Thompsons gets a rock solid ’10 out of 10′ from the Gallagher Group

Tuesday, 9th April 2019


Having operated Thompsons tipper bodies for many years, Kent – based Gallagher Group had little difficulty in once again choosing all – steel Loadmaster Lite bodies for its latest batch of 10 Volvo FMX tippers.

Gallagher’s Transport Manager Maxine Buckby said:

“Loadmaster Lite really does deliver the goods. It’s extremely strong, completely reliable and inherently durable. Whatever we use it for, whatever we carry, there’s never a problem. In turn, maintenance and operating costs are virtually zero, so Loadmaster Lite really does provide an optimum solution for the whole range of our tipping needs.”

Based just outside Aylesford in Kent, over the last 45 years the Gallagher Group has built up an impressive reputation as one of the South East’s premier quarrying, civil engineering, building and property development businesses. With aggregates at the heart of the business, the company’s two quarries near the M20 motorway supply over 70 different products from primary and recycled aggregates through to block stone and topsoil. Of particular interest, Gallagher is the last remaining company still quarrying Kentish Ragstone, a hard, grey, sandy limestone that gives many buildings in Kent their own unique character.

To move all their quarry products, the Gallagher tipper fleet’s standard 8×4 specification is built on Volvo FMX chassis, Thompsons Loadmaster Lite steel bodies and Binotto front end tipping cylinders. To demonstrate the everyday versatility of their tipper operation, Gallagher’s trucks can work out of the quarries carrying fine sand or aggregates, then return with various types of inert waste for landfill.

Being able to successfully work across many varied applications has made Loadmaster Lite not just a winner for Gallagher but for a whole host of tipper operators right across the UK.

A lightweight, single skinned design, Loadmaster Lite typically affords a highly competitive 19 tonnes payload when fitted to the majority of today’s premium spec 8×4 tipper chassis. Such is its popularity across the tipping industry that Loadmaster Lite has now been the UK’s top selling tipper body for over a decade.

Acquiring their first Loadmaster bodies back in the 1990’s, Gallagher also appreciates that their smooth modern design also offers a general ease of use and upkeep.

Maxine Buckby added:

“Specifically, their smooth bodysides are ideal both for carrying our livery and for keeping the trucks clean and looking smart. In our industry, standards of image and presentation are particularly important, and we make great effort to present ourselves to our clients and local communities in the most professional and attractive ways as possible.

We were also pleased that Thompsons and its sister company Charlton were also able to undertake the complete painting of our new tippers, not just for their bodies but the chassis and cabs as well.

Whichever way you look at it, whether for their design, performance or whole life economy, Thompsons bodies really do get a rock solid 10 out of 10.”

Speaking for Thompsons, Joint Managing Director Scott Burton notes:

“The Gallagher Group is one of our longest – standing customers, and we are naturally delighted to have been able deliver another 10 new tippers to them. A hugely impressive business, few companies better illustrate the benefits of running highly efficient, supremely versatile tippers built around our Loadmaster Lite bodywork.”

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