New trailer steps up to the plate

A Paisley-based haulage contractor has extended its long-running relationship with Andover Trailers by snapping up a new tri-axle step frame model.

Family-run Truck Plant Services has been operating Andover builds for 20 years. The new trailer features Andover’s full-width hydraulic fold-forward ramp system, which is said to help minimise aerodynamic drag, while also accommodating easy loading for a wide variety of equipment.

The new design also includes BPW axles, with rear-lifting axle capability, a high-power winch, strobes, safety lights, extra reversing lights, and LED lighting.

Kenny Blair of Truck Plant Services said, “There’s nothing we move that this trailer can’t handle – and that’s exactly what we needed. Options like the closely spaced cross members increase the types of machine we can transport and therefore extend the working life of the trailer.”

Andover said its lightweight construction techniques allow 25 tonnes of plant to be loaded within C&U (Construction and Use) limits, while claiming the low deck height ensures that forklifts up to four metres can still be carried below standard bridge height.

Blair added, “Andover Trailers give you versatility that other manufacturers struggle to match, and that’s why we keep coming back to them. We’re very particular with what we need in our fleet, and when you take the strength, low weight and loading capabilities of their trailers into consideration, Andover always fits the bill.”

The new trailer, which is expected to stay in operation for a minimum of 10 years, joins five other Andover products in the Truck Plant Services fleet and replaces a similar Andover step frame that the company has been running since 1999.