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Trailer range is a ‘step’ in the right direction

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A new generation of tri-axle step frame trailers, designed to carry a wide range of machines whilst maintaining a flat deck, has been hailed by Andover Trailers as “one of the most significant” new products from the manufacturer for a decade.

Named the step frame machinery carrier (SFMC), the range is said to be a direct response to the changing requirements of operators to use one vehicle to safely move an increasing range of machinery.

The new model, which was in development for a year, is built to a standard length of 11.9 metres (king pin to rear) and is available with either 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. Andover said this gives the trailer a competitive payload of up to 35 or 38 tonnes respectively.

The trailer is said to be flexible enough to carry both tracked and wheeled plant, access equipment with low ground clearance, as well as static payloads such as cabins or containers.

Bob Gowans, commercial manager at Andover Trailers said, “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.

“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 KDM Hire and the other to Wiltshire based paving company, Thornbury Surfacing.

Gowans said a further four frames are already on order.

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