The vehicles - beaver tails - were based on front wheel drive 3.5 ton transits, which have a kerb weight (Ford Transit kerb weight) of 1,866kg with the spare wheel fitted. Once fully fuelled and with a driver on board the vehicles offer an amazing 1,500kg of carrying capacity.
The Landscape Group, who already operate KFS Plant & Go® vehicles to move their larger triple mowers, have a growing number of contracts which require the delivery to site of ride on machines weighing circa 1,300kg, and had always struggled to achieve the necessary payload on a standard chassis cab with a useable beavertail body fitted.
KFS were approached, and using their in house expertise, not only came up with a body which delivered the required payload, but also had the added benefits of a full width slip resistant tailgate, working at height barriers, and a ribbed aluminium deck for additional grip when loading and unloading machinery.
Attention to detail was key to the success of the design of theses beaver tails. The use of aluminium for weight saving in the body construction, and tailgate frame, while sourcing a unique GRP mesh for the tailgate surface, to ensure maximum grip for both machinery and operatives.
With the shortage of Transit stock during the first half of 2014, due to the introduction of the all new model range, KFS have ensured the body design can be fitted to all mainstream chassis cabs with The Landscape Group themselves looking at alternative base vehicles.
Two of the three vehicles are already in service and proving extremely popular, while the third is waiting to be handed over and commissioned.