Thompsons or Charlton? “We want both” says Michael O’Donnell, owner of MC International Haulage

Monday, 22nd November 2021

 

Decisions, decisions. ‘This body, or that body?’ Which is best?

When finalising the bodywork details of his latest batch of top – spec tippers, Michael O’Donnell quickly came to realise it wasn’t a case of choosing a Charlton over a Thompsons, or vice – versa, but actually having both. A decision made that much easier because both these model ranges are products of the larger Thompsons Group.

Michael O’Donnell said:

“Each of the two bodytypes is absolutely ideal for a particular type of work. Charlton’s SuperLite is exactly that – built in steel yet providing the maximum payload in its class. The ideal general purpose tipper body. And then Thompsons’ Loadmaster Lite – easily the most proven heavy duty tipper there has ever been. On really tough jobs, there’s nothing to beat it.

So when you look at these two bodies together, you see that they complement each other perfectly. Having both simply adds to our performance and productivity. Whichever body we choose at a particular point in time, it’s going to come from the Thompsons Group.”

Based at Ashford, Heathrow, MC International Haulage started off ten years ago doing conventional tractor / trailer work into Europe, but soon changed course into developing a wide range of domestic UK tipper services. These now include bulk excavation, land restoration, recycling, road planing, grab work and muckaway.

Immediately notable is that this 22 – strong tipper fleet is built around unusually high vehicle specifications, and with equivalent standards visual presentation to match.

Michael added:

“For chassis, we’re 100% Scania, whilst for bodies it’s now Charlton and Thompsons together. The fact that Charlton is owned by Thompsons is an obvious bonus, as well as a guarantee of their product quality. We’ve run bodies built by Thompsons in Croydon from the very outset, so can vouch for their superb performance, reliability and durability.

Now the Charlton SuperLite adds further appeal – being some 200kgs lighter makes it obviously attractive not just as a straight front end tipper but also when helping to offset the extra weight of a crane on a grab truck.”

Individual features of the Charlton bodies also find widespread favour not just with MC but with tipper operators generally. The completely smooth, flat, one piece sides are ideal for carrying modern liveries whilst also making cleaning quick and easy. SuperLite’s curved floor makes the ejection of wet and sticky loads that much easier too, whilst the very similar GrabLite comes with a flat floor to help scooping up material with a clamshell bucket.

Charlton also offers full range of tipping gears, tailgate designs and supplementary equipment such as onboard weighing, sheeting systems, cameras, pedestrian warning devices and toolboxes – all of which are supplied and fitted in-house.

MC’s duality in bodytypes also carries through into variations in their chassis. Whilst all are Scania, the company also finds ample reason to choose both the standard 8×4 model as well as the more off-road focused XT, all with various engine outputs covering 410, 450 and 500hp.

Finished off with a striking red livery and detailing, taking pride in a fleet like this comes easy – though obviously a lot of hard work goes in to keeping the trucks looking and performing at their best.

Michael says:

“It’s worth all the effort, because we want people to see that we have high standards and fight hard to be at the top of our game. When we come to sell the trucks, if their spec is right and their condition is right then we easily get a top value for them.

Having Thompsons Group bodies on our chassis can make a big difference – they are what used truck buyers are really looking for. And in the meantime, we keep our drivers happy by giving them the best tippers we can.”

Based in Dover, Charlton Bodies Ltd will be delivering a further batch of tippers to MC International in 2022.

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.”

Versatility, quality, options and detail. Thompsons aluminium bodies now winning major new business

Monday, 14th December 2020

 

The first Thompsons tipper for Tillicoultry Quarries

 

Long acknowledged as the UK’s leading builder of steel tippers, Thompsons is now carving out a similar reputation for its aluminium bodies. In particular, customers are now wanting aluminium bodies to accommodate a much wider range of operating requirements.

David Penman, recently appointed General Manager of Thompsons Tippers Scotland says:

“We need to build bodies that can work on tarmac at the beginning of the week, maybe then do quarry jobs on Wednesdays and Thursdays, possibly ending up carrying recyclables at the end of the week. In a nutshell, customers want a weight – optimised product designed to handle a much broader range of payloads, whilst also being offered with a full range of detail options to suit individual specification preferences.”

To meet the need for extra versatility, a particularly noticeable trend is now for aluminium bodies on 8×4 chassis to be fitted with a steel floor liner to provide extra strength and reduced wear when carrying quarry products.

Typically a single piece 3.2mm Hardox sheet, such a steel liner adds around 300kgs to the body weight – but then savings can start to accrue by having a 25% thinner hardened aluminium base on which the liner sits. Adopting aluminium wheels on an 8×4 also saves some 240kgs. Adding extra internal rubbing plates to the rearmost area of the bodysides also provides greatly improved wear characteristics for minimal extra weight.

Further specification alloy body options include multiple bodyside heights, single or split rear tailgates, hydraulic or air actuated tailgate locking, various designs of tar chutes, recessed bodyside steps, front to rear or side to side sheeting systems and front end or underfloor tipping cylinders.

