Biglorryblog: Carrying the weight with Osmonds

Kent-based Osmonds Transport & Planing has taken delivery of two new step frame trailers with beavertails from Andover Trailers – continuing a working relationship between the two companies which has lasted almost three decades.

The new 56 and 73 tonne step frames join four Andover Trailers’ products currently in operation with the road planing and plant-moving specialist, which ordered its first trailer from Andover in 1988.

Osmonds Transport & Planing's SFCL73 step frame trailer from Andover Trailers, is equipped with four SAF axles, with a rear-steering capability.

Both trailers have been built with 1m wide power toe ramps with sliding width adjustment and knife edge toes, to accommodate a wide range of cargoes. This includes an extensive fleet of Wirtgen cold-milling machines operated by the company, which range in size from 15 to 36 tonnes, plus any heavy plant being carried by the transport division.

The SFCL56 and SFCL73 step frames are equipped with three and four SAF axles respectively, with a rear-steering capability. Disc brakes, Andover’s own safety-light system and robust 285/70 R 19.5 tyres – the largest fitted to any step frame in the Andover Trailers range – add to the impressive specification.

Finished in ‘midnight blue’ paintwork, they have also been pre-fitted for a working at height safety system on the neck, to allow for easy retrofitting at a later stage.

Both trailers will cover more than 50,000 miles annually and are in operation across the South of England up to seven days a week.

Established in 1975 and operating from Brenchley, Kent, Osmonds Transport & Planing runs an extensive fleet of road planing machines, tippers, road sweepers, step frames and low loaders. The company is also a member of the Association of Planing Contractors.

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