Drawbars Trucks For Sale

The drawbar truck has long been popular across Europe but has yet to make the same impact in the UK. That may be set to change, however, as the government experiments with longer trucks. The drawbar combination is different from the standard tractor and semi trailer set up. With the drawbar, the front of the unit is a truck in its own right. It is a rigid-bodied truck, usually of 4x2 or 6x2 axle combination. This has its own load area, often a curtainsider or box van. The rigid truck is then joined to a second trailer unit by way of a drawbar. This is a rigid coupling which allows the tractive unit to pull the trailer.

The drawbar lorry combination can feature up to six axles and gross weights of 44 tonnes. The major benefit lies in the added volume available to the drawbar operator. This makes it possible to haul more per journey and so could be more productive where weight is not the limiting factor. The drawbar also has other benefits over a standard articulated tractor and semi trailer combination. Because the drawbar combination pivots in the middle, it can be more manoeuvrable in tight situations. This can allow it to access, for example, tight building site tracks, where a full-size artic may simply not be an option.


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Drawbars Chorus Tandem Axle Drawbar Trailer, 24Ft 7in Flatbed Body, ROR Axles, Disc Brakes, Air Suspension, ABS/EBS. Chorus Tandem Axle Draw Bar Trailer - 2004. Registration Number : C155337 Chassis Number : DCR0192. First Registered : 2004. Choras Tandem Axle Chassis. 24Ft 7in Flatbed Body C/w Aluminium Chequer Plate Flooring. N/s And O/s PVCU Chassis Storage Lockers. ROR Disc Brake Axles C/w 385/65R 22.5
Walker Movements
VBG Drawbar  Dangler Hitch
VBG Drawbar Dangler Hitch POA
Drawbars | 18000kg VBG Drawbar Dangler Hitch, £1000
Law Exports Ltd
Mercedes-Benz Actros 1836
Mercedes-Benz Actros 1836 POA
2008 | Drawbars | 18000kg Actros 1836, draw-bar, 08/58, Euro 4 LEZ Approved, Long Distance cab, 814,000 kms, twin sleeper, powershift auto,sun visor, wind deflector, air conditioning, demount chassis 26ft, Anteo 1500 kg tuck away tail lift, rear air suspension. Has been on a maintained contract suppled by us and serviced, offered with / with out 26ft demount trailer and same tail lift as prime mover, proven product type
Central Vanz and Trux Ltd.
MAN TGX 26.480 XLX 6 X 4 DRAWBAR SPEC LOG CARRIER - 2009 - £26,750.00
2009 | Drawbars | 44000kg MAN 480 Bhp Euro 4 Engine, 12 Speed Auto, Air Suspension, Diff/Cross Locks, Disc Brakes, Log Carrier Body, Sleeper Cab, Kelsa Light Bars, Beacons, Electric Windows/Mirrors, Sunroof, Night Heater, Air Con, Radio/CD Player, Cruise, Digital Tacho, One Owner, Tested September 2014. MAN TGX XLX Series Flat Floor Sleeper Cab C/w 4 Point Air Suspension. MAN 480 Bhp Turbo Air to Air Charge Cooled Euro 4
Walker Movements
Volvo FH 12 420 6x2 Sleeper Cab Drawbar 12 Speed Manual
Volvo FH 12 420 6x2 Sleeper Cab Drawbar 12 Speed Manual POA
2003 | Drawbars | 18000kg 2003 Volvo FH12 420 6x2 10 Tyre Rear Lift Sleeper Cab, Flatbed Body, Drawbar Dangler Trailer, Atlas 105.1 Crane, 12 Speed Manual Gearbox, Excellent Condition, £20900 CIF up to Walvis Bay, Namibia
Law Exports Ltd
Mercedes-Benz Actros 2540L 6x2 Rigid
Mercedes-Benz Actros 2540L 6x2 Rigid POA
2003 | Drawbars | 26000kg PLEASE CALL 07836 680 306 OR 0781 684 9807 EMAIL sales@atlastruckandplantltd.com
VOLVO FM 13 420
2010 | Drawbars 6X2 Twin Wheel Rear Lift on FULL air suspension,Globetrotter Cab, I shift gearbox,Euro 5,air conditioning, fitted 24`8" x 7` 10" Cartwright demount curtainsided body wisodeck floor, Dhollandia 1.5 ton tuckaway tailift, 57mm air hitch, C/W 2010 Cartwright 24 ton tri axle on air,BPW axles on drum brakes,front lift, raise and lower, fitted 24`8"x 7`10" demount curtainsided body, Choice of 3 Outfits
PM Commercials Ltd
Mercedes-Benz Actros 1836
Mercedes-Benz Actros 1836 POA
2008 | Drawbars | 40000kg LDC Euro 5 with RPC ,18/40 ton,Auto box with clutch pedal,FULL Air suspension,Air con,Alloy tank,fitted Abel De mount equipment,with tuck away tailift 25ft body space,50mm air hitch,Been on Full Merc R+M ,MOT Feb 2015. Wheelbase: 5.7 Metres
PM Commercials Ltd
Daf XF95
Daf XF95 POA
2001 | Drawbars Space cab, 6x2, rear lift rigid, manual gearbox, piped for drawbar and hitch, alloy wheels, 20ft container locks, MOT Nov 2013, very tidy
John Whiting Ltd
Volvo FL 320
Volvo FL 320 POA
1990 | Drawbars Sleeper, 11 car LOHR drawbar transporter, works ok
John Whiting Ltd
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Drawbar tanker

The drawbar also has advantages in loading. When the rear trailer is disconnected, the drawbar is still a functioning C class truck. This means that in theory the drawbar can be disconnected to allow the truck to make deliveries while the trailer is being loaded, thus potentially saving some time on local routes and making the drawbar more productive. It has to be remembered, however, that the drawbar is not a demount, and when returning to base the truck unit would have to be reloaded. There are tax advantages too, with the drawbar being classified as a C class vehicle.

Clearly, the drawbar also has some perceived disadvantages. With two load areas, it can be more cumbersome and time-consuming to load. The front unit can be loaded first but then the driver must hook up to the rear trailer and manoeuvre it to the loading bay to have it loaded. 

Drawbar curtainsider

There are also differences in handling characteristics to consider. Many drivers report that reversing the drawbar in particular can be a more difficult manoeuvre than the equivalent movement on a standard tractor and semi trailer combination. It should be noted, however, that some drivers dispute this. It may be down to what the driver has been trained on and how experienced he is on the drawbar configuration.

The process of selecting a used drawbar is much like that of the equivalent rigid truck. There are many drawbar combinations, including box vans, curtainsides, dropsides, tankers and tippers. Clearly, the driver or operator must select the appropriate version for his business and then look at the size of drawbar required and number of axles. The operator should take care to inspect the drawbar mechanism and ensure the trailer and all of its mechanical components are up to scratch if buying a full combo

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