Hampshire-based Andover Trailers has supplied 12 bespoke heavy-duty trailers to specialist plant hire company H.E. Services.
The trailers include a mix of 48-tonne and 56-tonne 3-axle, and 67-tonne 4-axle step-frame models. Each trailer is equipped with a low profile neck, SAF axles with disc brakes, a steel channel in the centre of the frame over the bogie to accommodate excavators’ dipper arms, steel underlay to the hardwood floor and a chain tray in the main bed. They are streamlined for optimal fuel efficiency, and incorporate hydraulic steady legs to provide a stable platform for loading and unloading.
Both the larger 56-tonne and 67-tonne trailers have slide-out side extensions for the transportation of larger machinery and run on uprated 265/70 R 19.5 tyres, with the 56-tonne model having a rear steering axle which automatically locks when reversing. Purpose-built to transport H.E. Services’ 22m reach excavators – the 67-tonne trailers ride on four axles of which the rear two are steering, plus the front axle has lifting capability.
All of the trailers are built to meet FORS standards, and are provisioned with multiple lashing points, reverse beepers and cameras, plus strobes both on and between the ramps.
In addition to the 12 trailers, Andover also fitted five plant bodies to DAF CF 8×2 rigids for delivering machines to more inaccessible sites. Each vehicle has been specified with an Andover Trailers plant body with single crank beavertail and fold forward power toe ramps.
Combining a low body profile with low profile tyres and the extra length of the toe ramps gives the best possible loading angle to suit a wide range of machinery.