The delivery of a new five-axle ‘extending step frame’ trailer marked a decade of business for UK company Andover and heavy haulage specialist Donnell & Ellis.
The SFCL EX85 model is the 12th piece of Andover equipment to enter into Donnell & Ellis’ fleet, which is easily identifiable by its striking red and white colour scheme.
According to Andover, the EX85 features a low profile neck and heavy-duty outer box extending frame, which can increase the trailer’s length from 16.2m by 2.5m to 18.7m.
The new trailer also features swing-out extensions to the main deck and slide-out side extensions to the bridge and beavertail.
A BPW air suspension system with a Wabco raise/lower valve enables the trailer to be quickly lowered for loading and unloading. To allow for maximum manoeuvrability, even when the trailer is operating at maximum length, two BPW steering axles complement three fixed axles.
“We use the new trailer to transport quarry machinery so it has to work in some pretty tough environments,” said Donnell & Ellis’ Director, William Donnell. “Durability is our number one concern when we’re ordering new equipment for the fleet and it’s why we’ve continued to buy from Andover for such a long time.”
Other features on the trailer include hardwood flooring, double hydraulic steady legs – which ensure a safe and stable platform when parked on uneven ground – and a pair of 1m wide by 2.9m hydraulic loading ramps with a hydraulic sideways function to open the ramps to the width of the side extensions, giving the flexibility to load all sizes of machine.
Worth approximately £90,000, the new trailer will operate with a Scania 6×4 at a combined vehicle weight of up to 95 tonnes and will work at least five days a week, travelling all over the UK and Ireland.