‘Local in Lancashire’ makes Thompsons – bodied DAF tippers the ideal trucks for Blackledge Plant Hire

Monday, 9th May 2016

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“Our tipper bodies are made eight miles away in one direction, our truck chassis five miles away in the other”

says Keith Blackledge, owner of Blackledge Plant Hire of Bamber Bridge, just outside Preston.

A long – time Thompsons customer, Keith confirms that

“Together, Thompsons and DAF give me the perfect truck. Everything we would ever want in a tipper comes from right here in Lancashire.”

Of course, if there were better tipper bodies built elsewhere, Blackledge would probably be using them. But in their particularly arduous, multi – tasking operating environment, the Thompsons all – steel Loadmaster reigns supreme.

Built to handle everything from sand and aggregates work through to muckaway and site clearance, the single – skinned Loadmaster Lite offers tipper operators the best possible balance between high strength and low weight. Now 20 years since its introduction, Thompsons’ Loadmaster range has long been the UK’s most successful tipper body.

And thanks to almost continual improvement in both materials and production techniques, the latest Loadmaster Lite model is today more popular than ever.

“It’s the sheer versatility of the Loadmaster that makes it such a winner” says Keith. “No matter what you put in it, even up to rubble from demolition sites, there are never any problems. For long – term strength and durability, Loadmaster has proven itself to us time and again.”

Mounted on their 400hp DAF CF chassis and fitted with conventional front end tipping gear, the two new examples that have just joined the Blackledge fleet each weigh in at around 13,200kgs ready to run.

A family owned business of over 40 years standing, Blackledge Plant Hire specialises in providing bulk excavation, site clearance, tipper haulage and plant hire services across Lancashire and north west England. In this operating environment, where practicality and reliability count for almost everything, Blackledge’s eight Loadmaster tippers are worked extremely hard, often being employed on different types of jobs even in the same day.

A Thompsons customer for almost 15 years, it was the bodybuilder’s coming to Blackburn in 2001 that started off this particularly successful business relationship. Indeed, nowhere else in the UK beats Lancashire’s in-depth track record for building top quality commercial vehicles and ancillary equipment.

As Ian Chaplin, Sales Manager for Thompsons says

“Blackledge Plant Hire is perhaps the perfect example of the core Thompsons customer; a family owned local business, long established, and with a great track record. In every sense, we’re delighted to have such a close association with them.”

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