Loadmaster Lites deliver big payload plus for McGee’s new fleet of low cab, city – spec tippers

Monday, 19th July 2021

 

It’s Thompsons bodies once again for McGee as the company takes on a brand new fleet of ten innovative low-height tippers that have been purpose-designed for on-road operations in city and urban environments. And thanks to their latest Thompsons bodies, payload capacity has been significantly improved.

One of London’s leading specialist engineering contractors, McGee has made a major investment into its tipper fleet so as to secure the maximum possible productivity, economy and safety. Further supporting the company’s accreditation to the highest FORS Gold standard, these latest trucks meet all current and anticipated legislation for working in London and its environs.

A long – time user of Thompsons all-steel Loadmaster bodies, these latest L Cab 8×4 Scanias feature Loadmaster bodies once again but now in the significantly lighter single-skinned Loadmaster Lite specification. Whereas the company’s traditional 8x4s with their heavy duty double-skinned bodies tipped the scales at around 13,900kgs, these latest low cab tippers are some 500kgs lighter.

McGee’s Transport Manager Andy Weston says:

“Loadmaster Lite is the ideal tipper body for urban work. It’s more than tough enough to handle each and every job that comes along, whilst also providing a significant increase in payload. Add to that Thompsons’ superb quality of build, fit and finish – plus their whole range of details and options – and you have a product that fully equals the quality of the Scania chassis. ”

With their cabs being set further forward to achieve a lower height, overall vehicle length of the new tippers has increased. To offset this, having a ‘1 plus 3’ axle layout with the trailing and steering 4th axle located behind the double drive bogie gives the truck an effective wheelbase similar to a much shorter 6×4 tipper – with all the manoeuvrability and tight turning advantages that implies.

Andy adds:

“It’s an unusual fact that these longer vehicles are actually more versatile for city centre work. Not only are they able to navigate the streets better, but our drivers now have unmatched forward and side vision making our trucks appreciably safer for pedestrians, cyclists and other third parties.

Drivers also benefit from a much lower and easier entrance and exit height from their cabs, along with reduced in-cab noise as the engine is no longer directly under the cab floor. We’ve also specced these trucks with ‘road friendly’ air suspension that provides a softer, more relaxed ride as well as lower noise levels coming from the vehicle.”

Other features of these bodies bespoke to McGee include additional load retention panels atop the body side panels and a traffic light warning system to prevent overloading.

With their reduced ride height, these tippers are obviously not designed for heavy duty off-road work, although thanks to a simple raise/lower ride height control they can still tackle moderate work off the highway. Brought into their fleet to complement their conventional 8×4 models, McGee now has a fleet of tippers that are ideal for each and every type of operation.

Commenting for Thompsons, Joint Managing Director Scott Burton says:

“It’s great to see one of London’s leading civil engineering businesses taking tipper operation another stage forward. Having run our bodies for many years, McGee’s new fleet confirms that Loadmaster Lite is the obvious bodywork choice for the latest generation of city – spec tippers.

We wish them every success with their new trucks.”

Eight new curved floor Multimasters prove Thompsons the optimal choice for JKS Group

Monday, 5th July 2021

 

Employing its tippers on a wide portfolio of duties including site clearance and muckaway, the Essex – based JKS Group considers Thompsons’ curved floor Multimaster to be the ideal tipper body to handle the widest range of its ever – increasing workload. So much so that eight new Multimaster – bodied Scania XTs have just joined the JKS fleet.

Company owner Jeremy Suttling says:

“The principal benefit of the curved floor is that discharging wet or sticky loads such as clay and topsoil is that much easier because the product can’t stick in the join areas between the vertical bodysides and the horizontal floor of a conventional tipper. The tipping operation is therefore that bit quicker and more efficient, whilst also reducing the need to shunt the vehicle back and forth to shake out any residue. Traditionally we’ve long been a Thompsons customer, but for our current needs Multimaster is the perfect solution.”

