Canute Haulage invests in new forklift transport trailers

Eleven new forklift trailers are being put into operation by Barloworld Handling and its logistics provider Canute Haulage.
Operating with new Scania 6x2 mid-steer tractor units, the tri-axle step frame trailers feature curtainside bodywork with sliding roofs and have been built by Hampshire-based Andover Trailers. The order includes nine 13.6m trailers and two 10.9m trailers, with the shorter units designed for making deliveries within London and the south east. The trailers' sliding roofs are all-steel systems, which were chosen by Andover Trailers for their strength and durability – allowing them to withstand buffeting when travelling with the roof open. The roves also have four locking positions, giving Canute maximum flexibility for loading high-mast trucks, whilst keeping as much of the trailer dry for other machines. Interestingly, the trailers also feature swing-out rear pillars to ensure that Canute's drivers aren't restricted by the width of the door frame when loading larger machines. BPW axles and air-suspension provide the running gear, with 360mm brakes and 19.5in tyres for maximum durability. Haldex brake gear was chosen to make the trailers compatible with other trucks in the Canute fleet. Also, for maximum safety, a reversing camera is linked to an in-cab monitor, which also aids manoeuvring. As for the ramps, they can be operated via remote-control, allowing the driver to observe every stage of the lowering process. "Every feature we've incorporated into these trailers has been selected to combine efficient deliveries for Barloworld with a swift and professional service to its customers," says Michael French, group fleet engineer at Canute Group. "The full height and full width power-toe ramps ensure a shallow loading angle, meaning we can accommodate even the lowest ground clearance warehouse equipment, while the sliding roof enables us to transport high-mast machines," he confirms. The new fleet represents investment of more than £1.2 million by Canute Haulage.

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