KFS Special Vehicles Ltd was incorporated in November 2002, by Ian Knight who had been instrumental in a number of key vehicle developments over the previous 10 years which had at the point of launch been ground breaking in a number of areas. The company was formed initially to produce light weight car transporters, recovery vehicles and niche bespoke body work, with Ian Knight taking the role of Managing Director and Mark Adams Production Director.
By 2005, with the company well established in the respective market places and a growing order book for the Liberty low floor minibus, KFS expanded its factory site to 10,000 square feet to allow for investment to be made into plant and machinery to bring the majority of fabrication work in-house.
With controlled growth taking place in 2005, 2006 and 2007 at which point Steve Elwell joined the company as Sales & Marketing Director, further investment and development took place in an all new low floor minibus which was officially launched in 2009 at the Coach & Bus Live event at the NEC to unanimous praise. 2009 also saw KFS being awarded the best light recovery truck award at the prestige European Tow Show Exhibition, confirming KFS as the market leader in the manufacture of 3.5 ton transporter and recovery truck vehicles.
The Plant & Go range of vehicles from KFS offer a no compromise solution to the transportation of not only commercial mowers but waste and brush, with the clever use of a range of bolt on options. Anyone with a car licence can drive the vehicle and removing the need to tow a trailer means you no longer have to worry if employees have the necessary driving licence classification or having to operate on a tachograph when towing.
Moving Landscaping Equipment, Machinery and Waste Easily
The Plant & Go Range of vehicles from KFS have been developed in partnership with professional landscapers and grounds maintenance companies to offer a no compromise solution to the transportation of not only commercial mowers, chippers and equipment but also waste and brush, with the clever use of a range of bolt on options. Anyone with a car licence can drive the vehicle - removing the need to tow a trailer means you no longer have to worry if employees have the necessary driving licence classification or having to operate on a tachograph when towing. They are ideal for Landscapers, Grounds Maintenance, Gardeners and Greenkeepers, allowing most equipment to be transported without a trailer.
The Plant & Go range have been tested with a wide range of mowers and other equipment, including Ransomes Jacobsen, Kubota, Hayter and Scag.
Advanced Low-Loader Vehicle Design
Ground breaking in a number of key areas the vehicle is designed around a fully type approved chassis conversion which when mated to a 2.2 litre 3.5 ton cab has a kerb weight of 1,800kg (dependant on specification). With the floor height of the vehicle being only 530mm from the ground and either 2.0 metre certified aluminium ramps or a full tailgate, loading of equipment is carried out both quickly and safely.
Loading Ramps, Secure Locker and Accessories
A minimum of 6 (dependant on body length) recessed lashing rings are located in the bed with rope tie down points on the bulk head and chassis underside to ensure equipment can be secured once loaded. Secure storage lockers can be specified which will accommodate the full range of equipment and tools required when on site. The unique stowage method designed by KFS means where ramps are supplied they lock into the side of the truck when not in use to create an area in which general items can be easily carried. Where a tail gate is specified drop sides are supplied (forward of the wheel box) on the vehicle as standard. The specially design extruded ribbed aluminium floor offers excellent levels of grip for both equipment and operatives in all weather conditions, and provides an exceptionally strong floor.
Fast, Manoeuvrable and Flexible Grounds Maintenance Vehicles
A full width aluminium bulk head with meshed upper section is another standard feature, while a comprehensive range of options are available, including storage lockers and removable meshed high sides making the truck fully flexible and multi functional. Health and safety concerns which would normally come with trailer towing or loading onto a traditional drop side vehicle are removed due to the low floor height and carrying capacity of the truck. Manoeuvrability is another key advantage, when arriving on site having the mower on the prime mover and not on a trailer means loading and unloading is much simpler. Whole life costs are substantially reduced as you are servicing and maintaining one unit rather than two.
Options to Suit Your Landscaping Requirements
The vehicle is available in 2 wheel bases and 3 body lengths. With the combination of deck height and ramp length, even plant with minimal forward drive can be loaded. The range of options for landscaping equipment and grounds maintenance equipment include a winch, additional ramps and extra tie rings.
The Plant & Go range of vehicles for Plant Hire Companies from KFS offer a no compromise solution to the transportation of not only light plant but any item which requires delivery to your customer. They are the Perfect Solution for Plant Hire Companies.
No Special Licence Required
With the truck having a gross weight of 3,500kg, anyone with a car licence can drive the vehicle. Removing the need to tow a trailer means you no longer have to worry if employees have the necessary driving licence classification or having to operate on a tachograph when towing.
Amazing 1,800kg kerb weight
Ground breaking in a number of key areas the vehicle is designed around a fully type approved chassis conversion which when mated to a 2.2 litre 3.5 ton cab gives the vehicle a kerb weight of 1,800kg (dependant on specification). Whole life costs are substantially reduced as you are servicing and maintaining one unit rather than two.
Low Loader Vehicles - Faster and Easier Loading
With the floor height of the vehicle being only 530mm from the ground and 2.0 metre certified aluminium ramps supplied as standard, loading and unloading of plant hire equipment is carried out both quickly and safely. This low loader vehicle has a minimum of 6 recessed lashing rings (dependant on body length) located in the bed with rope tie down points on the bulk head and chassis underside to ensure hire equipment can be secured once loaded.
