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
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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
Macs Truck Sales
Volvo FM FM11 450 Globetrotter Rear steer & 9 Ton front axl
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Volvo FM FM11 450 Globetrotter Rear steer & 9 Ton front axl POA
2010 | Drawbars | 26000kg 6x2 rear lift and steer   9Ton front axle  4.9m wheel base  I shift gearbox  Air conditioning  Reversing camera  Single bunk  V.E.B fitted 23ft x 7ft3" curtainsider body  Moffatt fork lift kit  VBG 57mm air assist hitch  597000 kms MOT September 2017
PM Commercials Ltd
MAN TGX 26.440XL
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MAN TGX 26.440XL POA
2010 | Drawbars 2010 xl 26/44 ton Draw bar 6x2 factory built rigid with rear lift/steer axle and rear mounted crane. Coupled to a 2008 SDC tri axle centre mounted draw bar flat. Would split.
Peter Gilder & Sons Limited
DAF XF105 XF 105 460 Super space 6x2 Drawbar chassis 9 Ton f
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DAF XF105 XF 105 460 Super space 6x2 Drawbar chassis 9 Ton f POA
2011 | Drawbars | 26000kg 26/44 ton  Original build  6x2 rear lift on twins  AS Tronic gearbox, double, bunk, fridge, Air Conditioning, 28` chassis cab, 5.3m w/base,hitches available to suit. 490.000 KMS
PM Commercials Ltd
Scania G Series G440 Highliner
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Scania G Series G440 Highliner POA
2012 | Drawbars Scania G440 Highliner 2012 (12) Euro 5, Sleeper Cab, 6x2 Rear Lift Axle, Drawbar Spec, 29' 4" Flat Body, 3 Pedal Opticruise Gearbox, Deflector Kit, 2 x Tool Boxes, Cruise Control, Sun Visor, Sun Roof, Air Con, Night Heater, Air Suspension, Electric Windows / Mirrors, CD Player, 302,000 Miles, Excellent Condition Coupled To 2013 SDC Triaxle Drawbar Trailer, 27' 4" Flat Body, 2' 3" Extension,
Scania R Series R440 Highliner
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Scania R Series R440 Highliner POA
2011 | Drawbars Scania R440 Highliner 2011 (11) Euro 5, Double Sleeper Cab, 6x2 Rear Lift Axle, Drawbar Spec, 29' 7" Flat Body, 3 Pedal Opticruise Gearbox, Deflector Kit, Tool Box, Cruise Control, Air Suspension, Night Heater, Sun Roof, Sun Visor, Air Con, Electric Windows / Mirrors, CD Player, 307,000 Miles, Excellent Condition Coupled To 2009 SDC Triaxle Drawbar Trailer, 27' 9" Flat, 3' Extension, Front
DAF CF85 CF 85 430 6X2 HOOK LOADER
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DAF CF85 CF 85 430 6X2 HOOK LOADER POA
2005 | Drawbars | 26000kg CF 85 430 6X2 HOOK LOADER, REAR LIFT, BOUGHTON EQUITMENT, DRAW BAR, MANUAL GEARBOX, DAY CAB, REVERSING CAMERA, DIFF LOCK, 922,000 KMS
F W Harrison Commercials Ltd
Volvo FM   410 EURO 5 8X4 HOOKLOADER
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Volvo FM 410 EURO 5 8X4 HOOKLOADER POA
2012 | Drawbars | 32000kg 2012 12 VOLVO FM410 EURO 5 8X4 HOOKLOADER, BOUGHTON EQUIPMENT, KWIK COVA SHEET, DRAWBAR SPEC, DAYCAB, I-SHIFT GEARBOX, GOOD TYRES, PM WEIGHLOADER, RETARDER, REVERSE CAMERA, 340,000 KLMS, ELECTRIC WINDOWS / MIRRORS, SUNVISOR, DIGI TACHO, AIR-CON, HALF LEATHER SEATS, VERY CLEAN TRUCK. JUNE 2017 TEST.
JGE Truck & Plant Ltd
Mercedes-Benz Axor  1843 4x2 Rigid Curtain
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Mercedes-Benz Axor 1843 4x2 Rigid Curtain £6,750.00
2004 | Drawbars 24ft Long Body, 8.6ft Max Internal Height, Draw Bar Hitch, Air Con, 8 Speed Manual Gear Box, Air Con, Electric Windows, 6m Wheel Base, External Measurements, 3.9m High, 2.5m High, 10m Long,,, RIGIDS
Volvo FM 410
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Volvo FM 410 £12,950.00
2011 | Drawbars 2011 volvo fm 410 drawbar spec,auto gearbox,air con,front and rear air suspension,one owner from new,high mileage volvo maintained from new,nery clean truck ,£9950+vat
Airport Autos (Hire Division)
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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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