Cook & Son rates Thompsons for every tipper application13 October 2016
Tipper operator Cook & Son has added three new vehicles to its fleet, all of which are specified with Thompsons bodies, with Cook’s director Chris Cook declaring “only Thompsons can give us the optimum product for every tipper application”.
Three body types are used to maximise fleet versatility: standard tippers, tipper grabs and an ultra-high spec hookloader.
For general tipper work, Cook’s body of choice is Charlton’s all-steel SuperLite, which is built in Hardox 450 for durability and strength, yet provides maximum payload thanks to its single skinned weight. It also has a curved floor, to make unloading easier.
Another favourite of Cook & Sons is Charlton’s GrabLite, which has a reduced height headboard and a flat floor to facilitate unloading with a crane’s clamshell bucket. Plated for 44 tonnes gtw, the new FH hookloader can also operate with a drawbar trailer to move plant and machinery to construction sites across the South East.
“Together, SuperLite and Grablite are the best designed and most productive tipper bodies out there,” says Cook.
With Cook & Son settled on Volvo 8x4 as its standard tipper chassis, the third new vehicle in the fleet is a Hyva Titan hookloader, mounted on a big sleeper cab FH complete with a 540bhp engine.
For this particular vehicle, Thompsons’ Croydon factory built a demountable Wastemaster body, similar to the full-spec Loadmaster model, with a double-skinned design and four cornerposts, making it ideal for handling demolition rubble, muck and hardcore.
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