The ver­dict

Earthmovers & Excavators - - Tow Test -

Ul­ti­mately, in the real world none of these ve­hi­cles are great for con­stant ev­ery­day heavy tow­ing. Some do it bet­ter than oth­ers, but there re­mains a dearth of in­for­ma­tion to ed­u­cate buy­ers about what weight they can or can­not load into their utes, and what weight they can tow safely. And the last per­son you’d want to ask is a car sales­man! The mar­ket­ing hype has got­ten a lit­tle out of hand.

For con­stant tow­ing over three tonne with a load on the tray, the best ve­hi­cles for the job re­main the 70-se­ries Toy­ota LandCruiser, a con­verted Amer­i­can pick-up or a light truck. A tradie tow­ing a load like our ex­ca­va­tor would also likely have a se­lec­tion of buck­ets, fuel, tools grease and a bunch of ac­ces­sories to go with it. It’s a balanc­ing act that makes it very easy to over­load a ute that is not even at max­i­mum GCM.

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