UK trailer manufacturer Andover Trailers has launched a new generation of tri-axle step frame trailers designed to carry various machines whilst maintaining a flat deck.
The step frame machinery carrier (SFMC) combines a full-length flat bed and full-width power-lifting neck ramp to enable it to carry tracked and wheeled plant, access equipment with low ground clearance, as well as static payloads such as cabins or containers.
To manage the variety of cargoes, the SFMC boasts securing capabilities including 16 10-tonne RUD swivel side lashings; six screw-in RUD lashing rings on the bed, rated at either 14 or 16 tonnes; along with two chain trays. The neck of the trailer features a further six 13-tonne loops set into the floor and two on the neck riser.
The standard model is built to a standard length of 11.9m (king pin to rear), is available with a choice of 17.5 or 19.5 inch wheels and tyres – with either BPW or SAF axles – and features a Knorr-Bremse braking system with a Trailer Information Module fitted as standard.
The SFMC has a gross trailer weight of 45 tonnes, which can be increased to 48 tonnes if specified with optional slide-out extensions. This gives the trailer a payload of up to 35 or 38 tonnes respectively.
According to Andover, the new model has been in development for 12 months and marks one of the most significant new products from the British trailer manufacturer for a decade.
Named (SFMC), it is a direct response by Andover Trailers to the changing requirements that operators across many sectors are experiencing – namely the ability to use one vehicle to safely move an ever increasing range of machinery. The SFMC gives Andover customers access to a high-specification trailer as standard, one that can be further customised with a range of popular options.
“Our customers were demanding a more versatile load carrier that could move a wider variety of equipment – all without compromising safety during loading or on the road,” said Bob Gowans, Andover Trailers Commercial Manager.
“This trailer is a major step forward in that regard. The innovative approach we’ve taken has allowed us to retain the strength of the four-member design which has kept Andover customers coming back for more than 30 years.”
Two of the new SFMCs have already been delivered: one to County Tyrone-based rental company KDM Hire, and the second to Wiltshire-based paving company, Thornbury Surfacing.