Heavy haulage specialist Donnell & Ellis has taken delivery of its newest piece of equipment from Andover Trailers. The County Tyrone-based company, easily identifiable by its striking red and white fleet, has sourced trailers from Andover Trailers for the past decade.
The latest five axle extending step frame is the 12th piece of Andover Trailers’ equipment to enter into Donnell & Ellis’ fleet and the company is planning to run the trailer for at least the next 10 years.
The bespoke-built SFCL EX85 features a low profile neck and heavy-duty outer box extending frame, which can increase the trailer’s length from 16.2m by 2.5m to 18.7m. The new trailer also features swing out extensions to the main deck and slide-out side extensions to the bridge and beavertail.
BPW air suspension with a Wabco raise/lower valve enables the trailer to be quickly lowered for loading and unloading. Andover has also guaranteed excellent manoeuvrability, even when the trailer is operating at maximum length, with two BPW steering axles and three fixed axles, operating on Goodyear 265/70 R 19.5 tyres.
Donnell & Ellis’ Director, William Donnell, says: “We use the new trailer to transport quarry machinery so it has to work in some pretty tough environments. Durability is our number one concern when we’re ordering new equipment for the fleet and it’s why we’ve continued to buy from Andover for such a long time.”
Other features on the trailer include hardwood flooring, double hydraulic steady legs – which ensure a safe and stable platform when parked on uneven ground – and a pair of 1m wide by 2.9m hydraulic loading ramps with a hydraulic sideways function to open the ramps to the width of the side extensions, giving the flexibility to load all sizes of machine. Four pairs of heavy-duty deck lashing rings ensure equipment can be chained down securely in transit, with toolboxes with lids mounted under the deck to hold any chains not in use.
“Being able to work closely with the team and design a trailer exactly to our requirements is a real bonus and one of the reasons Andover Trailers stands out,” adds Donnell.