Bespoke step frame trailer delivers ‘significant’ fuel advantage for Lomond24 April 2015

Plant hire business Lomond Plant Group has taken delivery of its first Andover trailer, a tri-axle step frame fitted with fold-forward ramps, and the operator says it is already reaping fuel savings.

The Falkirk-based business has recently opened a new depot in Merseyside and the trailer is being used to support its expansion, linked with a Scania R580 Topline tractor.

"We are currently running 50 excavators in the North West, so we need a trailer we can rely on to have our plant in the right place at the right time," says Ross Easton, Lomond's joint managing director.

"Trailer utilisation has been high since day one, and the Andover step frame has performed brilliantly."

Easton adds: "The icing on the cake has been the fuel saving we've noticed over our existing trailers. We're confident the ramp design is saving us in the region of 1 mpg every day. Over the course of a year that's a significant advantage."

As well as the 1m wide and 2.5m long hydraulic fold-forward ramps, the bespoke-built SFCL 56 features a low profile neck and side extensions to the deck, bridge and beavertail.

Other features include SAF axles and air suspension, hardwood flooring, toolboxes with lids for storing accessories and heavy-duty hydraulic legs.

Lomond Plant Hire has placed an order for another Andover trailer, due for delivery this summer.

Laura Cork

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