Nooteboom 2-axle EURO-PX keeps its 12 tonnes in Germany

September 2016

Up to 6 tonnes more load capacity in Germany

One of the main advantages of pendle axles is that they distribute the weight of the load over the road surface better than beam axles or split axles with independent suspension.  Therefore the maximum axle weight for pendle axles is higher in several European countries. At the moment only 2-axle low-loaders with pendle axles, such as the Nooteboom Euro-PX, are allowed 12 tonnes per axle with exemption in Germany. All other 2-axle low-loaders with beam axles or split axles are restricted to 10 tonnes per axle.

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Changes in Germany for 2-axle semi-trailers with pendle axles

Within the German regulations two different kinds of axles are specified: beam axles and split axles. Pendle axles as well as axles with independent suspension are classified as split axles. This year the Ministry of Transport has decided to no longer issue exemptions for 12 tonnes per axle when it concerns a 2-axle semi-trailer. Only if the semi-trailer is equipped with pendle axles an exemption for 12 tonnes will be granted.

The German BSK (Federation of Heavy Transport and Crane Operators) has asked the Ministry of Transport to align the 2-axle low-loaders with independent suspension along with those equipped with pendle axles, as is currently the case with semi-trailers that have more than 3 axles. As a result of this request by the BSK, the Ministry of Transport of Baden-Württemberg has made two important decisions. The first decision stipulates that the BASt (Federal Highway Research Institute) is given the task of comparing the difference between the weight transmitted to the road when using split axles with independent suspension to the weight when using pendle axles. In the other decision it is laid down that throughout Germany – pending the results of the investigation – 2-axle semi-trailers with pendle axles will be granted exemption for 12 tonnes per axle and 2-axle low-loaders with independent suspension will be granted only 10 tonnes per axle.

Pendle axles in the Netherlands

The Dutch regulations also distinguish two kinds of axles: beam axles and pendle axles. All types of axles with independent suspension are currently classified as beam axles. In spite of several requests to increase the axle weight, independent suspension with a long-term 100-tonnes exemption will not be granted more than 10 tonnes per axle.  Within the same exemption regulations it is stipulated that pendle axles have a maximum load capacity of 12 tonnes per axle.  For 2-axle low-loaders with independent suspension the difference is even greater, because in combination with a 3-axle tractor the total weight stays under 50 tonnes.  And therefore does not qualify for an exemption for the weight. The result: 9 tonnes per axle for a 2-axle semi-trailer with independent suspension and 12 tonnes for a semi-trailer with pendle axles.  In practice this means the 2-axle low-loader with pendle axles, such as the Nooteboom EURO-PX, has 6 tonnes more load capacity than a similar low-loader with independent suspension, such as the SL, Panther, MPA and Twinaxle-2.

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In 2005 Nooteboom brought the revolutionary EURO-PX low-loader on the market. For the first time a wide and deep excavator trough was combined with pendle axles in the axle bogie. The EURO-PX low-loader with patented Pendel-X technology proves to be an important addition for low-loader transport. Not least because it combines an excavator trough and the easy operation of a conventional low-loader with the load capacity, steering and stroke of a modular trailer.

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