Built in steel with air operated tailgates, JKS’ Multimasters are not only the ideal body for muckaway work but also easily strong enough to handle arduous site work carrying everything from bricks to big lumps of concrete and other materials for recycling. Mounted on Scania XT chassis, their unladen weight is some 12.6 tonnes resulting in a highly competitive payload capacity of 19,400kgs which perfectly suits JKS’ combined need for strength, durability and productivity.

Based in Rochford, just north of Southend, the JKS Group is actively involved in aggregates, civil engineering, plant hire, earthworks, demolition, haulage and recycling. As such, its 36 – strong truck fleet includes everything from standard front end tippers to tipper grabs and 44 tonnes artics.

Looking after the fleet on a daily basis, JKS director Jamie Crocker says

“our standards of professionalism and customer service absolutely depend on us delivering a reliable, high quality and cost-effective package for whatever the client requires. To do this, we need premium, top-spec vehicles that can handle any job and these latest eight Thompsons tippers certainly give us that.

The Thompsons / Scania combination not only gives us a great tipper specification, but these are the trucks that our drivers want to have as well. When drivers are in short supply, that’s very important too.”

Lynch debuts their first Thompsons – bodied high visibility urban tippers

Thursday, 27th May 2021

 

Marking a significant advance in the UK tipper industry, L Lynch Plant Hire and Haulage of Hemel Hempstead has just put into service a number of new low entry Scania L Series 8×4 ‘High Visibility Urban Tippers’ complete with Thompsons’ ever-popular Loadmaster Lite bodywork.

Specifically designed for urban and on-road operation, these new trucks are a significant departure from the ‘industry standard’ UK eight wheeler. Immediately visible is that to achieve their lower height the truck cabs are mounted in a more forward position than for a regular 8×4 and, with these particular examples, the second steer axle is now located behind the double drive bogie.

Stephen Bremner, Fleet and H&S Director for Lynch says:

“For on-road and city applications, these new trucks offer a wide range of advantages. Most immediately, the driver now has a clearer view of not only the road ahead but also of the wider operating environment around the truck. The driver is now in closer proximity to other road users and pedestrians, increasing driver awareness and safety considerations. The low cab height makes exit and entry safer for our drivers as well.

With the cab now more forward of the engine, in-cab noise levels are reduced which, when combined with front and rear air suspension, makes for a particularly comfortable ride. As a working environment, these cabs are now better than ever. Some of our drivers were a bit hesitant about the new trucks at first, but even after a couple of days they are more than happy with them.”

A second key advantage of these trucks is that despite their extra length over conventional off-road tippers, they are no more difficult to drive or manoeuvre in congested urban environments. With the Tridem axle configuration they have a smaller turning circle than a standard 8×4 and are able to navigate left or right hand turns in narrow streets.

There’s one other big operating advantage too. With three axles now located under their all-steel Thompsons bodies, the risk of overloading individual axles is much reduced.

Stephen adds that:

“The body carries the weight of the load, so you really want as many axles directly under the body as possible.”

Stephen also sees Thompsons as the ideal bodywork supplier for these new trucks.

Stephen added:

“We went for Thompsons Loadmaster Lites on our last purchase of conventional layout 8x4s, and they have performed superbly. Light yet strong, they will easily handle any work we put them to. Equally important, Thompsons has the proven expertise to properly engineer and install these bodies and their hydraulics into the Scania chassis. Thompsons also takes on board our specialist requirements too, such as fitting detection alarms for high voltage cables and additional underguard covers.

In terms of both specification and finished quality, Thompsons bodies are therefore the ideal solution for our new urban tippers.”

Speaking for Thompsons, Joint Managing Director Scott Burton says:

“Lynch is a proven industry leader, and therefore it’s no surprise that they were the first customer to come to us to build bodies for these next generation tippers. We’re obviously delighted that our previous Loadmasters have performed so well for them, and wish Stephen and his team all possible success with these latest tippers in their fleet.”

Thompsons range – leading Loadmaster gets a major update, with Cappagh taking the first 40!

