Another 3+2 convert
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LIKE so many other hauliers operating 4x2 tractive units, agricultural merchant Chas Draper of South Wigston, Leicestershire opted for tri-axle semi-trailers when deciding to operate at 38 tonnes.
Recently, however, the company purchased four Craven Tasker semi-trailers with the view to returning to tandem axle operation on a three-plustwo axle configuration.
Joe Kinsley of Chas Draper commented: "Apart from giving more power on the open road and performing better on long distance runs six wheel tractive units provide greater traction on difficult surfaces, when moving out of a muddy farmyard with a full load for example.
"Furthermore tyre scrub is appreciably reduced with a tandem axle semi-trailer."
Accepting the limitation of 18.8 tonnes capacity of a 1 3 50mm (4ft 5in) spread tandem bogie these four 42cum (55cuyd) tapered bodied semitrailers could be converted to tandems, says Craven Tasker.