Stain­less steel trailer a win­ner

New de­sign cuts chance of cor­ro­sion

Big Rigs - - LIVESTOCK TRANSPORT ADVERTISING FEATURE - Bob Ri­ley con­trib­u­tors@bi­grigs.com.au

“WE in­tro­duced our stain­less steel cat­tle trail­ers last year,” Byrne Trail­ers na­tional sales man­ager Jonathon Byrne said.

“And we in­tro­duced our 4x2 stain­less steel stock trail­ers around mid-year this year. They have been work­ing well and have been well re­ceived.

“We ac­tu­ally started us­ing stain­less steel in sheet form in some of our trail­ers, par­tic­u­larly in those work­ing in some of the coun­try’s harsh­est ar­eas, back in the mid-1990s.

“I’ve seen them for my­self and with a clean-down they look like they were in­stalled just yes­ter­day. They are as good as new.

“The stain­less we are us­ing is struc­tural stain­less steel and is man­u­fac­tured over­seas.

“Of each con­sign­ment we purchase, we ship some to Europe where it is con­verted into tube and an­gle and all sorts of other struc­tural shapes be­fore it is landed back here.

“We’ve had our scep­tics, I guess. Tra­di­tion­ally it’s not the sort of thing you’d ex­pect in a stock trailer, but this ma­te­rial we are us­ing is used in the min­ing in­dus­try and it’s be­ing used in Europe to build buses.

“We’ve found they are slightly lighter and we’ve found there is a cost saving for a live­stock car­rier through his tra­di­tion­ally be­ing faced with the prospect of hav­ing to re­place the steel floor and some other struc­tural steel el­e­ments around the eight or so years of his trailer’s age.

“The pric­ing of a stain­less steel trailer makes them cheaper up­front as such work is not re­quired.

“With in­creased reg­u­la­tions through the im­pact of the NHVR and the con­tin­ual vari­a­tion in oper­at­ing per­mits and weight lim­its for var­i­ous trailer com­bi­na­tions across nearly ev­ery state, it’s an im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion.

“Pretty much ev­ery­thing above the chas­sis, ex­cept the wood pan­els and some pow­der-coated alu­minium gates and some beams, is stain­less steel.”

Big Rigs took a quick look at a 12.5m 4x2 trailer as it stood in the Byrne Trail­ers yard await­ing de­liv­ery.

“It runs on BPW airbag sus­pen­sion and axles and alu­minium rims and has a fixed pen arrangement,” Jonathon said.

“It is ini­tially con­fig­ured for four decks of sheep but the 4x2 de­scrip­tion comes from the abil­ity of the trailer to be con­verted into a two-deck cat­tle crate or it can be used as a three-deck unit.

“So it can be used for cart­ing pigs, the up­per floor level be­ing able to be folded down to pro­tect the pigs from sun­burn, un­less a roll-over tarp has been fit­ted at the top.

“The fixed pen di­viders al­low each deck to be con­fig­ured with two 20-foot bays or with four 10-foot bays, so the 4x2 con­cept pro­vides an in­cred­i­bly ver­sa­tile live­stock trailer.

“This par­tic­u­lar trailer has through load­ing at the front, so it is aimed at B-dou­ble or B-triple com­bi­na­tions, as well as work­ing as a sin­gle trailer.

“They have been prov­ing pop­u­lar. The only state we haven’t sold one into as yet is Tas­ma­nia.”

❝ Con­fig­ured with two 20-foot bays or with four 10-foot bays and just about ev­ery­thing above the deck is stain­less.

Con­tact: Stu­art Gar­rod Sales Rep­re­sen­ta­tive (NSW) based in Wagga 0417 001 328 E: sgar­rod@byr­ne­trail­ers.com.au Con­tact: Jonathan Byrne Na­tional Sales Man­ager 0419 212 493 E: jbyrne@byr­ne­trail­ers.com.au Con­tact: Peter Bur­don Re­gional Sales 0408 832 324

www.byr­ne­trail­ers.com.au

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

SOLID CON­STRUC­TION: Nearly ev­ery­thing above the chas­sis is in struc­tural stain­less steel.

A Byrne Trail­ers stain­less steel ‘4x2’ tri axle live­stock trailer.

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