Monday, 23rd November 2020

 

Thompsons has introduced a major upgrade to its range – leading heavy duty Loadmaster tipper body. From now on, this super – tough, double – skinned design is being built without front cornerposts. And the first 40 such examples are going to London – based Cappagh.

Thompsons Joint Managing Director Scott Burton says

“Loadmaster was first introduced 25 years ago, and its reputation for reliability and durability in the most arduous conditions is simply unequalled. The original double – skinned design featured cornerposts front and rear to provide the maximum possible strength and rigidity. Today though, thanks to ever higher material quality and our more advanced production processes, we are introducing a revised design offering exactly the same performance, but without the front cornerposts.

Aside from saving a valuable 100kgs in weight this new, simpler, design is also easier and faster to build, thereby boosting our factory productivity. So this latest Loadmaster benefits everyone.”

Significantly, Wimbledon – based Cappagh is now taking the first 40 examples of this latest Loadmaster, 25 being standard front – end tippers with the remaining 15 specified as tipper grabs. Notable too is that Cappagh was also one of the very first customers of the original Loadmaster when it was launched in the mid 1990’s.

Incorporated in 1973, family – owned Cappagh is one of the tipper industry’s major success stories, the company now working across 14 sites located not just within London but also in a triangle between Oxford in the west, Portsmouth in the south and Maidstone in the East.

Principally engaged in utilities, highways, demolition, aggregates, recycling, muckaway and land restoration, Cappagh needs its tippers to be fully on top of every job that comes along. In meeting this demand, Thompsons tipper bodies have played a key role in the company’s development as Conor Ferncombe, grandson of the founder, explains:

“Since its inception, Thompsons’ Loadmaster has been the ‘go – to’ tipper body, the reference point for everything a tipper body should be. Cappagh has been a Loadmaster user right from when it was launched, and by occasionally trying other makes of body, we inevitably come back to Loadmaster simply because it’s the best tipper there is. There are no jobs it cannot handle, and for a highly varied work portfolio such as ours we absolutely need the everyday versatility that Loadmaster provides.

With tippers, you have to remember that it’s the body that does the really hard work, taking the thumps and knocks when loading and all the abrasion when tipping. So reliability is the key. And when we finally sell the truck on, having a Loadmaster body really does guarantee we achieve the best possible residual value. This latest Loadmaster simply takes the story another stage forward.”

As befits the company’s highly valued FORS Gold accreditation, Cappagh’s new Loadmasters introduce further advances too, particularly in regard to safety. For their drivers, all vehicles are now fitted with cab-operated tailgates as well as in-cab, on-screen viewing of the exterior camera images that cover the full 360 degrees around the truck. In addition to nearside and offside warning panels and ‘Sidescan’ audible proximity alerts, Thompsons has also fitted front and rear strobe lights as well as flashing indicator lights that run down the length of the bodies.

Scott added:

“Thompsons and Cappagh have a shared interest in producing the safest tippers we can, these latest 40 examples being clear evidence of our joint commitment.”

Thompsons super-versatile, custom-spec Loadmaster Lites exactly right for Hazell & Jefferies

Thursday, 20th August 2020

 

Five new Thompsons bodied Renault tippers have now entered service with Berkshire – based Hazell & Jefferies Ltd, the tipper operator saying Thompsons won the business because “Thompsons has an unrivalled ability to understand each and every tipper operation and then respond by producing precisely the bodies that it needs.”

Key to Hazell & Jefferies’ operation is that its tippers have to work over a wide range of duties. One job might see them moving aggregates and crushed recycled products, the next engaged on road planing or hot tar surface dressing. H&J’s Operations Manager Neil Tomlinson says:

“Work can change even in a single day. So what we want is one truck that can be equally successful at everything. With these latest tippers Thompsons gives us exactly this degree of versatility and productivity.”

A notable feature of these latest tippers are that their steel Loadmaster Lite bodies have a longer rear overhang to enable them to easily tip into a hopper or road surfacing machine. To prevent the possibility of rear axle overloads (especially as the trucks have sleeper cabs), their tailgates have then been angled forwards, thereby maintaining the optimal open body dimensions for loading.

