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 4 Series 124 420 6x2 Midlift Tractor Unit
2000 | Tractor Unit | 44000kg
2000 Scania R124 420 6x2 Midlift Sleeper Cab Tractor Unit, 12 Speed Manual Gearbox, Twin Bunks, Twin Fuel Tanks, Radio/Stereo, Excellent Condition - We can organise shipping to any Worldwide Destination - Contact for a quote
Scania 4 Series 124 400 4x2 Tractor Unit
1998 | Tractor Unit | 40000kg
1998 Scania R124 400 4x2 Sleeper Cab Tractor Unit, 12 Speed Manual Gearbox, Twin Bunks, Twin Fuel Tanks, Radio/Stereo, Excellent Condition - We can organise shipping to any Worldwide Destination - Contact for a quote
Volvo FM 12 420 4X2
2005 | Tractor Unit | 40000kg
RIGHT HAND DRIVE,
2000 | Tractor Unit
ARTIC 25FT BALE TRAILER £950 +VAT
Scania R Series R420
2004 | Tractor Unit
2004 R420 Top Line 6x2 Manual Gearbox one OWNER from new very well maintained. Good tyres and Drives well IDEAL EXPORT VEHICLE ALL ENQUIRIES WELCOME .. Right Hand Drive
Mercedes-Benz Actros 2545LS
2013 | Tractor Unit
Homeline interior,climate control,electric windows/mirrors,cruise control,exhaust brake,Bluetooth Radio/Cd player,electric sunroof,auto lights,heated drivers seat,fridge,microwave oven,tipping hydraulics,full air kit,sliding fifth wheel,Euro 5/Lez compliant,lovely condition,CHOICE OF 4,for more info please phone 0121 326 6950,for the latest stock updates follow us on Twitter @junction6com. Right
Scania R Series R420
2007 | Tractor Unit | 44000kg
HIGHLINE CAB, 6X2 MIDLIFT TWINSTEER, OPTICRUISE GEARBOX, 783,298KMS, MOT DECEMBER 2017, EXCELLENT CONDITION 420 Engine.
DAF CF85 85 CF
2009 | Tractor Unit | 40000kg
460 HORSE POWER, MANUAL GEARBOX, 825,000 KMS, MOT JANURAY 2018, EXCELLENT CONDITION 460 Engine.
Mercedes-Benz Axor Sleeper Cab Tractor Unit MANUAL GEARBOX Last 7 AVA
2006 | Tractor Unit | 40000kg
Adjustable steering wheel, Air Conditioning, Air Suspension, Air brakes, Differential lock, Disc brakes, Electric windows, Fifth wheel adjustable, Heated mirrors, Power steering, Seat belts, Side wind deflectors, Sunroof, Wind deflector, 2006 06 Mercedes 1840 Axor Sleeper Cab Tractor Unit,MANUAL GEARBOX,Full Deflector Kit,Sliding 5th Wheel,Alloy Cat Walk,Rear Cab Windows,Sun Roof,Air
Mercedes-Benz Axor Sleeper Cab MANUAL GEARBOX Last 7 Available
2006 | Tractor Unit | 40000kg
Adjustable steering wheel, Air Conditioning, Air Suspension, Air brakes, Cruise control, Differential lock, Disc brakes, Electric windows, Fifth wheel adjustable, Power steering, Seat belts, Side wind deflectors, Sunroof, Wind deflector, 2006 06 Mercedes 1840 Axor Sleeper Cab Tractor Unit,MANUAL GEARBOX,Full Deflector Kit,Sliding 5th Wheel,Alloy Cat Walk,Rear Cab Windows,Sun Roof,Air
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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