LC Vehicle Hire showed the first 8x2 rear-steer truck on its 300-strong tipper fleet at Tip-ex 2019.
The DAF CF FAX, which is fitted with a Thompsons tipper body and Palfinger Epsilon crane, features a host of safety features including cameras and a glazed passenger door. It also rides lower than a conventional 8-legger, which enhances visibility.
LC Vehicle Hire sales director Paul Bunford explained that while the truck isn’t as capable off-road as an 8x4, it is considerably more manoeuvrable and better on fuel economy too.
He said less of its customers are going into landfill these days, so don’t require the superior off-road ability and ground clearance associated with conventional 8-leggers.
Bunford estimates that 40% of its customers will ultimately make the switch from 8x4 to 8x2.