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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Man TGX 26 440 6x2 T/unit
2013 | Tractor Unit | 44000kg
Twin Sleeper XL Cab, 8mtr Of Chassis Behind Cab, Draw Bar Spec With Quick Hitch, Auto Gear Box, Air Con, Large Diesel Tank, Rear Lift Axle, Engine Brake, Fridge,Electric Mirrors And Windows, Euro 5 Add Blue Engine MOT: 07/18 RIGIDS
Scania 3 Series R480 6x2 T/unit
2011 | Tractor Unit | 44000kg
Twin Sleeper High Line Cab, Mid Lift Twin Steer, Retarder, 13 Speed Manual Gear Box, Chassis Infills, Sliding 5th Wheel, 2 Diesel Tanks, Viesa Air Con Roof Pod, Full Kitchen Pack, Euro 5 Engine, MOT:01/19 TRACTOR UNITS 6X2
Scania 3 Series R500 6x4 Crane T/unit
2006 | Tractor Unit
Twin Sleeper High Line Cab, Cormach 65000 E6 ASC Remote Crane With 6 x Extensions And 4 x Legs, Electric Mirrors And Windows, Hands Free Kit, Fridge, 13 Speed Manual Gear Box MOT:11/18 TRACTOR UNITS 6X4
Mercedes-Benz Actros 2545 6x2 T/unit
2012 | Tractor Unit | 44000kg
Single Sleeper Cab, Mid Lift Axle, 2 Pedal Auto Gear Box, Electric Mirrors And Windows, Air Con, Cruise Control, Air Suspension, TRACTOR UNITS 6X2
MAN TGX 26.440 EURO 5 XLX 6 X 2 TRACTOR UNIT - 2010 - HF
2010 | Tractor Unit | 44000kg
MAN TGX XLX Series High Roof Flat Floor Sleeper Cab C/w 4 Point Air Suspension. MAN Common Rail 440 Bhp Turbo Air to Air Charge Cooled Euro 5 Engine. ZF AS Tronic 12 Speed Semi Automatic Gearbox. MAN Single Reduction Drive Axle C/w Diff Lock. Ecas Drive Axle Air Suspension C/w Hand Held Raise Lower Controls. Air Suspended Midlift Axle. Jost Sliding Fifth Wheel C/w Run Up Ramps. Aluminium Fuel Tank
DAF XF105 460 EURO 5, SPACE CAB 6 X 2 TAG AXLE TRACTOR UNI
2011 | Tractor Unit | 7500kg
DAF XF 105 Series Sleeper Space Cab. Paccar MX-460 Bhp Turbo Air To Air Charge Cooled Euro 5 Engine C/w Ad-Blue. ZF 16 Speed Syncromesh Manual Gearbox C/w Retarder. Gearbox Driven Tipping Hydraulics C/w Chassis Mounted Aluminium Hydraulic Oil Tank And In Cab Controls. DAF Single Reduction Drive Axle C/w Diff Lock. Air Suspended Rear Lift Axle. Ecas Drive Axle Air Suspension C/w Hand Held Controls.
Trailer Lynton Decontamination Unit
Tractor Unit | 1300kg
Decontamination Unit / mobile three shower unit with clean end - shower - dirty end gas boiler and electric pointsMoT Due
DAF XF105 .460
2015 | Tractor Unit
Absolutely stunning XF106-460 space cab with AS Tronic gearbox. Very high spec and in excellent order throughout.Choice of 3 low mileage trucksDOT, 6x2, Power Steering
Volvo FH 13.440
2008 | Tractor Unit
FH13.440, Euro 5, Globetrotter XL Cab, I-Shift Gearbox, 6x2 Mid Lift, Hydraulic Tipping Gear, Top Light Var with Spots, Red Chassis, Large Fuel Tank, march 2018 MOT, Very Nice Tuck, Call!6x2
Volvo FM 9.300
2005 | Tractor Unit
2005 FM9 6x2 300 TSC Globetrotter Sleeper Cab, diesel very clean and tidy! £26500
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.
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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