Beavertail trucks are capable of streamlining the process of loading wheeled equipment on to a trailer, meaning that the use of a secondary machine is not required. As well as speeding up this important process, it means that operators do not need to be trained in the use of cranes, which would otherwise be necessary to achieve the same results. Second-hand beavertail trucks come with bodies of different lengths and feature a variety of cab options up front. And because these trucks will have had to take on heavy plant equipment, everything from the suspension to the chassis and rear ramps will have to be inspected to ensure it is in an appropriate condition for sale.
The beavertail name applied to this kind of truck is appropriate because it describes the visual effect given by the drop-off end and twin ramps typically found at the end of the trailer. The ramps allow for equipment of all kinds to be loaded on to the rear without any additional kit getting involved, which is why this type of truck will also feature an integrated hydraulic winch to make this easier.
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Mitsubishi Fuso Canter 7C15
2012 | Beavertails | 8kg
This MITS FUSO 7C15 CANTER commercial vehicle seats 2; The gearbox is 6 speed manual; Body: Beavertail - Hydraulic Ramps & Electric Winch; Length: 16ft; Kms: 110489; Bhp: 150; D.O.R: 18.04.2012; MOT : March 2017; Euro: 5; LEZ: Compliant
DAF LF55 55.220 LF
2011 | Beavertails | 18000kg
This DAF 55.220 LF commercial vehicle seats 3; Gearbox: 6 speed manual; Length: 28ft 4ins; Extra details: 22ft FLAT - 6ft 4in drop - P.P.S commercials Hydraulic ramp and winch 8ft 6ins single full ramp ; Kms: 157785; D.O.R: 18.07.2011; MOT : May 2017; Euro: 5; LEZ : Compliant
DAF LF45 160 Beavertail
2013 | Beavertails | 7000kg
2013 DAF LF45 160 Beavertail, 4×4 day cab, 20ft SHAWTRACK beavertail body, hydraulic winch and ramps, AS Tronic gearbox, Euro 5, 4360Kgs tare weight
Iveco Stralis 310
2008 | Beavertails | 26000kg
- 6x2 Rear Lift Beavertail
- Terex 120.2 Crane
- Automatic Gearbox
- Hydraulic Flip Toe Ramps
Isuzu NQR NGR 70
2008 | Beavertails
2008 58 Reg Isuzu NQR 70 4×2 Euro 4 With Beavertail Body and Ramsey Winch, Automatic Gearbox, Excellent Condition.
MAN TGS 24.440
2012 | Beavertails | 26000kg
- 6x2 Beavertail
- New 27ft Plant Body
- Double Flip Toe Ramps
DAF CF75 75
2007 | Beavertails | 26000kg
2007 [07 plate] daf cf 75 310 , 6x2 on air with rear lift axle on double wheels ,26 ton , 9 ton front axle, euro 4 ,day cab, 2 seats, 310 horse power, 12 speed auto gear box, 1 owner, 296000miles, diff lock, tyres over 60%, professionally made new heavy duty 25ft beavertail body with hydralic flip tow ramps and drop down jack legs, plated for winch, new rams, pipes,power back and lights, work
DAF CF75 FA CF75.360 4x2 Rigid
2006 | Beavertails | 18000kg
DAF CF75.360 BEAVER TAIL RECOVERY TRUCK, HANDOVER BODY, 32FT BED,2006, LIFT UP REAR AXLE, HYDRAULIC RAMPS, HYDRAULIC WINCH, ADBLUE, MANUAL, MILEAGE: 389903KM, NEW TYRES, FRESH MOT, INSPECTION WELCOME
DAF CF65 FA CF65.220 4x2 Rigid
2004 | Beavertails | 18000kg
Beavertail with ramps, MoT 04/2017. manual transmission, high roof double sleeper cab, air con, aluminium ramps, remote electric winch, towbar, storage boxes. Still in use and excellent condition.
Renault D Range 320.26
2016 | Beavertails | 26000kg
2016 New Renault 26t beavertail, 320hp, D series, Automatic gearbox, Air condition, 8t front axles, Low profile, 31ft beavertail, Double cranked, Hyd full width ramps, Electric winch, Edge protection, Tool box, Work lights, Rear strobes, Hyd steady legs,Ready to go right now, £POA
Basic models feature ramps which must be deployed manually, although it is also worth pointing out that not all second-hand trailers will be sold with the ramps, so you should check the description and contact the seller for a full rundown of the features in each case. Hydraulic ramps are also available on modern variants, which is a feature that makes it possible for the beavertail body to be adjusted into a flat-bodied trailer at the push of a button. This kind of versatility may be valuable if the truck is to take on a number of different tasks over the course of its life.
Beavertail truck cabs run the gamut, from three-seaters with modern features such as automatic gearboxes, cruise control, air conditioning and CD player to larger overnight cabs with manual gearboxes. Reversing cameras, lighting rigs and other extras can be found if required, while trailers and cabs which are in keeping with Euro ratings are a must for any truck that is set to be used in the UK and the rest of the EU. At the upper end of the size scale, you will encounter models with a gross vehicle weight of around 26 tonnes, although smaller models that are designed for carrying lesser loads are also common. Trucks with steel suspension should be checked over for wear and tear, while those relying on air suspension will also require the scrutiny of a knowledgeable eye to make sure that they are up to scratch.
The ramps at the rear can come under immense strain as equipment is being loaded and unloaded, as can the winch system, but if these are used carefully, then they can last for years. Tried and tested for many years, the beavertail truck configuration is one which suits a number of commercial applications and continues to attract a lot of competition from manufacturers, leading to a healthy second-hand market.
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