Additionally, the air – operated tailgates have also been built with tar chutes, with some of the chassis also featuring automatic couplings for pulling drawbar trailers carrying road planing machines. Completing their tipper specification, the trucks have also been fitted with lightweight Binotto separate ram and tank tipping gears.

Neil Adds:

“The Thompsons / Renault combination is one that really works for us”. These are rugged, hi-spec tippers built for reliability and durability. And a payload of 18,500kgs is fine, given their heavy duty, multi-purpose specification. We’ve dealt with Thompsons for a long time now, and know that their products really do stand up to years of hard work.”

Based in Pangbourne and with a large scale recycling facility at Benson in Oxfordshire, Hazell & Jefferies is a major supplier of road planing and resurfacing work, as well as offering comprehensive services in recycling, skip hire, general highways activities and delivering concrete.

With its new trucks now hard at work, Hazell & Jefferies is already discussing taking a further batch of new Loadmaster Lites before the end of the year.

Scott Burton, Joint Managing Director at Thompsons says

“It’s really important that we give customers tippers that are built and fully finished to their exact requirements. This is the surest way to secure repeat business, and I’d like to thank Hazell & Jefferies for their continuing confidence in both our products and our ability to deliver the tippers that they need.”

Team Thompsons ever stronger with new appointments in sales and factories

Wednesday, 12th February 2020

 

Above: Ian Chaplin & Scott Dunn

Market – leading tipper bodybuilder Thompsons has kicked off 2020 with a range of new appointments that make the company ever stronger in today’s marketplace.

Of key interest to operators, Thompsons has chosen appoint a second sales manager for England, with each having a specific geographical responsibility.

Ian Chaplin will be looking after the western area of England, running south from Carlisle to Birmingham to the South West (including Wales). Joining him with responsibility for the eastern side, Scott Dunn comes to the company from TH White Ltd, with his sales area running from Newcastle Upon Tyne down to Yorkshire, the East Midlands and East Anglia.

Living in Leeds and with over 14 years direct experience of trucks working in the tipping and construction industries, Scott’s appointment enables him and Ian to significantly increase Thompsons’ level of direct customer contact and support.

Further appointments have been made at Thompsons’ Blackburn sites.

David Owen was recently appointed Group Purchasing Manager, whilst Arthur Wright now takes on the role of Production Manager for bodybuilding at Blackburn Factory 2. Lastly, long – serving Blackburn employee Yogi Patel has now been promoted to the key role of Group Health & Safety Manager.

Joint Managing Director Simon Shields says:

“These are all important appointments which will help the company become even stronger. We welcome Scott to our team, with his proven knowledge and expertise being especially valuable to our customers. It’s also good that we can make important promotions from our own staff as the company continues to grow.

2020 already looks like being another key year for the Thompsons Group.”

Above: David Owen

Above: Arthur Wright

Above: Yogi Patel

“We’re back. After all, Thompsons is still the best” says Dave Roberts. Customers now seeing the benefits of Thompsons automation

Monday, 1st July 2019

 

Having recently spent over £4m upgrading its factories, Thompsons is now starting to realise the significant benefits of investing in high technology automated production systems. Particularly notable is that these advances are also being quickly recognised by long – standing customers such as D&E Roberts Ltd of Leatherhead in Surrey.

Director Dave Roberts says:

“We’ve long preferred Thompsons bodies, but in the recent past such was the demand for them that we found their delivery times just getting longer and longer, so regrettably we had to look elsewhere. However, we’ve been impressed by the way Thompsons has really tackled the issue head on by committing to such a large investment programme to boost production capacity in their factories.

As a result, we’ve just taken four new Loadmasters into our fleet, three being standard front end tippers, the fourth a tipper grab. And we can see that the new factory systems are bringing other benefits too, because our new vehicles show that Thompsons product quality is now actually better than ever.”

