Our Builds


Charles Wilson Engineers started in Harpenden in 1979 and more than thirty years later, they are still a privately owned rental business, committed to offering their customers the best equipment, backed up by a high level of personalised service. Their ethos has never changed, they have simply expanded in order to offer their products and services to more people around the country. They now offer plant hire and tool hire not only in London but across all of the South East, South West, the Midlands and the North West of England.

They have hire shops located nationwide, from London, to Birmingham, to Leeds. Nationwide, you can visit their branches in order to receive a range of services, not just plant and tool hire. You can also purchase a range of products from them, including safety wear, drill bits, and similar items.

Shawtrack have had a relationship with Charles Wilson for many years, this year they have just taken delivery of their first 32t Beavertail, with bespoke decking and many optional extras.

Barnaby Smith from Charles Wilson says:

We choose Shawtrack to build and supply our plant bodies over their competitors as they provide Charles Wilson Engineers a great service and an exceptional body that in our option is a market leader. Their bodies are very robust yet still light in weight allowing us to maximise payload.

Our latest body on this Volvo FM 460 is derived from many years of research and development by both parties, it represents our vision for quality, compliance and safe vehicles. This truck will be put through its paces at our Crawley depot. It will deliver a range of plant from road rollers to 13t tracked diggers. With a payload of around 18t it fits the bill perfectly, we expect to get many years’ of service from this vehicle.” 


  • Ladder rack to headboard
  • Rear facing work lights
  • Load Binder rack and trays
  • Radio remote kit for winch
  • LED Amber Beacons (Mounted to Headboard)
  • Twin strap and post edge protection
  • Crossrail/FORS Kit plus load cam and forward facing cam with DVR (500gig)
  • Chassis mounted tool box in support frame
  • Rear tow hitch with 12/24v electric to suit chassis
  • Aluminium skid plates to both cranks of Btail full width
  • HD Mesh to hull flat of body


Model: FM460
Chassis weight:9,434kg
Finish weight:13,170kg

Payload:18,830 kg