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26 Tonne

The workhorse of the fleet, the 26T beavertail body is extremely versatile and is the most common body size in the plant haulage industry. It’s been long proven in use, and continually evolved over the years through continual innovation.

Any 6×2 or 6×4 chassis with rear air suspension is compatible with this beavertail body and will deliver a sizeable payload of between 14.5 and 15T, depending on chassis weight. This plant body is also configurable for many different sectors and can be supplied with any ramp system from the comprehensive range offered by Sterling.

It can transport a multitude of vehicles efficiently, from excavators, dumpers and rollers, to large access platforms boom lifts and scissor lifts. Every client has unique requirements and different machine combinations to transport, but the huge choice of extra options and accessories mean we can configure a beavertail body for almost any scenario. With deck lengths possible of up to 9.5M, there’s no limit to what different combinations of machines can be carried.

The 26T beavertail body works perfectly when fitted with front mounted lorry loader cranes and gives the versatility of transporting driven plant and access machines as well as non-powered cabins and other equipment which would be loaded using the crane.

Alongside this, a double-bend beavertail is fitted as standard to give the shallowest possible loading angle which gives you confidence that machines with the lowest ground clearance can be loaded with the highest safety.

Extensive use of high tensile steels allows us to save weight and increase strength, which is paramount for our customers, no matter what sector. We can also guarantee short lead times with our National Small Series type approval available on the vast majority of 26T builds.


Engineered to tackle the heaviest loads in the roughest conditions, by utilising FEA Analysis and 25 years of experience


The beavertail geometry allows you to carry the widest possible range of machine configurations


Galvanised components provide greater protection against corrosion, giving your plant body maximum durability

Available Ramp Styles

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On time, every time

Partnerships are all about communication and honesty. That’s why we pride ourselves on accurate, fast and flexible lead times; making sure your product is built to schedule and delivered on time, every time.

Innovation meets excellence

From extensive use of galvanising to the widest range of fall arrest systems on the market, innovation is at the heart of everything we do. It’s this commitment to the higher standard that sets us apart and guarantees our products are efficient, effective and built to last.

Going the extra mile

If it matters to you, it matters to us. We don’t just take care of customers during build and delivery, we go the extra mile to ensure that you’re fully satisfied with your product and its performance throughout its working life.
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Having visited the Sterling factory I was extremely impressed in the superior quality of the product and it’s clear that they have produced a design with the user in mind and have eradicated a number of issues seen in competitive products.

Adrian Hutchinson, Clements

Managing Director

During the development and build of the trailers, the team at Sterling clearly understood our requirements and needs to produce a trailer that was ‘fit for purpose’, and not an adapted ‘off the shelf’ unit.

Steven Gerrard, Lifterz

Operation Manager

All trucks were delivered to the highest Euro-6 specification with a double cab, driving plus package and living package. Feedback from the drivers is off the Richter scale! These new vehicles maintain the highest standards of Murphy Plant logistics, enabling the delivery of our civil and rail plant fleet, movement of accommodation, and practically any other site movements that Murphy requires.

Mike Carpenter, Murphy Plant

Managing Director

Sterling gave us a date the truck would arrive and to their word it arrived on that day.  Full handover was done by Sterling & DAF, the truck was bang on the spec we wanted and we’re very pleased with what we received!”

Andy Bradberry, Upward Powered Access

Company Manager

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