Combine harvester deliveries no problem for TH White trailer 10 September 2010

TH White, which hauls machinery all over the UK, has taken delivery of a new tri-axle step frame trailer from Andover Trailers in a bid to make deliveries easier.

Agricultural sales administrator Mike Packham says the firm needed a trailer strong, wide enough to transport larger machinery, such as combine harvesters, but compact enough to go down narrow tracks.

"We were having some real problems with our last trailer. It was too big and clumsy to get around on some of our customers' farms, so we decided to go for a bespoke design," explains Packham.

"We looked around to see what other people in the agricultural machinery industry had, and everyone who used Andover Trailers seemed to have come away with a product that scored high in both of those areas, so we followed suit," he adds.

The bespoke SFCL40 tri-axle step frame has a short fixed deck behind the neck, from which both sides of the trailer extend hydraulically on fabricated arms from a width of 2.53m to 3.6m. The specification also includes wheel wells on the deck to accommodate a combine's front tyres, with covers to allow the trailer to be used with conventional loads.

To ensure safe loading, the power toe and hydraulic fold-forward ramps are mounted on platforms so they can be extended to the same width as the deck. It also has toolboxes under the fixed platforms, a lifting rear axle, and a BH 550 hydraulic winch, with radio and remote control.

The trailer joins a fleet of two articulated trucks, 170 service vans and 28 trailers at TH White. It will cover an average of 50,000 miles a year, performing up to five drops a day, six days a week.

Brian Tinham

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