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.”

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

TIP-Ex launch for new Thompsons Loadmaster X – Lite.
Latest Hardox 500tuf steel contributes to huge 300kgs weight reduction

Friday, 18th May 2018


TIP-Ex ’18 sees Thompsons launch its most significant new body for a decade – the Loadmaster X – Lite.

At some 300kgs lighter than the ever – popular Loadmaster Lite, the success of the new X – Lite with UK tipper operators looks inevitable.

The key to X – Lite is a stronger, harder and more abrasion – resistant grade of Hardox steel, called Hardox 500tuf. Ideally suited to heavy duty tipper work, the increased performance of Hardox 500tuf means that X- Lite’s floor thickness can be reduced, creating a substantial weight saving.

Whereas the current Loadmaster Lite has a 5mm floor, X – Lite’s floor with Hardox 500tuf is 20% thinner at 4mm thick. There are further material changes for X – Lite too. Side panel thickness of the long – proven Hardox 450 material has also been reduced by 20% from 4mm to 3.2mm, whilst X – Lite’s headboard is now just 3mm thick.

The result of all these improvements is an overall weight saving of around 300kgs, thereby offering a similar amount of extra payload.

Confirming Thompsons’ market – leading position, Loadmaster X – Lite is the first tipper body in the UK to use the new Hardox 500tuf.

Scott Burton from Thompsons comments

“the Loadmaster Lite has been the UK’s top selling tipper body for many years, but now we can take the Loadmaster family another stage further with the X – Lite. This new body will be of particular interest to payload – conscious aggregates hauliers who, in an ideal world, also want the extra strength of steel. For them, an extra 300kgs of payload in one go is a huge step forward.

For our traditional steel body customers, they will be delighted not just at the significant extra payload potential of X – Lite, but also the fact that the long – proven Loadmaster design itself remains virtually unchanged.

With an expanded range of three Loadmaster models, Thompsons can now satisfy an even wider section of the market.”

Exhibited in Hall A of the TIP-Ex Show on a New Generation Scania chassis, the X-Lite body is also fitted with an air-operated automatic tailgate, Edbro tipping cylinder and VWS on – board weighing equipment.

nb: Photo is of the current Loadmaster Lite, the UK’s top-selling tipper body.
TIP-Ex 2018 sees the first ever example of the all – new Loadmaster X – Lite

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