Trailer for Todds Highway Maintenance07 November 2011

Darlington-based Todds Highway Maintenance has added another four-axle Andover step frame trailer to its fleet, designed to operate within STGO Category 2 regulations.

The bespoke trailer will be used to transport the company's largest Wirtgen W2100 cold milling machine, weighing 41.2 tonnes. This road planer is mounted on crawler tracks and is used to remove individual paved layers or complete carriageway structures at depths of up to 32 cm in a single pass.

Malcolm Todd, managing director of family-run Todds Highway Maintenance, says: "The Wirtgen W2100 is our largest planer and guarantees high daily production rates, but, in turn, it requires a very specialist vehicle and trailer to move it between jobs."

This SFCL 67 step frame is the fourth Andover Trailers commercial vehicle to enter service with Todds Highway Maintenance – previous deliveries have included a similar four-axle step frame, a three-axle step frame and a centre-balance drawbar for carrying smaller planers behind rigid tippers.

At 12m-long (king pin to rear) and 2.53m-wide, the new trailer features a low profile neck with slide out extensions to the deck, bridge and beavertail. It has been manufactured with two fixed- and two self-steering BPW axles, plus air-suspension with raise/lower controls.

Four-metre-long ramps with access toes deliver a gradual approach angle for pavers and similar plant, with hydraulic steady legs to guarantee a secure loading and unloading platform.

John Challen

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