32 tonne trucks or 32 tonners are also known as 8-wheelers, four axle rigids or 8×4 (or 8×2) trucks. The ‘32 tonnes’ relates to the gross vehicle weight (total maximum weight of the truck chassis, body and load).
These trucks help to build our country. They are extremely popular in the construction sector – from an 8×4 tipper on road building fitted with an insulated tipping body for Tarmac to an 8×2 truck with a heavyweight truck mounted crane for heavy lifting jobs about the site.
Other key sectors include waste and bulk feeds and grain – anything that you need to cram into a bulk truck body!
If you are interested in narrowing down your search further, you can view the two main types of rigid truck that make up the 32-tonne category.
These trucks only have one drive axle – of the remaining three, one, two or all three of them could be used for steering. The configuration could vary, depending upon the loading requirements of the truck’s duty cycle.
Think beavertail/cheesewedge plant trucks or heavy machinery movers with large cranes. With only one drive axle, it is unlikely that these trucks are suited to off road building site work. That’s the job of an 8×4 32 tonner.
These 32-tonne trucks will be happy on and off building sites, as the additional drive axle provides more grip – albeit at the cost of a degree of manoeuvrability. Most of the 8×4 trucks will have all the wheels on the ground all the time, (no lift axles), although Scania launched a rear lift option for their double drive bogies in 2021.
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