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Our Vehicles

A Growing Fleet

The A.W. Jenkinson Transport fleet now comprises more than 800 vehicles ranging from compact shunters to imposing articulated units drawing large trailers, with everything in between. They all enable the A.W. Jenkinson Group to handle more than ten million tonnes of roundwood, woodchips, shavings, bark, timber co-products and other loads every year.  

A.W. Jenkinson Transport operates a rolling system to ensure the most up-to-date fleet possible, incorporating the latest health and safety, design and efficiency innovations.  

On a weekly basis, we take delivery of Volvo and Scania tractor units, all fitted with the very latest technology, from innovative tyre checking sensors to on-board camera systems. 

The bulk of the fleet consists of Scania and Volvo articulated units coupled with a variety of trailers including chipliners, walking floors, tippers, flats or more specialist log wagon trailers. All vehicles are produced to our exact requirements so as to offer the reliability and flexibility our customers demand. In addition, all the units operated by A.W. Jenkinson Transport use Euro 6 engines to ensure maximum efficiency and low emissions. 

The vehicles operate from strategically placed depots throughout the UK, ideally positioned to service the specific requirements of our ever-growing customer base. 

Low Loaders

Our growing fleet of low loader vehicles is designed to transport heavy plant such as grinders, machinery and forestry vehicles from site to site. This means we can offer a rapid response to the time-critical requirements of harvesting and processing. 

As its name suggests, this vehicle’s trailer bed is extremely low compared to normal trailers, which allows for additional height in the hauled loads.  

In the past few years, our low loaders have transported everything from our Peterson Pacific 2710D horizontal grinder to our Volvo H-series L180 loading shovel, our biggest yet.  

Skeletal Log Trailers

Skeletal log trailers – or ‘skellies’ as they are often called in the trade – have a reinforced but lightweight chassis and heavy-duty off-road suspension, making them ideal for forest tracks and unsurfaced roads.  

Many of our timber wagons are fitted with cranes, allowing our skilled drivers to load logs on forestry sites across the country – this is a key advantage in fast-moving felling and thinning operations, even on rough terrain. The trailers’ low centre of gravity and the long distance between the axles improves stability when loading and unloading.  

On busy, high-output sites, the skeletal trailers can work in conjunction with our independent loaders, which can handle in excess of 1,000 tonnes of timber a day.  

These vehicles are just some of the wide range of specialised units designed for roundwood collection directly from remote, upland plantation sites throughout  the country. 

Smaller Units

Double or single – there are several combinations of small trailers, all of which offer full flexibility to suit the needs of the A.W. Jenkinson Group’s clients. For example, these vehicles are ideal for carrying palletised bales of livestock bedding in relatively small volumes to single farms or compost and bark to individual customers’ gardens.  

Our eight-wheelers, including Scania P-Series units, also offer greater driveability to difficult-to-access sites such as remote farms or urban settings where manoeuvrability can be a challenge. 

Tippers And Blowers

Tippers were the first vehicles used by A.W. Jenkinson more than five decades ago and they remain an important part of the fleet. These roof-loaded, open-topped vehicles are used mainly for transporting bulk materials such as wood co-products to sites with restricted access. They use hydraulic rams to tip their loads out of the rear gate.  

Blowers are designed to off-load – or ‘blow’ – grain, animal feed, sawdust and similar materials directly into storage silos or tanks. The bodies tip to assist with the unloading process. They do require headroom, but they are practical, easily manoeuvrable vehicles.  

Tippers are also widely used to haul compressed wood pellets that power the four biomass boilers at a major power station near Selby in North Yorkshire. A.W. Jenkinson Transport was awarded the haulage contract to service the site in April 2021. As a result of this new chapter for the business, we have also opened a dedicated Transport depot at Howden near Goole.

Walking Floors And Chipliners

Walking floors and chipliners are designed to transport dry bulk products – usually wood chips, wood fibres or recycled wood products.  

A.W. Jenkinson Transport is one of Europe’s biggest operators of walking floors. The vehicles have rigid sides and a sophisticated, hydraulically controlled floor system that quickly moves the load out of the rear doors while the driver controls the operation from a safe distance. The trailer can be used in a warehouse or loading dock without the need for a forklift.  

Chipliners, on the other hand, are loaded via the roof and have curtain sides through which the hauls are unloaded with a vehicle such as a loading shovel. They are ideal for sites where the headroom is limited.  

A smaller number of units are also used to pull traditional curtain-sided trailers which deliver packed and palletised goods ranging from bottles of screenwash to spice kits.