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 X-Lite steel bodied tippers set to deliver an extra £10,000 revenue for J&J Franks

Monday, 3rd August 2020

 

Surrey quarry owner and tipper operator J&J Franks has just put into service three new tippers fitted with Thompsons’ lightest ever steel tipper body, the Loadmaster X-Lite. Fully fuelled and ready to run, each of these new trucks tares off at just 12,740kgs, thereby providing a payload capacity of 19,260kgs – a remarkable achievement for a steel bodied eight wheeler.

Specified by Franks’ Commercial Director Paul Lewis, the trucks have been designed to deliver the very best performance and productivity. Paul notes that:

“a typical standard – spec steel bodied eight wheeler will give a payload of 18,500kgs, whereas with these new trucks we are getting 19,260kgs – that’s three quarters of a tonne more, on each and every trip. Over a five year life, this gives us a minimum of £10,000 extra revenue from each truck. With the X-Lite, Thompsons really has taken steel tipper bodies another stage forward.”

Crucial to Franks’ requirements are that its tippers have to be equally adept in moving either the company’s sand and gravel products or working on muckaway jobs for third parties. As such, to meet the inherent needs of reliability and durability the company’s tipper bodies have to be built in steel.

Paul adds:

“To achieve this level of versatility and still get an easy 19 tonnes plus payload really marks these tippers out as something exceptional”

Thompsons manufactures X-Lite bodies from the latest Hardox sheet steel called 500tuf. This material retains all the long-proven strength of standard Hardox 450, but is 20% thinner. This means that on a Loadmaster X-Lite an otherwise standard 5mm thick floor reduces to 4mm, with side panels coming down to 3.2mm thick, and the headboard at just 3mm.

Completing the J&J Franks bodywork specification is a front to back electric sheeting system, air operated tailgate, toolbox and Edbro front end tipping gear. Finished in a particularly novel and attractive hi-vis livery, these are tippers guaranteed to attract everyone’s attention!

Speaking for Thompsons, Joint Managing Director Scott Burton says:

“We have been particularly excited in working with Paul to provide his company with a set of truly exceptional tippers. X-Lite is the third and latest member of our long – established Loadmaster family, and is sure to move the goalposts for steel body productivity out still further. To be able to earn an extra £10,000 per truck over 5 years is no small beer, and we are delighted to have been able to reward Paul’s confidence in us in such a positive way.”

L Lynch marks its 40th birthday with a new fleet of Thompsons tippers

Tuesday, 7th July 2020

 

Established 40 years ago and now a national leader in its field, L Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage is marking its four decades in business with the purchase of 14 new Thompsons tippers, ten being conventional front end models with the remaining four as tipper grabs.

Built on 430hp Volvo FM 8×4 chassis, the new trucks are a significant business win for Thompsons’ Croydon factory as Lynch replaces earlier vehicles in its fleet fitted with other makes of tipper bodies.

Stephen Bremner, Lynch’s Head of Transport Services & Compliance, says that:

“For obvious reasons, the business environment today is now more difficult and challenging than ever, in turn we need the most robust, reliable and cost-effective tippers we can get. What matters most is to have really versatile tippers that can work without fuss or compromise on each and every job that comes along. Thompsons bodies have the pre-eminent reputation in the tipping industry whether for build quality, performance or returning the lowest whole life costs. As such, they promise to give us an excellent return on our investment.”

The ten front end tippers all feature Thompsons all – steel single skinned Loadmaster Lite tipper body, whereas the four crane – fitted grab models have been specified with the heavier duty, double skinned full – spec Loadmaster. Between the two types, Lynch’s new tippers are more than capable of handling any task that comes along.

Started by Liam Lynch in 1980 with a single excavator, the company has evolved year on year into a genuine industry leader thanks to a clear vision to be recognised as the ‘Best Operated Plant Hire and Haulage Provider Nationwide’. Complementing the company’s hundreds of items of plant equipment, its 60 – plus tipper fleet is engaged in a wide variety of work, most notably key infrastructure projects such as the recent A14 upgrade in Cambridgeshire and HS2.

Commenting for Thompsons, Joint Managing Director Scott Burton notes:

“We’re delighted to have secured this major piece of business from Lynch, and thank them for placing their trust in us and our products. Our aim is always to deliver increased productivity with greater cost-effectiveness and lower whole life costs, so that operators can actually prove to themselves that buying the best tipper body available pays real long term dividends.

For precisely this reason, Loadmaster further secures its position as the UK’s all – time top selling tipper body.”

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

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