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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Scania P Series P400 4x2 Rigid Draw Bar
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Scania P Series P400 4x2 Rigid Draw Bar £13,750.00
2011 | Drawbars Single Sleeper Cab, 25ft Long Body, 7.11 Max Internal High, Roller Shutter Rear Door, Electric Mirrors And Windows, Dhollandia Tuck Away Tail Lift, Comes With Abel Trailer, 25.3ft Log Body, Roller Shutter Rear Door, BPW Axles, Axles Disk Brakes, 14000 GVW, April 2018 M.O.T, RIGIDS
DAF CF 460
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DAF CF 460 POA
2018 | Drawbars Sleeper cabs. 8x4 drawbar spec. road and construction chassis.
Macs Truck Sales
Scania G Series G420
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Scania G Series G420 POA
2006 | Drawbars 2006 56 Reg G420 6X2 Lift Axle Drew Bar 966,000 Kms New MOT POA6x2
Barnwood Commercials
Trailer ENTWISTLE TRIAXLE DRAWBAR TRAILER
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Trailer ENTWISTLE TRIAXLE DRAWBAR TRAILER POA
2002 | Drawbars front lift axle, merc axlesModel: TRIAXLE DRAWBAR TRAILER
Peter Gilder & Sons Limited
Volvo FM   DEMOUNT DRAW BAR 15/40-TONNE 2012 KS12 LWY
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Volvo FM DEMOUNT DRAW BAR 15/40-TONNE 2012 KS12 LWY £12,950.00
2012 | Drawbars | 15000kg Volvo FM Series Day Cab Volvo 330Bhp Turbo Air to Air Charge Cooled Euro 5 Engine c/w Ad-Blue Volvo Multi-Stage Engine Brake (VEB) Volvo I-Shift Semi Automatic Gearbox Volvo Single Reduction Drive Axle c/w Diff Lock Ecas Front & Rear Axle Air Suspension c/w Hand Held Raise/Lower Controls 19'4" Demount Body Sub Frame Body c/w Twist Locks VBG Draw Bar Coupling c/w Air and Electrical Connections
Fleet Ex Global Vehicle Sales
Volvo FM   DEMOUNT DRAW BAR 15/40-TONNE 2012 KS12 LWG
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Volvo FM DEMOUNT DRAW BAR 15/40-TONNE 2012 KS12 LWG £9,950.00
2012 | Drawbars | 15000kg Volvo FM Series Day Cab Volvo 330Bhp Turbo Air to Air Charge Cooled Euro 5 Engine c/w Ad-Blue Volvo Multi-Stage Engine Brake (VEB) Volvo I-Shift Semi Automatic Gearbox Volvo Single Reduction Drive Axle c/w Diff Lock Ecas Front & Rear Axle Air Suspension c/w Hand Held Raise/Lower Controls 19'4" Demount Body Sub Frame Body c/w Twist Locks VBG Draw Bar Coupling c/w Air and Electrical Connections
Fleet Ex Global Vehicle Sales
Volvo FM   DEMOUNT DRAW BAR 15/40-TONNE 2012 KS12 LWR
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Volvo FM DEMOUNT DRAW BAR 15/40-TONNE 2012 KS12 LWR £12,950.00
2012 | Drawbars | 15000kg Volvo FM Series Day Cab Volvo 330Bhp Turbo Air to Air Charge Cooled Euro 5 Engine c/w Ad-Blue Volvo Multi-Stage Engine Brake (VEB) Volvo I-Shift Semi Automatic Gearbox Volvo Single Reduction Drive Axle c/w Diff Lock Ecas Front & Rear Axle Air Suspension c/w Hand Held Raise/Lower Controls 19'4" Demount Body Sub Frame Body c/w Twist Locks VBG Draw Bar Coupling c/w Air and Electrical Connections
Fleet Ex Global Vehicle Sales
Volvo FM   DEMOUNT DRAW BAR 15/40-TONNE 2012 KS12 LWK
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Volvo FM DEMOUNT DRAW BAR 15/40-TONNE 2012 KS12 LWK £12,950.00
2012 | Drawbars | 15000kg Volvo FM Series Day Cab Volvo 330Bhp Turbo Air to Air Charge Cooled Euro 5 Engine c/w Ad-Blue Volvo Multi-Stage Engine Brake (VEB) Volvo I-Shift Semi Automatic Gearbox Volvo Single Reduction Drive Axle c/w Diff Lock Ecas Front & Rear Axle Air Suspension c/w Hand Held Raise/Lower Controls 19'4" Demount Body Sub Frame Body c/w Twist Locks VBG Draw Bar Coupling c/w Air and Electrical Connections
Fleet Ex Global Vehicle Sales
Volvo FM   DEMOUNT DRAW BAR 15/40-TONNE 2012 KS12 LWM
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Volvo FM DEMOUNT DRAW BAR 15/40-TONNE 2012 KS12 LWM £9,950.00
2012 | Drawbars | 15000kg Volvo FM Series Day Cab Volvo 330Bhp Turbo Air to Air Charge Cooled Euro 5 Engine c/w Ad-Blue Volvo Multi-Stage Engine Brake (VEB) Volvo I-Shift Semi Automatic Gearbox Volvo Single Reduction Drive Axle c/w Diff Lock Ecas Front & Rear Axle Air Suspension c/w Hand Held Raise/Lower Controls 19'4" Demount Body Sub Frame Body c/w Twist Locks VBG Draw Bar Coupling c/w Air and Electrical Connections
Fleet Ex Global Vehicle Sales
Volvo FM   DEMOUNT DRAW BAR 15/40-TONNE 2012 KS12 LWD
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Volvo FM DEMOUNT DRAW BAR 15/40-TONNE 2012 KS12 LWD £9,950.00
2012 | Drawbars | 15000kg Volvo FM Series Day Cab Volvo 330Bhp Turbo Air to Air Charge Cooled Euro 5 Engine c/w Ad-Blue Volvo Multi-Stage Engine Brake (VEB) Volvo I-Shift Semi Automatic Gearbox Volvo Single Reduction Drive Axle c/w Diff Lock Ecas Front & Rear Axle Air Suspension c/w Hand Held Raise/Lower Controls 19'4" Demount Body Sub Frame Body c/w Twist Locks VBG Draw Bar Coupling c/w Air and Electrical Connections
Fleet Ex Global Vehicle Sales
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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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