NAP Grab Hire weighs in with new five-axle stepframe23 July 2019

Abingdon-based NAP Grab Hire has taken delivery of its first Andover Trailers stepframe, citing the trailer maker’s “bulletproof” build quality as the driving force behind the decision.

The bespoke 85-tonne gross weight five-axle extending stepframe will be used to transport heavy-duty crushers and screeners around the UK.

Neil Parker, director at NAP Grab Hire, says: “Everyone in the industry knows you get bulletproof build quality from Andover... During the process our driver was also able to work closely with Andover’s design team to tailor some elements to how he wanted them – that’s something you don’t really find anywhere else.

“This combination of quality and customer service has certainly set Andover apart.”

The 14.95m stepframe can extend by a further 2.5m to accommodate longer machines. Of the five 12-tonne-rated BPW axles, three are fixed, two have self-tracking steering, while the rear axle can also be lifted from the truck’s cab. BPW air suspension with raise/lower control is also fitted.

The trailer has a low-profile neck and Andover’s heavy-duty hydraulic power toe ramps, alongside four hydraulic steady legs for a stable loading platform. The trailer also has galvanised side extensions, plus a storage compartment for the side-extension timbers in the centre of the deck.

The trailer will be on the road five days a week, covering up to 80,000 miles a year. It is expected to remain in service for up to 15 years.

Laura Cork

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