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.”

Thompsons kicks off 2019 by achieving ‘10 out of 10’ with Holystone

Thursday, 3rd January 2019


With the addition of two new Loadmaster – bodied Scania XTs, Holystone Civil Engineering Ltd’s truck fleet has reached double figures, with all the company’s tippers now bodied by Thompsons.

Just like many other UK tipper fleets, Holystone needs tippers that can turn their wheels to almost every type of job that comes along, whether that be muckshifting, delivering aggregates or transporting crushed concrete and recyclables.

As the company’s Transport Manager Graham Skelton says:

“Any idea that specifications don’t much matter with general purpose tippers is completely wrong. In fact, it’s quite the opposite because the truck has to be efficient and productive in every task we put it to. That’s a tough call, and in our operating environment previous experience of various types of chassis and bodies count for a great deal.

So if all our tipper fleet is now bodied by Thompsons, there have to be very good reasons why.”

Why indeed? Primarily because in Graham’s opinion, Thompsons’ all – steel Loadmaster Lite bodies are simply unmatched in their versatility, efficiency and reliability.

Graham says:

“The single skinned Loadmaster Lite offers the perfect balance between strength and weight. We’ve got all the ruggedness we need for the really arduous jobs, yet still with a 19 tonnes payload capacity. That’s an excellent figure for premium spec tippers such as these.”

Not surprisingly, Holystone’s new tippers are also much liked by their drivers. Whilst the Scania XTs are highly regarded, so too do their Loadmaster Lite bodies get solid praise as well, especially for their ease of use and upkeep.

Thanks to cab – operated tailgates and fast acting cantilever sheeting systems, drivers rarely have any need to leave the comfort of their cabs (which, in mucky site conditions, also helps to keep their interiors as clean as possible). Similarly, Loadmaster Lite’s smooth single piece sides and tailgate make vehicle washing quick and easy.

Graham concludes:

“We’ve long believed that running the best possible trucks pays real long term dividends. Their are four things that we really want from our tippers – minimal downtime, good payload capacity, happy drivers and the maximum possible residual value. Having now run Loadmasters for many years, it’s fair to say that these bodies really deliver on all those requirements.”

Established in 1970 and based at Blaydon, Tyne and Wear, Holystone has a range of customers from national housebuilders to private landowners, and offers a full range of civil engineering services including site clearance, pipe laying, demolition, plant hire and inert landfill.

Holystone’s new tipper bodies are just two examples of hundreds of similar examples produced last year at Thompsons’ north England location in Blackburn. A fourth Blackburn factory will be commissioned early in 2019 complete with an all – new robot welding system that will significantly add to the company’s production capacity.

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