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.”

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.”

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