Thompsons starts 2016 with its most important new product for years – the company’s first tipping trailer

Tuesday, 19th January 2016

Thompsons, the UK’s leading tipper bodybuilder, kicks off 2016 with its most significant new product for many years – its first production tipping trailer.

Called Paymaster, the new trailer has been designed with one key objective – to allow tipper operators to carry a good 50% more payload than an equivalent 8×4 rigid. In practice, Paymaster will therefore carry an additional 10 tonnes of product over an eight wheeler.

Designed for full multi-purpose operation with a wide variety of payloads, Paymaster’s chassis and body are both made in steel. The former, a particularly advanced lightweight design that’s tapered towards the front, is built by Fliegl of Muhldorf in Germany. The single – skinned body, made to Thompsons own design to perfectly complement the chassis, is made from Hardox 450 – the standard material for Thompsons market – leading Loadmaster Lite rigid bodies.

With its curved floor designed for the cleanest possible load ejection, other key features of Paymaster include a 9.8m internal floor length, 1.3m high single piece sides, automatic tailgate, front to back electric sheeting, on-board weighing and an Edbro CS17 tipping gear. On the chassis, the SAF running gear comes with full air suspension, disc brakes and a lifting front axle.

Paymaster has been introduced with a particular focus on quarry operators and general hauliers wanting extra efficiency and productivity in moving large volumes of stone and aggregates, yet who could also use a tipping trailer for a variety of other uses. Such built – in versatility can only come from a steel / steel chassis and body combination where strength, durability and long term reliability are effectively built in from the outset.

Complete with sheet and ready to run, the new trailer weighs in at a highly competitive weight of 7,380kgs. Allowing for a 6×2 tractor weighing some 8,500kgs, payload is comfortably over 28 tonnes, thereby achieving the required 50% bonus over the eight wheeler.

Scott Burton of Thompsons comments:

“Tipper operators have been asking us for some time whether or not we will do a trailer – and now we have. With Paymaster, we’re focusing on the mainstream market sector where Thompsons is already strong – general purpose tipping with steel bodied vehicles. Paymaster simply adds to our existing product portfolio, enabling Thompsons to offer customers the broadest choice of bodywork in the industry. More and more, we see that tipper operators are wanting not just rigids or just trailers, but both. By introducing Paymaster, Thompsons can now meet their needs precisely.

With Paymaster, we have made particular effort to provide the most advanced and productive chassis and bodywork combination possible. And just like every Thompsons product, Paymaster is built to all our industry – leading standards of quality, fit and finish.

As a result, minimal cost of ownership and long term value are assured.”

The first Paymaster trailer has just been put into service by Hurt (Plant Hire) Ltd of Preston. Now part of a highly varied fleet, the new tipping trailer also enables Hurt’s tractor units to keep working when not delivering plant equipment on low loaders.

As a long – time established Thompsons customer, manager Ian Coulton comments:

“Whilst our 8x4s with their Loadmaster bodies will remain the core of the fleet, the Paymaster trailer will undoubtedly add to our overall operating versatility and efficiency. When both the loading point and delivery point are acceptable, it makes total sense to use a trailer that can carry an extra 10 tonnes of material.

In every way, Paymaster is another top quality Thompsons product, and we are delighted to have the very first. With the specification and detail finish true to Thompsons quality, we expect it to be a high performer for many years to come. Another key point is that the operating cost of an artic tipper is very similar to an 8×4, as indeed is the capital cost to purchase it.

Simple mathematics says that the Thompsons Paymaster is an ideal product for today’s difficult economic climate.”

Thompsons’ Sales Manager Ian Chaplin also notes:

“Even making just two trips per day, Paymaster is carrying an extra 20 tonnes of product. So that’s at least 100 tonnes more per week, or an extra 5,000 tonnes per year. In the right operating environment, this is a simply enormous productivity bonus.”

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