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The trucks on these pages are all 18 tonners – that is to say 4×2 rigids with a variety of body types. 18,000kgs (18 tonnes) is the maximum gross vehicle weight possible using a two-axle truck. This is because the rear, drive axle can take a maximum of 10 tonnes and the front, steer axle 8 tonnes. For operators requiring greater payloads from a rigid truck can increase this through the addition of an extra axle, (giving a 6×2 configuration) which can add a further 8 tonnes payload. Operating at less than 26 and more than 18 tonnes GVW is less efficient, so trucks running at 22 tonnes, for example, are very rare. Use the filter to select a particular make or model of 18-tonner from our listings.
these trucks are very popular for distribution operations. They are lighter and easier to manoeuvre than a 26 tonner as there is less ribber in contact with the ground when turning.
Modern 18 tonners handle with a car-like feel when sitting behind the wheel – despite the fact that is could be fitted with a 30ft body of any description.
So, expect to see many 18-tonne box vans and 18 tonne curtainsiders in the Truckpages listings. You will find fewer examples of 18 tonne tippers, as operators prefer running a minimum of a 6×4 at 26 tonnes, but ideally an 8×4 at 32 tonnes GVW.
Biffa is to put its first electric skiploader into service, with a new 18-tonne Volvo FE Electric 4x2 rigid bringing zero tailpipe emission operation to the Isle of Wight. The arrival of the FE Electric forms part of an order for 104 new Biffa vehicles from Volvo Trucks, being deployed across the UK as part of a major fleet modernisation programme – with all trucks supplied through Abdi Ali, Key Account Manager, Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland. In addition to the new FE Electric, the order also comprises 48 Volvo FM 8x4 hookloaders, 34 Volvo FM 8x2 front-end loaders, 7…
This week sees a purposeful-looking DAF LF220 18 tonne tipper feature on the front cover. This Euro 6 truck comes from a water utility, is LEZ ready and is fitted with tar chutes. It looks in almost new condition from the photos so should sell fast at £25,950+vat. Click Image to Read Click to Read Page Turn Magazine Click Image to Read Use the form at the bottom of the page to add your email address to be advised every time the page-turn is published. Please contact us if you would like to be added to the mailing list to…
The good news is that there is no such thing as a bad 18 tonne truck these days. This means that the chances of you buying a howler are reduced. That’s not to say that all 18 tonners are equal. What is an 18 Tonner? Let’s start with the basics. An 18 tonne truck does not mean that it can carry 18 tonnes, this weight denomination is the truck’s Gross Vehicle Weight (G.V.W.) which is the maximum permissible legal weight for the truck, body driver, load, fuel combined. When fitted with a simple flat or curtainside body, an 18 tonner…
Lancashire-based waste management specialist Gillett Environmental has commissioned the first two trucks from a clutch of six Mercedes-Benz skiploaders ordered to support its ambitious growth strategy. The company operates on a national basis but trades locally as Lytham St Annes Skip Hire. Supplied by Ciceley Commercials, its latest Arocs 18-tonners all represent extensions to a fleet in which Mercedes-Benz was already the dominant brand. This, however, is the first time that Gillett Environmental has sourced vehicles from a member of the manufacturer’s franchised network. Having previously used an independent garage for servicing, it will also be relying for the first…
The salesman sells the first truck, then it and the after sales support sell the subsequent ones. That’s the story with MAN and Commercial Refrigeration, Gaming and Leisure equipment distribution specialists Hadfields Transport of Manchester. The company has just added three new MAN Trucks to its specialist fleet. The new vehicles, all high specification TGX 18-tonne rigids joined the fleet thanks to the performance of the 15 MAN TGL 12-tonners. These were delivered into the operation in 2021 and also attracted exceptional driver feedback. The MAN TGM 18 Tonner Specification Hadfields Transport’s new trucks are all TGX 18.330 18-tonne box…