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New step frame conveys quality for Hamilton Tarmac

Hamilton Tarmac has added a second Andover Trailers step frame to its fleet, just months after purchasing its first trailer from the Hampshire-based manufacturer.

The bespoke-built SFCL53 tri-axle step frame trailer features a beavertail and an adjustable conveyor support mounted on its low profile neck.  It will be used to transport road planers weighing up to 30 tonnes, as well as rollers and paving machines nationwide.

The Kilmarnock-based company operates its own road building and maintenance squads, as well as making its extensive fleet of plant available for hire by other contractors – with its trailers being used to deliver all equipment directly to site.

Willie Hamilton, Managing Director of Hamilton Tarmac, which has been established for over 20 years, explains: “In our line of business the pace of the work means trailers can take a real hammering, so you need to have full confidence that you are buying a quality product that will last the distance.

“We were aware of Andover Trailers’ impressive reputation, and following an exploratory meeting with their Scottish Sales Manager, Stewart Tindall, we decided to put their products to the test. We expect this latest step frame will be on the fleet for at least the next five years,” he adds.

The 13.6m long step frame has been built with Granning axles and adjustable air-suspension, and includes a lifting rear-axle with an automatic lowering function. Hydraulic steady legs ensure a stable platform during loading and unloading, with access to the deck via a pair of sturdy power toe ramps with access toes. The trailer has also been constructed with a special length neck, allowing it to be used to carry road rollers in transit.

Finished in smart blue paintwork, with silver conspicuity stripes to the sides, and red to the rear, this new step frame replaces a 2004 King. It will operate with a 6×2 tag axle Volvo FM tractor unit, at a total gross train weight of up to 65 tonnes.

Hamilton Tarmac’s wide-ranging experience, coupled with ongoing investment in the best equipment, ensures it enjoys a high profile client base.  Customers range from East Ayrshire Council and North Ayrshire Council to Prestwick International Airport and Kilmarnock Football Club.

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