Thompsons breaks new ground with first tipping trailer20 January 2016
Bodybuilder Thompsons has unveiled its first production tipping trailer, which it calls its “most important new product for years”.
The new trailer – called the Paymaster – is designed to enable tipper operators to carry 50% more payload than an equivalent 8x4 rigid. In practice, says Thompsons, Paymaster will carry 10 tonnes more product than an eight-wheeler.
The chassis and body are both made in stee: the chassis is a lightweight design, tapered towards the front and built by Fliegl, of Germany; the single-skinned body is made from Hardox 450 – the same material used for Thompsons Loadmaster Lite rigid bodies.
The Paymaster’s features include a curved floor, a 9.8m internal floor length, 1.3m high single piece sides, automatic tailgate, front to back electric sheeting, on-board weighing and Edbro CS17 tipping gear. On the chassis, the SAF running gear comes with full air suspension, disc brakes and a lifting front axle.
The trailer, says Thompsons, will be particularly suited to quarry operators and general hauliers wanting extra efficiency and productivity in moving large volumes of stone and aggregates, and who could use a tipping trailer for other uses.
The first Paymaster trailer has gone into service with Preston-based Hurt (Plant Hire) and, says the operator, the trailer’s versatility means its tractors can keep working when not delivering plant equipment on low loaders. He adds: “We expect it to be a high performer for many years to come. Another key point is that the operating cost of an artic tipper is very similar to an 8x4, as indeed is the capital cost to purchase it.
Manager Ian Coulton says: “While our 8x4s with their Loadmaster bodies will remain the core of the fleet, the Paymaster trailer will undoubtedly add to our overall operating versatility and efficiency”
“Simple mathematics says that the Thompsons Paymaster is an ideal product for today’s difficult economic climate.”
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