In addition to an unrivalled range of specifications, Thompsons aluminium bodies also include various design and production methods that further improve their performance, durability and long term reliability.

As a specific example, particular attention has been placed on the body crossmembers which transfer the full weight of the loaded body onto the truck’s chassis rails. These crossmembers are now bolted rather than welded to the outside of the body floor, thereby allowing a small but vital degree of extra flexibility than super-stiff (and therefore crack – prone) welded joints would allow.

David adds:

“We see this as a key feature to reduce the likelihood for repairs and downtime”

Of equal significance, tippers that offer proven fail-free integrity in their bodywork become highly attractive to second owners.

In recent weeks major tipper operators such as Tillicoultry Quarries in Scotland’s Central Belt have taken their first examples of Thompsons alloy bodies into their fleets.

Tillicoultry’s Transport Manager Craig Wilson notes

“we were particularly impressed not just by Thompsons’ superb build quality, but also that they would help us re-design even a small component such as the open/ close mechanism of the tar chutes in the rear tailgate. This level of personal commitment and attention to detail is something quite special.”

Thompsons aluminium body with optional steel floor liner

Product range includes bulkers too

 

 

Bodies built bespoke to individual customer requirements

Attention to detail: a re-designed tar chute mechanism

Thompsons range – leading Loadmaster gets a major update, with Cappagh taking the first 40!

Monday, 23rd November 2020

 

Thompsons has introduced a major upgrade to its range – leading heavy duty Loadmaster tipper body. From now on, this super – tough, double – skinned design is being built without front cornerposts. And the first 40 such examples are going to London – based Cappagh.

Thompsons Joint Managing Director Scott Burton says

“Loadmaster was first introduced 25 years ago, and its reputation for reliability and durability in the most arduous conditions is simply unequalled. The original double – skinned design featured cornerposts front and rear to provide the maximum possible strength and rigidity. Today though, thanks to ever higher material quality and our more advanced production processes, we are introducing a revised design offering exactly the same performance, but without the front cornerposts.

Aside from saving a valuable 100kgs in weight this new, simpler, design is also easier and faster to build, thereby boosting our factory productivity. So this latest Loadmaster benefits everyone.”

Significantly, Wimbledon – based Cappagh is now taking the first 40 examples of this latest Loadmaster, 25 being standard front – end tippers with the remaining 15 specified as tipper grabs. Notable too is that Cappagh was also one of the very first customers of the original Loadmaster when it was launched in the mid 1990’s.

Incorporated in 1973, family – owned Cappagh is one of the tipper industry’s major success stories, the company now working across 14 sites located not just within London but also in a triangle between Oxford in the west, Portsmouth in the south and Maidstone in the East.

Principally engaged in utilities, highways, demolition, aggregates, recycling, muckaway and land restoration, Cappagh needs its tippers to be fully on top of every job that comes along. In meeting this demand, Thompsons tipper bodies have played a key role in the company’s development as Conor Ferncombe, grandson of the founder, explains:

“Since its inception, Thompsons’ Loadmaster has been the ‘go – to’ tipper body, the reference point for everything a tipper body should be. Cappagh has been a Loadmaster user right from when it was launched, and by occasionally trying other makes of body, we inevitably come back to Loadmaster simply because it’s the best tipper there is. There are no jobs it cannot handle, and for a highly varied work portfolio such as ours we absolutely need the everyday versatility that Loadmaster provides.

With tippers, you have to remember that it’s the body that does the really hard work, taking the thumps and knocks when loading and all the abrasion when tipping. So reliability is the key. And when we finally sell the truck on, having a Loadmaster body really does guarantee we achieve the best possible residual value. This latest Loadmaster simply takes the story another stage forward.”

As befits the company’s highly valued FORS Gold accreditation, Cappagh’s new Loadmasters introduce further advances too, particularly in regard to safety. For their drivers, all vehicles are now fitted with cab-operated tailgates as well as in-cab, on-screen viewing of the exterior camera images that cover the full 360 degrees around the truck. In addition to nearside and offside warning panels and ‘Sidescan’ audible proximity alerts, Thompsons has also fitted front and rear strobe lights as well as flashing indicator lights that run down the length of the bodies.

Scott added:

“Thompsons and Cappagh have a shared interest in producing the safest tippers we can, these latest 40 examples being clear evidence of our joint commitment.”

Thompsons Scotland leads raft of new appointments

Wednesday, 28th October 2020

 

Above:David Penman

Thompsons, the UK’s market – leading tipper bodybuilder, is pleased to confirm a wide range of new appointments, the most significant of which being key staff positions at its factory at Kirkliston near Edinburgh.

David Penman is now appointed General Manager at the site, and is therefore responsible for all Thompsons’ activities north of the border. To support him directly with new tipper sales, Angus McIntosh joins the company as Sales Manager Scotland. Of particular benefit to both Thompsons and its customers, Angus is already very well known in the Scottish truck scene, having previously worked for over 27 years in various manufacturer dealerships.