Key areas of Thompsons’ factory improvements are a new Trumpf 3030 laser cutter installed in the Croydon factory that combines not only higher production levels of many individual body parts, but also delivering these to an even higher standard of quality and accuracy. Of perhaps even greater significance, Thompsons’ northern operation in Blackburn has grown still further with the acquisition of a fourth factory, this site now home to a new, automated robot welding system that can reduce the welding time required for bodysides and tailgates by over 80%.

Also just installed at Site 4 is a brand new Trumpf 8600 brake press to ramp up production of full length bodysides. Additionally, state of the art multi-bay paintshops have also been installed in both Croydon and Blackburn.

Reflecting on the biggest investment programme in Thompsons history, Joint Managing Director Scott Burton says:

“last year, every penny of our profits was put back into the business, plus a lot more money as well. Let no-one be in any doubt that we are fully committed to the long term, and to lead the industry in everything that we do. D&E Roberts has been buying our tipper bodies since the early ’90’s, so we are delighted that customers are now recognising the on-going efforts that we are making to boost production capacity and extend even further our product quality. I thank Dave for his renewed confidence in us.”

The latest four Thompsons tippers in the 20 – strong D&E Roberts fleet are now all hard at work providing additional capacity to meet the ever – rising demand for the company’s tipper services.

All the four trucks are based on high power 450hp DAF CF chassis, the three standard tippers each being fitted with a single – skinned steel Loadmaster Lite body and a front end cylinder to give a highly competitive unladen weight of 12,400kgs. In contrast, the grab truck has the full – spec, heavy duty double – skinned Loadmaster body working in conjunction with a Palfinger Epsilon crane. Each vehicle also features a Thompsons air – operated tailgate.

Dave Roberts sums things up by saying:

“Loadmasters have always been the best tipper bodies out there, and now they’re better than ever. In particular, it’s the final fit and finish that really impresses, not least the outstanding quality of the paint. I’m delighted that Thompsons is once again at the forefront of our fleet.”

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.”

30 new Thompsons Tippers are “a rock solid investment” says Brocklebank Demolition

Tuesday, 21st May 2019

 

Today, not many privately owned tipper companies will place a single order for 30 new trucks, but for Sheffield – based Brocklebank Demolition Ltd their long – proven experience of running Thompsons tipper bodies gives them every faith in their latest investment.

Company owner Nick Brocklebank says:

“Business is good and we are very busy, but we still have to keep the fleet right up to date. With a tipper, the two things that really matter for us are its total, overall performance and then its residual value after 3 or 5 years of very hard work.

Whatever chassis we go for, the addition of a Thompsons body really makes our tippers winners on both those counts. As such, we know that choosing Thompsons is always a rock solid investment.”

Of Brocklebank’s 30 new trucks, 27 have been fitted with Thompsons all – steel single skinned Loadmaster Lite, followed by two with aluminium bodies. The final vehicle is a tipper grab complete with a full – spec double skinned Loadmaster and an Epsilon crane.

Covering a wide range of tasks from moving demolition spoil and recyclables through to stone and aggregate transport, Brocklebank’s trucks operate throughout the South Yorkshire area and often load and tip more than 5 times per day. When being loaded, the constant, everyday battering of the body’s 5mm Hardox steel floor accrues to an enormous amount of punishment, especially when subjected to repeated impact from irregular items such as crushed reinforced concrete, bricks and random stonework.

Similarly, Brocklebank’s Loadmaster Lites have proved to be exceptionally resistant to abrasion and wear when such loads are tipped out.

All Brocklebank’s new tippers are Scania XT models, and each has also been fitted with a Binotto tipping cylinder – 29 examples being combined front end ram and tank models plus a single underfloor ‘pot ram’ for the tipper grab. A typical specification for this type of tipper, this crane truck features a double skinned full Loadmaster specification for maximum versatility and durability.

