Frome, Somerset-based haulage and storage specialist AJ Brunt has taken delivery of a new triaxle step-frame trailer from Andover Trailers.
The bespoke trailer, with a payload capacity of 38 tonnes, has 17.5-inch wheels on BPW axles, and includes rear-lifting axle capability. There is also a working at height system, strobes, safety lights, extra reversing lights a reverse alarm and LED lighting.
AJ Brunt requested the addition of a full-width power-lifting neck ramp to make the loading and unloading process safer and more efficient. The trailer will transport heavy construction plant across the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe six days a week, 52 weeks of the year, and is expected to stay in the fleet for a minimum of 15 years.
It joins five other Andover models in service - a mix of step-frames and semi-sloping trailers - as well as eight tractor units, including Volvos, Renaults and MANs.
Martyn Brunt, transport manager at the family-run business, established in 1983, said: “We need trailers that have the ability to handle all shapes and sizes of plant, something Andover’s builds always manage with ease.
“They listen to our needs, offer solutions to our problems and build a trailer that does exactly what we need it to do - that’s why we’ve been going back to them for more than 20 years. The bespoke nature of the Andover builds means we can pick and choose the add-ons that work for us.
“We recently discovered that one of our old Andovers is now in Dominica, while the first one we bought back in 1995 was only sold a couple of years ago, and it’s still working hard on the Isle of Wight.”
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