Ovenden Tippers sold on ‘unbeatable package’ from Charlton10 July 2018

Kent-based Ovenden Tipper Services has taken delivery of the first of its order of new tippers from Charlton, citing the bodybuilder’s ability to source and install every part of the high bodywork specification.

Carried by Scania Next Generation XT chassis with G cabs and 13-litre 405bhp engines, Ovenden chose lightweight all-steel curved floor Charlton SuperLite bodies fitted with air-operated automatic tailgates.

Each truck also features Edbro TS32 underfloor tipping gear, a weather-sealed Shurco front to back sliding sheeting system with full remote control, a rearward facing ‘traffic light’ load weighing display mounted at the front of the body and a Brigade 360-degree ‘birds eye’ camera system. All equipment was supplied and fitted by Charlton.

“As a complete package, our latest tippers are pretty much unbeatable,” says company director Alex Ovenden.

“We’ve gone for a higher spec than ever this time around, with the really big bonus being that Charlton supplies and fits everything we ask for... And everything was delivered on budget, on time.”

He adds: “Our tipper work is changing, with higher demand for both recycled concrete and on-site earthworks projects, and the new trucks have been designed and specified to reflect that. We continue to run some alloy bodies, but what you gain in extra payload you lose in durability.

“We need trucks that can handle any job that comes along, and these lightweight steel SuperLites give us exactly that capability.”

Driver Paul Bradford is also impressed: “I much prefer the underfloor tipping gear, both for its extra stability and higher angle of tip. The sheeting system is also great because I can open and close it by full remote control whether I’m inside or outside of the cab.

“Overloading is now a thing of the past, too, because the body-mounted traffic light display system immediately tells the excavator driver when the maximum limit’s been reached. All small things perhaps, but taken together they speed up the job and make the truck that bit more efficient.”

Laura Cork

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