5 April 2013 

Airdrie-based AT Best Handlers has bought its first brand new tri-axle step frame trailer supplied by Andover Trailers, to help deliver a range of industrial equipment to customers across Scotland.

The family-run business specialises in selling and servicing Manitou telescopic handlers and forklift trucks, Gehl skid steer loaders and Takeuchi excavators weighing up to 21 tonnes.

The SFCL40 has been built to AT Best Handlers’ unique specification, which includes a low profile neck, adjustable wheel stops at the front, and a lifting rear axle with auto-lowering function, to help minimise tyre wear when running light or empty. 

The 13.2m long trailer also features Granning axles and air suspension with raise and lower control, hardwood flooring and 1m wide ramps with a centre gate allowing AT Best Handlers to load any combination of machines, including three wheeled forklifts.

The new trailer has replaced a second-hand tri-axle step frame, now 14-years-old, which AT Best Handlers purchased used from Andover Trailers in 2006.

Stuart Rose, Managing Director of AT Best Handlers, says: “This is the first new trailer we’ve bought from Andover Trailers and it’s allowed us the freedom to have it built to our exact requirements.  This includes specifying a hydraulic fold-forward ramp, which we are confident will reduce aerodynamic drag significantly, and should help lower our fuel bill.”

“We have also adapted the material used on the ramps as in the past if the ramp was wet, some of the industrial machines found it hard to maintain traction when loading.  This time Andover’s design team have been able to cover the ramps in expamet to help with grip.  It’s these customisations that have really enabled us to get the best trailer for our needs.

“The team at Andover are so experienced, they knew instantly what we needed our trailer to do and they haven’t disappointed.  We’re delighted with it.”

The trailer is finished in ‘Post Office Red’ paint and will operate with a Scania 480hp tractor unit, running six days a week, spending the majority of its working life in Scotland.

AT Best Handlers first started its relationship with Manitou in 1972 when the company began importing into the UK.  At that point Manitou only had three rough terrain forklift trucks in their portfolio, but now AT Best Handlers supply and service their 90 different models. The company sells and hires equipment to a range of industries including construction companies, builders’ merchants and coal merchants.


For information on the heavy haulage and specialist transport solutions provided by Andover Trailers, contact Ivan Collins at Andover Trailers Ltd, Unit 75, Columbus Way, Walworth Business Park, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 5NP.  Tel:  01264 358 944 or e-mail:   Website:

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