Tractor Unit Trucks For Sale

Operating with a maximum train weight of 40 tonnes, sales of two axle tractor units have struggled of late, as increased payloads of nearly four tonnes can be gained through the addition of an extra axle. 4 x 2 tractor units will be used for international transport or lightweight deliveries that still require the use of tractor and semi trailer. 

For major national and European long-haul work, the 6x2 is the gold standard in the UK and Europe. The 6x2 is a tractor unit with three axles, with only one of the axles being driven. Being a tractor unit, it can be quickly hooked up to a huge variety of trailers. The 6x2 also has a gross train weight of 44 tonnes, meaning that they have both the versatility and the capacity to get the toughest jobs done.

A 6x2 tractor is often the key foundation of any operator’s fleet.

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Scania R Series R420
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Scania R Series R420 POA
2007 | Tractor Unit | 44000kg 2007 SCANIA R500 6X2 TOPLINE HEAVY HAULAGE TRACTOR UNIT WITH HYDRAULIC PACK
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Mercedes-Benz Axor  1843 HIGH ROOF
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Mercedes-Benz Axor 1843 HIGH ROOF £13,500.00
2007 | Tractor Unit | 40000kg Mercedes 1843 AXOR High Roof Sleeper Cab,Top deflector,Sliding 5th Wheel,Sun Visor,Rear Air Suspension,CD Radio,Air Conditioning,Diff Lock,Night Heater,Electric windows,Cruise Control,Heated Seats.MANUAL GEARBOX.
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ALFA ROMEO Unknown MITO SPRINT MULTIAIR TB Sprint 3 door
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ALFA ROMEO Unknown MITO SPRINT MULTIAIR TB Sprint 3 door £6,395.00
2011 | Tractor Unit | 40000kg Alfa Romeo MITO Sprint, Black with Black Sprint Cloth Upholstery, Petrol, Manual Gearbox, Bluetooth, CD Radio, Start/Stop Function, USB & Aux Point, Cruise Control, Electric Windows, Heated & Electric Mirrors, Leather Steeering Wheel, Alloy Wheels, Excellent Condition.ú6395 o.n.o
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DAF LF45    340 ASTRONIC 4X2 CAB DAMAGE OSR QUARTER
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DAF LF45 340 ASTRONIC 4X2 CAB DAMAGE OSR QUARTER £4,500.00
2006 | Tractor Unit 2006 06 daf 430 astronic 4×2 cab damage to osr quarter door opens and shuts ok drives perfect ideal yard shunter £4500
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DAF XF95     SUPERSPACE
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DAF XF95 SUPERSPACE £6,000.00
2006 | Tractor Unit 2006 55 DAF XF95 SUPERSPACE 6X2 AUTO TIDY TRUCK APRIL '16 MOT
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Scania R Series R480
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Scania R Series R480 POA
2009 | Tractor Unit | 40000kg - Unused 4x2 Tractor Unit - Day Cab - Manual Gearbox - Adjustable 5th Wheel
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Mercedes-Benz Axor  1840
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Mercedes-Benz Axor 1840 POA
2005 | Tractor Unit | 40000kg - 4x2 Tractor Unit - Manual Gearbox - Sleeper Cab - Fixed 5th Wheel
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MAN TGA   26-430 6x2 Tractor Unit 2005 UAL GEARBOX
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MAN TGA 26-430 6x2 Tractor Unit 2005 UAL GEARBOX POA
2005 | Tractor Unit | 44000kg Air Suspension, Sliding 5th Wheel, Sleeper/XXL Cab, Double Bunk, ADK, Mid Lift, Alloy Wheels, Hydraulics, Electric Windows/Mirrors, Air Con, Cruise Control, Sunvisor, Sunroof, Beacons, CD, Analogue Tachograph, 16sp Manual Gearbox. - STOCK NO. P120
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MAN TGA   26-440 6x2 Tractor Unit 2007 REAR LIFT, UAL GEAR
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MAN TGA 26-440 6x2 Tractor Unit 2007 REAR LIFT, UAL GEAR POA
2007 | Tractor Unit | 44000kg Air Suspension, Sliding 5th Wheel, Sleerper XL Cab, Double Bunk, Rear Lift Axle, ADK, Hydraulics, Air Con, Electric Windows/Mirrors, Cool Box, Sunroof, Sunvisor, Digital Tachograph, 16sp Manual Gearbox. - STOCK NO. P119
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MAN TGA   26-440 6x2 Tractor Unit 2007 UAL GEARBOX
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MAN TGA 26-440 6x2 Tractor Unit 2007 UAL GEARBOX POA
2007 | Tractor Unit | 44000kg Air Suspension,Sliding 5th Wheel, Sleeper/XXL Cab, Double Bunk, ADK, Mid Lift, Hydraulics, Air Con, Cruise Control, Electric Windows/Mirrors, Sunroof, CD, Digital Tachograph, 16sp Manual Gearbox. - STOCK NO. P122
C J Leonard
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A quality 4x2 tractor unit can be converted to a 6x2 through the addition of an extra axle, although this is usually cost prohibitive for older vehicles. Other options are to convert the two axle tractor units into box or curtainside rigids, as demand for these types of used trucks often outstrips demand. Leading the 4x2 tractor unit market is DAF with their CF85 trucks, whilst the Mercedes Axor has been designed specifically for this type of local distribution.

The 6x2 tractor has a distinct advantage over the range of rigid trucks available. Because it is completely independent of the trailer, it means that the 6x2 can be out on the road and earning its keep while the trailer is being loaded. Back at base it can simply swap its now empty trailer for a loaded one. Clearly, this has a positive impact on productivity.

Quick turnaround and full capacity are big selling points but so is the nature of a tractor in general. Instead of being forced to estimate contract loads and future demands, the operator is able to use 6x2 tractors for almost any kind of work. This means that the operator needn’t invest in separate tipper trucks, fridge trucks, tanker or curtainsides. Instead, he need only buy the appropriate trailers or lease them when required, which is far more economical. The 6x2 tractor can also be more manoeuvrable than the same size of rigid truck and stresses can be lower as loads are shared across a number of axles. The 6x2 tractor can also raise one of its axles, when hauling lighter loads, for example, and this reduces tyre wear.6x2 Tractor Unit

Because there is no trailer to worry about, buyers can focus more on the type of cab they prefer. The 6x2 tractor is teamed with a variety of cabs to suit most operating circumstances. These can include day cabs, sleeper cabs and double bunks. There are also more specialist short-cab and low-roof versions. Some studies have shown that 6x2 tractors are more fuel-efficient than their 6x4 counterparts, and drivers have reported an improvement in steering characteristics, with the 6x2 having less of a tendency to understeer. Although the versatility and ability to seamlessly interchange the 6x2 tractor with a number of trailers is a major advantage of the configuration, some 6x2 tractors do come modified for use in particular industries. Such modifications can include the addition of a crane mounted behind the cab to carry out loading duties. These can be efficient but will clearly reduce the load area and weight available. Some 6x2 tractor units are also modified to haul tankers with flammable liquids. These have a number of alterations included to reduce the risk of ignition and fire.

Buying a used 6x2 tractor is fairly straightforward. In addition to the normal mechanical, engine and body checks you would carry out on a rigid truck, you should make sure the axle lift mechanism is working properly if fitted and also that the trailer connection mechanism is fully operational. Modern 6x2 tractors are extremely well built and you should be able to look forward to a service life in excess of a million kilometres.

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