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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Iveco Eurocargo 120E22
2006 | Drawbars | 26000kg
IVECO 120E22, 2007, sleeper, 26 tonne, drawbar outfit, 26ft half curtain/ half box body, or cab chassis if required, Jan 2015 test, 8 speed manual gearbox, E/W, night heater, CD, complete with 2004 16ft Wheelbase tandem axle close coupled trailer, Feb 2015 test, 1 owner good condition
£8950-00 + vat
RPC COMMERCIALS 01335 330468
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Scania 4 Series 114 340 340HP
2003 | Drawbars
CHASSIS CAB, DRAWBAR COUPLING, DAY CAB, MANUAL GEARBOX, EXCELLENT CONDITION
FODEN ALPHA 8x4 DRAWBAR HOOKLOADER 2005 LX54 DXY
2005 | Drawbars | 32000kg
CAT C12-400, Jake Brake, 12 Speed Manual, Rockwell Axles, Rubber Suspension, Boughton Hooklift Equipment, Kwik Cova, Vertical Exhaust, Vertical Exhaust, Sunvisor, Beacons, 32/44 Tonnes. Foden Alpha 2 Day Cab, Caterpillar c12-400Bhp Turbo Air to Air Charge Cooled Euro 3 Engine, Jacobs 3 Stage Engine Brake (Jake Brake), ZF 12 Speed Synchromesh Manual Gearbox, Rockwell Single Reduction Drive Axles
Trailer MASSEY DRAW BAR
2005 | Drawbars
Trailer MASSEY TRUCK
2005 | Drawbars
3 AXLE DRAWBAR TRAILER, TO SUIT HAY & STRAW., Serial number: C178171
DAF CF85 410 EURO 4 6 X 4 DRAWBAR HOOKLOADER AND TRAILER -
2008 | Drawbars | 25000kg
Paccar 410 Bhp Euro 4 Engine, Ad-Blue, 16 Speed Manual, Hub Reduction, Diff/Cross Locks, Air Suspension, Multilift Hookloader Body, Hydraulic Flip Net, Beacons, Vertical Exhaust Pipe, Weigher, Reverse Camera, Sunvisor, Day Cab, Electric Windows, Sunroof, CD Player, Cruise, Digital Tacho. MAC Trailers 20Ft Tri Axle Hookloader Body, Electric Sheet, Extendable Drawbar, ROR Axles, Drum Brakes, Air
Volvo FM 12 420 6x2 Rear Lift Sleeper Cab Flatbed 12 Speed
2002 | Drawbars | 18000kg
2002 Volvo FM12 420 6x2 Rear Lift Sleeper Cab Flatbed, 12 Speed Manual Gearbox, Drawbar Dangler Hitch, Radio/Stereo, Excellent Condition, £14750 CIF up to Walvis Bay, Namibia
TRANSPORT ENGINEERING TANDEM AXLE (BPW AXLES)
2002 | Drawbars
7.5M Demount Drawbar Trailer, 4-PSK, Air Suspension, Drum Brakes This vehicle is due for public auction soon. Please view our website for sale dates & times along with all vehicles we have for sale. (C127108)
2005 | Drawbars
2005 05 DAF CF75 310 4X2 BOX TRUCK WITH A 17FT DEMOUNTABLE BOX BODY AND ROLLER SHUTTER DOOR FULL DRAWBAR SPEC INCLUDING 2005 DONBAR 3 AXLE DRAWBAR TRAILER 2X 17FT DEMOUNTABLE BOX BODIES BPW AXLES DISC BRAKES AIR SUSPENSION 385-55-19.5 TYRES 40 TON TRAIN WEIGHT IN GOOD ORDER. WILL SELL AS A COMPLETE OUTFIT OR SEPARATES.
Volvo FH 12 420 6x2 Sleeper Cab Drawbar 12 Speed Manual
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
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.
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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