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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Volvo FH 460
Volvo FH 460 POA
2017 | Drawbars 8x2 rear lift and steer fitted Fassi F545RA2.26 crane new low profile cheese wedge plant body some with drawbar trailers. Right Hand Drive
Macs Truck Sales
Trailer MCCAULEY £5,950.00
2014 | Drawbars 2014 14 ton dump trailer, c/w sprung drawer bar, done very little, £5950.
DAF CF75 360 4 X 2 DRAWBAR SPEC DEMOUNT BODY - 2008 - LX0 £4,950.00
2008 | Drawbars | 18000kg DAF CF75 Series Day Cab. Paccar 360 Bhp Euro 4 Engine C/w Ad Blue. ZF 8 Speed Syncromesh Manual Gearbox. Ecas Drive Axle Air Suspension C/w In Cab Controls. DAF Hub Reduction Drive Axle C/w Diff Lock. Abel Demount Body C/w 4X Twistlocks And Hydraulic Lifting Jacks. VBG Air Operated Drawbar Coupling C/w Air And Electrical Susie Connections. N/s Chassis Mounted PVCU Storage Locker. Full Air
Walker Movements
Renault Premium 460 DXI Drawbar Container Rig
Renault Premium 460 DXI Drawbar Container Rig POA
2013 | Drawbars | 26000kg - 6x2 Single Wheel Rear Lift - 26/44 ton - Optidriver Auto Gearbox - Alloy Fuel Tank - 8 Ton Front Axle - 4.3m w/base - 57mm air assist hitch - Air Conditioning. - Euro 5 - 360 Degree camera system - 20` cotainer carrying body - C/W 2013 Wheelbase Tri Axle trailer - 24 Ton Gross - BPW Axles Drum Brakes - 5` 8" Drawbar Arm with 57mm Eye - Front and rear legs - Raise and lower. -
PM Commercials Ltd
Scania G Series G480 6X2 Rear Steer Drawbar Spec Chassis Cab
Scania G Series G480 6X2 Rear Steer Drawbar Spec Chassis Cab POA
2011 | Drawbars | 26000kg - 6x2 Rear Lift AND STEER - 26/44 ton drawbar spec - 2 Pedal opticruise gearbox with Retarder - Exact Tacho - Air conditioning - PTO Prepared - Visor and bumper spots - 8.5 ton design front axle - Twin tanks - Alloy wheels with 25` 8" chassis cab - 4.8m w/base - One owner - 536,000kms - MOT September 2017
PM Commercials Ltd
Renault Lander 460DXI
Renault Lander 460DXI POA
First Choice Commercials
Scania R Series R480 Ad Blue Highline 6x4 Chassis Cab
Scania R Series R480 Ad Blue Highline 6x4 Chassis Cab POA
2013 | Drawbars - Retarder - 12 speed manual gearbox - Air conditioning - Double bunk - 26/44 ton drawbar chassis - 6x4 on steel suspension      - 8.5 ton front axle    - PTO prepped    - 4.9m wheel base    - 24ft chassis cab    - Full Scania service history - 252,000 kms - MOT November 2017
PM Commercials Ltd
DAF CF85  410
DAF CF85 410 POA
2009 | Drawbars 2009 DAF 85CF 410 4X2 Demountable with draw bar hitch. Rigid Trucks
Willenhall Commercials Ltd
Mercedes-Benz Actros  2546 26 Tonne Rigid Drawbar
Mercedes-Benz Actros 2546 26 Tonne Rigid Drawbar £50,000.00
2012 | Drawbars Megaspace Cab,RearLift Axle,23Ft Long Body,Euro 5 Engine,Air Condition,Electric Windows,Auto Gearbox,Air Suspension, C/W Tri Axle Trailer,27Ft 5In long,Barn Doors,Tuck Away Tail Lift,ROR AXles,Disc Brakes,Front Lift Axle. RIGIDS

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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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