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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Volvo FL 220
2001 | Beavertails | 18000kg
2002 Renault MIDLUM recovery truck +Hiab crane very clean alloy body
7.5 ton sleeper cab new 12 month test 400.000 Kms
£8.500 no VAT , no sensible offer refused
2004 VOLVO FH12 GLOBETROTTER, RIGID, DEMOUNT, SLEEPER CAB, EURO 3, 6X2, REG AFK 237. REAR LIFT AXLE, 380HP, I-SHIFT, AIR SUSPENSION, FRIDGE, LEATHER SEATS, NIGHT HEATER, AIRCON, ELECTRIC WINDOWS, 2X635LTR ALUMINIUM DIESEL TANKS, RADIO/CD, LH DRIVE. ISO TWIST-LOCKS. BODY AVAILABLE. 1,100,765 KMS. £6,945.
Scania P Series P340
2010 | Beavertails | 32000kg
Day cab, 8x2 rear lift & steer Original build,9 speed manual gearbox,Air conditioning,phone kit,Auto lube,Mot November 2015
Fitted NEW Sterling 31ft beavertail body,10ft7" flip toe ramps,Fall arrest system,tool box,Rhino 5.4 ton remote control electric winch.
DAF LF45 LF FA45.160 08T DAY E4 BEAVERTAIL AND RAMPS
2008 | Beavertails
2008 58 DAF LF 45-160 Complete With Beavertail and Ramps Only 119000km From New,Yes this is only 70000 Miles
Isuzu NQR 7500kg
2007 | Beavertails | 7500kg
2007/07 Isuzu NQR70 7.5ton beavertail. PPS body, Electric flip toe rear ramp & front mounted electric winch. Tested, V.G.C. £6,500+VAT
Iveco Eurotech 260E27
2003 | Beavertails | 26000kg
Iveco Eurotech 260E27 2003 (53) LEZ Compliant, 6x2 Rear Lift Axle, 9.7 Mtr Beavertail Plant Body, Wireless Remote Ramsey Winch, Hydraulic Rear Legs, 9 Speed Manual Gearbox, Tow Bar, Exhaust Brake, LED Working Lights, Tool Box, Beacons, Air Suspension, Electric Windows, 130,000 Miles Only, Excellent Condition.
8.2 Mtr Flat
1.5 Mtr Slope
2.56 Mtr Ramps
Iveco Stralis 260S27
2004 | Beavertails | 26000kg
Iveco Stralis 260S27 2004 (04) LEZ Compliant, 6x2 Rear Lift Axle, 9.7 Mtr Beavertail Plant Body, Hydraulic Ramps, Ramsey Winch, Twist Locks, Rear Legs, Auto Gearbox, Rear Spot Lights, Tool Box, Air Suspension, Tow Bar, Steering Wheel Controls, Sun Visor, Electric Windows / Mirrors, CD Player, Tested June 16, Excellent Condition.
7.9 Mtr Flat
1.8 Mtr Slope
2.55 Mtr Ramps
2009 | Beavertails
2009 09 Reg Iveco Stralis 310 6×2 26T Euro 5 with Heavy Duty Beavertail Body, Hydraulic Ramps, Remote Control Winch, Road Friendly Suspension, On Board Axle Load Indicator, Reverse Camera, Automatic Gearbox, Excellent Condition
DAF LF45 LF 45
2007 | Beavertails
2007 DAF LF45, 160hp, Manual Gearbox, Steel Suspension, Beavertail With Winch, Drop Down Manual adjustable Ramps, 13 Ft Bed Space, Very Clean with New 12 Months MOT.
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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