Power at the front, power at the back. Thompsons hydraulic tailgates offer extra performance on John Stacey’s latest tippers

Tuesday, 18th June 2019


Now running over 50 heavy trucks, Hampshire – based John Stacey & Sons is part – way through an eight vehicle fleet upgrade programme, all of their latest tippers being specified with Thompsons Loadmaster bodies fitted with AutoLift hydraulic ‘power up / power down’ tailgates.

Company director Steve Stacey said:

“We place maximum emphasis on a truck’s versatility, performance and productivity, which for tipper bodies means we inevitably choose Thompsons. Over the years, the heavy duty double skinned Loadmaster has proved to be a remarkable piece of equipment, able to carry anything and everything with next to zero maintenance issues or downtime.

Quite simply, we buy the best tipper bodies we possibly can, so we now specify our Loadmasters with Thompsons’ AutoLift hydraulic tailgate as well. Why? Because they significantly increase the overall performance of the vehicle.”

As the Stacey tippers demonstrate, AutoLift is the ideal complement for the super – tough double skinned Loadmaster. Given that this is a tipper body designed to carry loads such as over-sized rocks, rubble or demolition materials, ejecting such irregular payloads runs the risk of damaging a conventional tailgate with its fixed height hinge and toprail. In contrast, the hydraulic cylinders located in AutoLift’s rear cornerposts not only raise the whole tailgate assembly to create a 25% larger rear body aperture, but also hold the tailgate panel in an open horizontal position. As a result, the whole tailgate assembly is now positioned well clear of the exiting payload.

With the load successfully ejected and the body lowered, AutoLift then ‘powers down’ the tailgate into a fixed closed position secured by lugs on the rearmost side of the corner posts. Operated up and down by a single switch inside the cab, AutoLift therefore makes the whole tipping process easier, faster and safer as well as significantly reducing the possibility of incidental damage to the vehicle.

Steve Stacey added:

“Over the life of the truck AutoLift more than pays for itself. A conventional fixed height tailgate is much more prone to damage which in turn means incurring additional costs for repairs and vehicle downtime. AutoLift also adds to the residual value of the truck when we sell it. In essence, AutoLift makes a modern tipper complete.”

Complete with their 450hp engines, Stacey’s new DAF tippers with their Loadmaster AutoLift bodies deliver a really powerful performance from the front of the truck to the rear. Four of the eight new tippers are now on the road, with another two CFs and two Volvo FMXs to follow. The new trucks also confirm that all the tippers in Stacey’s extensive fleet are now bodied by Thompsons.

Speaking at Thompsons HQ in Croydon, Joint Managing Director Scott Burton notes:

“We’re delighted that John Stacey & Sons is realising the full benefit of using our AutoLift tailgate, and has once again chosen it for their latest eight tippers. With their trucks often having to carry irregular payloads, this is the ideal application for a tipper tailgate that can be raised higher and out of harm’s way when ejecting the load.

Making tipping speedier and safer is really what AutoLift is all about.”

Thompsons Scotland’s first Loadmaster X – Lite adds lots more payload to make a tipper that’s ‘just about perfect’

Tuesday, 14th May 2019


Perhaps more so than with any other type of truck, tipper operators really do know precisely what they want from their vehicles and, in turn, choose their specifications very carefully.

For its latest tipper grab truck, Glasgow operator About Grab Hire UK Ltd has gone out – and – out to acquire a vehicle that delivers an optimum combination of performance and payload. As a result, his new vehicle has been fitted with the first Thompsons X – Lite Loadmaster body to be built in Scotland.

Company boss John Martin says:

“My other three vehicles all have Loadmaster bodies, so there’s no question about Thompsons quality and reliability. With the latest X – Lite, they’ve gone another stage further with a weight saving of around 260kgs over their current Loadmaster Lite, and almost half a tonne over the heavy duty, double – skinned Loadmaster. Yet thanks to X – Lite’s construction from Hardox 500 steel, there’s no loss in strength or durability. In fact, there’s even more.

In our job, where trucks are inevitably on the heavy side, the new X – Lite is a game – changer.”

Taking the standard Loadmaster Lite design, the higher strength of Hardox 500 means that the tipper body’s floor and sides can now be reduced in thickness by 1mm to 4mm and 3mm respectively, thereby producing a weight saving of the main bodywork panels in the order of 20%.

Principally providing services to the building and landscaping industries, About Grab Hire’s tippers rarely have two working days the same. This means that the trucks have to able to handle any job that comes along, with equal standards of performance and reliability. For the chassis, John Martin chose a 450hp R cab Scania, the final spec being completed with an Epsilon crane and HARSH’s high stability underfloor tipping gear. The truck’s lucky driver also gets cab air conditioning and full leather trim too.

Despite its particularly high specification, the unladen weight of the new truck is 16,800kgs – with all other tippers in the company being over 17,100 kgs.

Starting his business in 2006 with a single skiploader, ever – increasing landfill taxes and a heavy recession made John realise that there was much greater potential in operating tippers, and particularly with the additional opportunities offered by grab hire work. That sound and practical business approach has brought About Grab Hire to where it is today, working both throughout the Central Belt and further afield.

Speaking for Thompsons Tippers Scotland, Sales Manager David Craig says:

“We’re very proud to have built our first X – Lite body for John. Like him, we think X – Lite will be one of the key products in our range. John is also representative of many of our customers who appreciate that Thompsons is now a fully native Scottish tipper manufacturer, and are therefore pleased to support us and work with us. And besides selling new bodies, we can also offer Scotland’s tipper operators unmatched after – sales parts and service support as well.”

John Martin’s final verdict on his new Thompsons tipper?

“Just About Perfect!”

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