West Sussex-based forklift supplier, Mexmast, has taken delivery of a new Andover Trailers tri-axle step frame forklift trailer, replacing the company’s existing Andover build after 12 years in service and 750,000km.
As it had performed impeccably for more than a decade, the new trailer has been built to almost the same bespoke specifications as the one it replaces, featuring curtainside bodywork and a retractable roof.
Mark Sibun, Service Director at Mexmast, says: “We took delivery of our first Andover forklift trailer in 2004 and it’s performed well in service from day one. We saw no reason to look anywhere else when it came to modernising the trailer, and the specification of the new build is once again completely bespoke to our business.”
Mexmast transports a variety of forklifts around south-east England for sale, contract hire and rental. To accommodate such a variety of loads, the trailer features a full width, full height flip-toe ramp with a shallow loading angle; a powered lifting neck ramp that facilitates loading on the neck; a reinforced steel centre channel to support three-wheeled forklifts; and 30 lashing points to provide a versatile load securing system.
The combination of a low trailer height and sliding roof allows forklifts with a mast height of up to four metres to be loaded. The TSE sliding roof system, which features four locking positions, was chosen by Andover for its strength and durability. The trailer design also incorporates swing-out rear pillars and sliding side pillars with two locking positions, meaning machines wider than the door frame can be loaded with ease.
Though Mexmast chose not to deviate far from its previous Andover build, some new features were incorporated, including brighter and more durable LED lighting and the capability to lift the rear SAF axle from the cab, with Andover assisting with the installation of the system into Mexmast’s new 4×2 Volvo FM tractor unit.
The trailer will be on the road five days a week, is expected to be in operation for a minimum of 10 years, and will average approximately 60,000km a year.
“Andover genuinely understands our business and the team were able to offer some new additions to the trailer that make daily operation easier. It’s great to work with a company that has that outlook, and can also deliver a quality finished product to match,” Sibun adds.
A family-owned business based in Burgess Hill, Mexmast has been supplying Doosan forklifts and providing forklift maintenance to firms across the south east for more than 30 years.