Further strengthening Thompsons Scottish team is Stewart Dick, who takes on the important role of production co-ordinator to help the factory run as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

Further appointments have been made at the Group level. Neil Griffin is appointed Engineering Director responsible for all design, technical and engineering issues across both Thompsons and its sister company Charlton, where Andrew Gunn has also been made Sales Director. Another Group appointment is that of Megan Williams who, whilst being predominately based in Blackburn, takes on the role of Group Human Resources Manager.

In recent years the Group has directed considerable resources to fund its expansion, much of which has been focused on its Blackburn sites. Taking advantage of both a readily available pool of skilled labour already familiar with building commercial vehicles as well as a high volume local truck marketplace, Thompsons’ Blackburn operation now builds more tippers than Croydon. Significantly, Thompsons has also established a resident design and engineering facility at its Blackburn site, headed up by Mark Kirvan.

Thompsons preferred policy of ‘promotion from within’ now sees James Sanderson promoted to Production Manager at Blackburn Site 2, following the earlier elevation of Arthur Wright to the equivalent role at Site 1.

Also at Blackburn, Kevin Kelly joins the highly successful Thompsons eParts operation, whilst Matthew Shields takes on responsibility for all Site 4’s higher technology and automation processes.

Commenting on all the recent changes, Joint Managing Director Simon Shields says:

“As for all businesses in our industry, 2020 has proved to be an incredibly difficult and challenging year. However, it’s also given us the opportunity to really look at how we want to see Thompsons grow into the future and how to further strengthen our team. These recent appointments add real depth to our human resource.

In particular, we are delighted to have a strong and well – focused team in Scotland, which is sure to continue the significant advances Thompsons is already making in that marketplace.”

Above: Angus McIntosh

Above: Stewart Dick

Above: Mark Kirvan / Neil Griffin

Above: Megan Williams

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.”

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.”

Ashvale’s ten new Thompsons N3 Tippers get top marks for performance, safety and road user friendliness

Thursday, 16th July 2020

 

Part of the M O’Brien Group, Ashvale Haulage of St. Albans has recently put into service ten new Thompsons – bodied ’20 reg’ tippers. Purchased primarily for working in London and on motorways, the new trucks have been built to ‘N3’ on-road specification, thereby combining the highest levels of performance with optimum safety and road-friendliness to the wider urban road user environment.

Whatever Ashvale’s tipper applications, on-road or off, the new trucks continue the company’s long – standing policy of making Thompsons’ all – steel Loadmaster Lite body the central component in its tipper specifications. Now mounted on Scania’s latest XT chassis, the ever – popular Loadmaster Lite is a single – skinned body design that offers the optimal balance between strength, durability and high carrying capacity. As a result, Loadmaster Lite is entirely suitable for the whole range of Ashvale’s tipper tasks whether carrying stone, aggregates, recycled materials, muckaway or rubble and demolition.

Ashvale Haulage’s managing director James O’ Donnell. says:

“For our needs, Loadmaster Lite is simply an unbeatable tipper body. We never need to think that there’s any job above what a Loadmaster can safely handle, so in that sense it’s a supremely versatile, universal solution for each and every requirement that comes along. We also spec our bodies with Thompsons air – operated automatic tailgates, which not only provide real a safety bonus by allowing the drivers to stay inside their cabs but also speeds up the whole tipping process as well.”

The obvious visual features of the N3 specification include a reduced ground clearance over typical off-road (N3G) tippers as well as the rear wheels having four individual mudguards for maximum spray suppression. The new trucks are also fully compliant with the latest Direct Vision requirements shortly coming into force.

Ashvale’s latest tippers also continue the company’s policy of fitting HARSH high stability underfloor tipping gears.

James adds:

“Unlike a front end gear, the HARSH underfloor design has an additional stability frame that keeps the body firmly in line with the chassis when tipping, as a result, the truck is much more stable when the body is raised – a key safety factor when tipping on soft or uneven ground. Axle loads are also optimised with underfloor gears as the body can be brought that bit further forward into the space where a front end tipping gear would be. ”

Providing a complete range of haulage, transport and earthworks services, Ashvale firmly believes that operating top – spec trucks pays real dividends. Now operating some 60 tippers, Ashvale is accredited to the highest FORS Gold standard with all its vehicles also finished to full Crossrail and Chapter 8 signage specifications.

As well as having an extensive ‘Zero Harm’ operating policy, Ashvale also provides regular in – house training for its drivers.

With all 10 of the recently delivered tippers now hard at work, Ashvale has already ordered another 20 similar trucks for delivery towards the end of this year.

Speaking for Thompsons, Joint Managing Director Scott Burton says:

“Our sincere thanks to James and the team at Ashvale for once again choosing Loadmaster for their latest 10 tippers. Achieving significant repeat business like this is the very essence of what Thompsons is all about, and is hence a true reflection of the quality of both our products and our people.

As one of the leading tipper operators in the South East, we look forward to working closely with Ashvale for many years to come.”

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