Nick Brocklebank comments that:

“This is our biggest single investment in new vehicles ever. Loadmaster bodies are just terrific, and the Lite model especially so. Whatever the job, they can carry anything. They don’t crack, they don’t fail and if ever an issue arises Thompsons is always onto it like a shot. We give our Loadmasters the ultimate test, and they deliver. I’m a total believer – our work really shows what these bodies are built for.”

Speaking for Thompsons at the company’s Blackburn factory, Sales Manager Ian Chaplin notes:

“If ever there was an example of a typical Thompsons customer, it must be Nick. He’s built his business up to be at the very top of its field, and we’re obviously delighted to have played a significant part in that success.

Loadmaster Lite has been the UK’s top selling tipper body for over a decade, and there’s no better advert for it than Brocklebank.”

Oakfield Plant and Transport’s new fleet of Scania XT Loadmaster Lites,
first on the road in the East Midlands

Thursday, 12th April 2018

 

Like many tipper companies in the UK, Oakfield Plant & Transport Ltd of Moorgreen, Nottingham marks its total faith in Thompsons tipper bodies by placing regular repeat orders. For its latest ’18 reg’ intake, the company has now arrived at what it considers to be its ideal tipper spec by pairing the long proven, ultra – reliable steel Loadmaster Lite with Scania’s latest XT 8×4 chassis.

With four of these trucks now hard at work, Oakfield has become first fleet to operate XT tippers in the East Midlands.

Transport Manager Alex Bausor comments “as a company we’re always keen to present ourselves as forward – looking and at the very front of our industry. In turn, we want to be seen by our clients as completely professional by embracing all the latest products and available technologies. And whilst most people will see our new chassis first, the fact is that the Loadmaster bodies themselves are just getting better and better too.”

So how does Thompsons’ evergreen Loadmaster Lite tipper body just keep on improving?

Sales Manager Ian Chaplin puts it like this:

“Every year, we invest heavily in our factory technologies to deliver products with higher than ever finished quality. The most obvious recent example of this has been a £500,000 investment into each of our Blackburn and Croydon production sites to equip them with full shotblast and paint facilities. As a result we now have 100% internal quality control from cutting the first metal right through to delivering a fully finished vehicle immediately ready for work. This is what makes Thompsons unique in its marketplace.

Similarly, ongoing investment into all areas of our machine tools from laser cutters to bench presses improves not only the precision, accuracy and quality of all our products but also lets us achieve greater production efficiencies in our factories. Customers such as Oakfield readily acknowledge that not only have the quality of our bodies never been better, but also that they clearly lead the industry.”

Put to work on every type of job from heavy duty site clearance to delivering all types of quarry products, the new XTs with their single skin steel Loadmaster Lites afford an easy 18,500kgs plus payload capacity, notwithstanding a truly ‘top tipper’ spec that includes a high power 450hp engine, auto gearbox and a large roomy cab.

Alex Bausor says:

“Yes, we really want the best trucks we can get, and pairing the Loadmaster with the XT is surely the optimum combination. What ultimately counts though is how much sheer work the truck can deliver for us, so the accent is really on how we can really achieve maximum overall vehicle performance.

Whatever the chassis, we come back for the Loadmaster Lite again and again because its complete reliability gives us zero downtime. Our Lites are also specified with air operated automated tailgates, so not only does the driver not have to get out of the cab when loading or tipping but the whole tipping cycle is speeded up as well.”

Oakfield’s performance criteria also includes how the vehicles slow down and stop too, which is why all the latest quartet have also been fitted with high performance Scania retarders that offer a vast improvement over conventional pedal – only braking operation. As a result, the new tippers offer a significant extra margin in road safety, whilst also reducing potential downtime due to brake fade and overheating.

Presenting Oakfield Plant & Transport with a totally up to date image isn’t just about the company’s choice of vehicle hardware – it’s also about how those trucks actually look. Not only does Alex have the key responsibility for vehicle selection, but with his considerable skills in graphic design he’s also designed their livery too. Alex says:

“Loadmaster Lite’s clean, modern lines create an excellent base on which to create an attractive livery”

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