, Euro 4 and Euro 5 engine rated at 185hp, the LF55.180 started at 12 tonnes GVW and went to 15 tonnes on the 19.5 inch wheels.
For operation at 18 tonnes and using the 22.5 inch wheels, operators went for the LF55.220 which used...
The DAF LF250 model was built for the right hand drive markets from 2014 until the 2017 facelift replaced the model with the increased power and more fuel efficient LF260.
Available across a broad weight range from 8 tonnes to 18 tonnes GVW, used examples of the LF250 will usually be at 18 tonnes GVW.
Usually configured as a rigid, the LF250 is also available as an urban artic with a 13 tonne gross weight and a train weight of around 25 tonnes.
Other power outputs are available for the...
The LF210 first hit the UK's roads back in 2014 in Euro 6 form. This 5-litre 4x2 rigid is available across a wide weight range, so be careful which particular LF210 you are looking at.
Watch the Weight
Always ask the gross vehicle weight of these trucks. They start at 7.5 tonnes, but the 210hp engine is a little overpowered for this job, so these are rare. Expect to see larger numbers of these trucks on the 12 tonne GVW weight mark and the rest at top weight if 15-16 tonnes.
DAF launched the LF45.140 at Euro 4 in 2017/8 to replace the earlier LF45.130. This is the lowest powered truck in the DAF range and was marketed for local operation, rather than motorway work.
Expect many of these to be found wearing the red royal Mail/Parcelforce livery - they were large fleet buyers of these trucks in the day.
Could drivers actually notice the difference between the LF45.140 and the larger LF45.160? Unlikely - the engines were essentially the same, but it meant that...
If you are after a high payload, high powered 18 tonne DAF, this is the model for you. With the smaller LF cab (the CF is larger and heavier).
Available in this 260hp power output across the weight range from 8 tonnes to 18 tonnes GVW, the Euro 6 LF260 will usually be found as an 18-tonne rigid - but sometimes even as an urban artic with train weights of around 25 tonnes.
The LF260 is essentially a facelifted version of the LF250 - superseding the earlier model in 2017/18 with a more...