Originally Posted by willk
She hasn't been introduced to the willkcraft yet so it's too early to comment on her towing ability/manners but I'll update you later in the month.
OK - a couple of hundred towing miles later...
The Defender was an 18yo 110 300Tdi with a nominal 126hp available.
The Dmax is spankers with 163hp and a shed load of torque on tap.
On the hard and flat, the Dmax is very much superior to the Deafener while towing the full legal limit of 3500kgs (+
). She still can carry another 500kg in the tray - I've probably damn nearly reached the 6.5 tons train weight and still she takes inclines that the Defender would have baulked at. Braking and handling is considerably better - but the main difference is in straight pulling power.
The Defender couldn't make as tight a cut while reversing.
However, the Defender totally outclasses the Dmax in low-box work - on slips, gravel and horsing the load around on poor surfaces it is unequalled.
Am I a happy camper - sure I am