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As a drawbar truck or trailer can be any body type, we list all rigid drawbar trucks, drawbar combinations of truck and trailer (wagon & drag) and the drawbar trailers all together on these pages. Don’t worry, there are never hundreds for sale, so you will not have to scroll through tonnes of listings for used drawbar trucks. So why buy a drawbar? The flexible configuration of using a high-powered rigid truck with a body and matching drawbar trailer is very popular on continental Europe, but in the UK we tend to favour the tractor unit and semi-trailer combination. Nonetheless, there are many duty cycles that make the drawbar combination more useful – even in the UK. These tend to be swap body operations -using demountable box bodies for example or when a trailer is added for a trunk operation and left so deliveries can be made with the rigid. Once empty the drawbar rigid can then swap bodies with the drawbar trailer to continue delivering. Additional driver training is needed as these trucks are different (and some say difficult) to reverse and will take some getting used to if the driver has never driven a drawbar combination before.
If you are buying a rigid for use as a drawbar combination, make sure there is already a drawbar coupling fitted to avoid the cost of adding yourself. Check that the coupling is suitable for the trailer you will be using, including the electrics that are needed. If in doubt, carry out a test drive and take the truck to your trailer to be 100% sure and take the drawbar combination on a test drive. Make sure that the truck is powerful enough for the gross train weight (GTW) intended – check the manufacturers plate that the GTW is sufficient for your needs. Think of the truck more as a tractor unit in terms of specification – so a minimum 450 engine will be a must if you are thinking about operation at the maximum 40 tonnes GTW.
Many years ago, a drawbar truck and trailer was a common sight on the UK’s roads. These were affectionately known as a ‘Wagon & Drag’ or ‘Wag and Drag’. If you are new to transport and looking to start out on your own in the UK, there hardly any occasions when opting to invest in a drawbar outfit would be of benefit. However, there are certain applications where the drawbar can be of benefit and may be worth considering depending on operating duty cycle.
Bricks are heavy. Cranes are also heavy. Put the two together on a normal eight-wheeler and you run the risk of overloading an axle. Use a 6×2 artic and tri axle trailer then your crane cannot reach the stacks of bricks at the back. So, invest in a 6×2 (or 6×4) rigid with a rear-mounted crane and a three-axle drawbar trailer and the job becomes easier. You can take the rigid on its own for smaller jobs and hitch the trailer for larger deliveries using the crane that can reach all the blocks as it is in the centre of the load.
Many plant hire companies will use a standard artic and low loader for moving kit around. These are well suited for the larger pieces of kit, such as a wheel loader or even an ADT (Articulated Dump Truck). If your business has a variety of small to medium size items to transport, then the flexibility of a drawbar combination could be perfect. Run just the rigid or for larger jobs, hitch up the trailer too. Get the design right and the operator could load through the trailer onto the rigid truck without the need to uncouple.
Not just hay, but any high cube, low weight operation could benefit from the additional load volume available to drawbar operators. You may see these combinations piled high with bales on rigid and trailer plus some on a frame above the cab!
Assuming you have some skilled drivers, then a drawbar combination could double your effectiveness as a skip operator. If your operating area is significant then having three loaded skips in one vehicle could be the answer (not if you operate in built up urban areas). Check out the Skipmate Skip Trailers shown below:
Murphy has taken delivery of the first of six new plant bodies and four drawbar trailers from Andover Trailers, citing the versatile loading options and build quality as key factors in placing the order. All six bespoke-built, low-profile plant bodies are mounted to new 32-tonne 8×2 Mercedes Arocs chassis, with four featuring a front-mounted PK63002E Palfinger crane. Each of the four tri-axle heavy duty drawbar trailers offers a range of innovative loading solutions and will help to significantly increase payload capacity. Mark Olden, Logistics Manager at Murphy says: “Andover Trailers listened to our requirements and provided high-spec solutions to deliver…
Livestock nutrition company Harbro has put a 6x2 rigid drawbar unit with close-coupled three-axle trailer and two new Iveco S-WAY 6x2 mid-lift tractor units into service. The S-Way Specification The Iveco S-WAY 6x2 6.7m chassis (AS260S42Y/PS) is fitted with a 7.9m curtain sided body and is powered by the CURSOR 11 420hp diesel and tows a three-axle curtain sided trailer. The unit is fitted with a VBG coupling which enables the driver to detach the trailer to access the most difficult to reach farms when delivering animal feed across Scotland. The S-Way drawbar unit will cover around 120,000km annually and…
What a great looking truck – and with both form and function, this drawbar demountable Volvo FM removal truck has clearly had a great deal of effort put into both (although reversing the drawbar trailer under two demountable bodies in a straight line would be beyond most of us mere mortal drivers). The Volvo FM 430 4x2 rigid has entered service at James Removals on the back of a glowing recommendation from another operator. Supplied by Mark Reeves, Truck Sales Executive at MC Truck & Bus, the new FM has been specified to meet Transport for London’s three-star Direct Vision…
There are some 260 commercial vehicles heading to Midlands-based BJS Home Delivery. Not a bad number, considering some of these are to expand the operation and move into haulage. A mixture of tractor units, drawbars and high-cube vans, Renault Trucks Commercials will be taking on their maintenance as well. Key to the deal was the long-standing positive relationship and service support from Renault Truck Commercials. Renault Range T tractor units featured strongly in the deal The Deal Highlights The deal is part of BJS’ ambitious expansion plans and rapid growth into the food, retail, construction and manufacturing haulage sectors and…
Building materials manufactured by some of the biggest names in the industry are now being delivered to sites nationwide aboard Mercedes-Benz trucks that have raised the bar in terms of safety and efficiency. Wincanton’s construction operations received their first 14 new-generation Actros models from East Anglia Dealer Orwell Truck & Van, a regular supplier to Britain’s largest third-party logistics company for more than 10 years. The 26-tonne rigids are fitted with rear-mounted cranes, and work with drawbar trailers at 44-tonne gross train weights. Mercedes Actros Drawbar Combination with rear-mounted Crane The Actros Specification Standard equipment on the fifth-generation Actros includes…