Flexible Uses - All Your Plant Transport Covered
The unique stowage method designed by KFS means when the ramps are not in use (drop sides and a full tail gate are optional) they lock into the side of the truck to create an area in which smaller loose items can be carried easily. A full width aluminium bulk head with meshed upper section is another standard feature and allows ladders and scaffolding to be carried while protecting the cab occupants.
Health & Safety Benefits - Safer than Trailer Towing
Health and safety concerns which would normally come with trailer towing or loading onto a traditional drop side vehicle are removed due to the low floor height and carrying capacity of the truck. The specially design extruded ribbed aluminium floor offers excellent levels of grip for both equipment and operatives in all weather conditions, and provides an exceptionally strong floor.
Saves Delivery Time For All Types of Equipment
Manoeuvrability is another key advantage; when delivering hire equipment to site. Having the plant or hired equipment on the prime mover and not on a trailer means delivery time is improved.
KFS lead the way in the design and construction of light weight aluminum bodies for car transporter and recovery truck applications on all major vehicle manufacturers’ chassis.
The all aluminum deck construction available either open or closed has become the benchmark for the industry. Combining both integral strength while maximising vehicle transport capacity, all KFS bodies are designed and built at our factory in Andover.
Transporter Vehicles Deigned For the Job
Specialising in particular on 3.5 ton gross vehicles, KFS have developed product specifically for car transport and vehicle recovery, due to each sector having key criteria which the truck has to meet.
Advanced Car Transporter Design
KFS also offer a fully type approved low line chassis conversion which has a number of key advantages including lower deck height and increased payload when compared to a traditional bodied chassis cab car transporters. Having over the last 4 years developed a core range of products around the chassis design, KFS are able to offer both fixed bed and slide bed vehicle transportation variants, all with ground breaking payloads.
Car Transporters and Recovery Vehicles For All Requirements
KFS manufacture fix bed and slide bed car transporters at 3.5 ton. If you have a specific requirement call us and we will be pleased to advise you which best transporter suits your needs. We can offer vehicles with a full slide bed, solid and open deck beavertails and our exclusive Ultra transporter which has a kerb weight of only 1,820kg.
KFS have a history of providing a range of bespoke built Motor sport Vehicles, from covered and rigid bodied 3.5 ton trucks through to full race support units incorporating living accommodation and full size race car transporters all designed around a 7.5 ton vehicle.
Advanced Designs are available for Motorsport Transport, Classic Car Transport, Motorcycle Transport, Race Support Vehicles, Kart Racing, and Race Car Transporters.
Custom Racing Transport Designed for You
With all Motorsport vehicles designed using the latest Computer Aided Design software (CAD), and built on site at KFS, we work closely with you from initial proposal through each stage of the build. Providing a hands on project managed process, to ensure you get the vehicle you need to transport your car.
We can source and supply any size of base vehicle or are happy to build on your existing vehicle chassis, either new or used. Using the latest lightweight composite body panels we ensure payload is maximised and no compromise is made in the final design, giving you the best race day vehicle to suit your budget.
Easy Race Car Loading
KFS are able to offer a wide range of engineered solutions to ensure even the lowest vehicle can be loaded into or onto the transporter. We have the ability to fit lowering air suspension extended ramps and full height and width tail gates depending on the base vehicle chosen.
Complete Race Support Vehicles
As well as basic race car transporters or motorcycle transport, vehicles can be designed with full sleeping cabins, on-board workshop facilities, storage for tyres, parts and equipment - everything you need for a successful race meeting, or track day. Accommodation can include cooking facilities, hot and cold water and 240v electricity, to allow you to be totally self sufficient.
Get on the Grid - Discuss Your New Racing Transport
Take advantage of KFS Special Vehicles expertise to design and build your Motorsport vehicle whether it be on a 3.5 ton chassis or up to 7.5 ton. Call us on 08456 526444 or complete the 'Call Back' form above today and make your vision a reality.
KFS Special Vehicles have spent time talking to both passengers and operators before developing the two low floor minibuses within our range. The vehicles utilise proven mainstream drive trains and a type approved chassis conversion, ensuring they work well within their specified parameters. Retaining a high percentage of original parts, while offering passengers ease of access and an interior which is both spacious and practical for today’s demanding applications.
Flexible Low Floor Minibus
With an extensive range of options vehicles can be tailored to a customers specific requirements and operational needs. Items such as powered doors, passenger lifts and removeable seating allow you to tailor your minubus to your needs, while effective heating and air conditioning increases passenger comfort, whatever the conditions.
A Minibus with Easy Access
The Freedom Lowfloor minibus has a choice of integrated ramp or passenger lift. With flexible seating, it is able to accomodate seated passengers, wheelchair users, or a combination of both. A secure storage area for walking frames or wheelchairs is included, along with a choice of manual or automatic gearbox. The Liberty provides easy side door access with a wide range of options, and seating for 16 passengers.
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