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 4 Series R124-420 6x2 Rigid
2004 | Drawbars
12 Speed Manual Gearbox,Topline Cab,air Condition,Draw Bar Hitch,Full Air Front & Back. RIGIDS
Volvo FL 10 320
1990 | Drawbars
Sleeper, 11 car LOHR drawbar transporter, works ok
DAF XF105 410
2008 | Drawbars | 26000kg
6X2 Single wheel rear Lift on air suspension, Euro 5 with RPC, 16 Speed manual gearbox 26/44 ton drawbar spec, alloy tank, air conditioning, fridge, fitted 30` 6" x 7` 10" (thru back doors) 8` 3" internal GRP Box, internal 400 kgs winch, wisodeck floor,flush rear doors, 5.9m w/base, only carried carpets,MOT Dec 2105, will sell chassis cab.
TRUCKMATE Unknown ROLL ON/OFF DRAWBAR TRAILER
2001 | Drawbars
2001 Roll On/Off Tri Axle Draw Bar Trailer for Waste Bins,Hydraulic Rear Sheet Up And Over Lift,Sliding Hitch Very Good Value At Only ú3950
DAF CF75 75 CF 310 SWB DRAWBAR COUPLING
2005 | Drawbars
MANUAL GEARBOX, COMES WITH MOT, NO VAT IF GOING FOR EXPORT. REF H902 HGV
Renault Magnum 6x2 26,000kgs with drawbar
Drawbars | 26000kg
Renault Magnum 6x2 26,000kgs with drawbar (44,000kgs GTW) Fitted with Telehoist Hooklift Equipment, sleeper cab, with weighing cells, reversing cameras, Registered: 04/07/03 (423,079kms)MOT September 15
Trailer SDC Drawbar Trailer
2009 | Drawbars
24 Ton Gross on air suspension, ROR Axles on Drum brakes, choice of 50 or 57mm eyes, fitted 27` curtainsided body with wisodeck floor. MOT Jan 2016.
Scania 4 Series 94D 300 4X2 18 TON GROSS DRAWBAR
2002 | Drawbars | 18000kg
COMPLETE WITH TRAILER, STEEL SUSPENSION, FITTED WITH HIAB & BRICK GRAB 185, TANDEM AXLE DRAWBAR TRAILER, 2003, VGC, NO VAT IF GOING FOR EXPORT, **POA** REF H855 HGV
DAF XF95 XF430
2001 | Drawbars | 26000kg
Space cab, 6x2, rear lift rigid, manual gearbox, piped for drawbar and hitch, alloy wheels, 20ft container locks, MOT Nov 2013, very tidy, Comes With MOT.
Mercedes-Benz Unknown 1835
2000 | Drawbars
Sleeper, fitted Rolfo low deck european twin deck car & truck transporter, hydrualic, comes with twin deck drawbar trailer, very tidy, choice, WITH MOT.
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.
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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