Five new McGee tipper trucks go into service
The McGee fleet, a familiar sight on our roads, has recently been increased by an additional five brand new, eight wheeler tipper trucks. They are amongst the strongest, most robust vehicles ever seen in the UK.
John Kelly, McGee Group Transport Manager, said: “We want tippers that can easily and safely handle any load. To me, there’s only one chassis and one body that are each fully up to the job. Put them together, and you have the ultimate heavy duty tipper. So, we now have five of them – Volvo FMXs with full-spec Thompsons Loadmaster bodies. Whatever the work, our trucks have to be able to handle it.”
With an unmatched track record for robust strength and durability, the all-steel Thompsons Loadmaster is able to work in the most demanding of environments. Hardox floored, double-skinned and with four corner posts for extra strength and rigidity, Loadmaster makes light work of every type of payload; from outsized lumps of concrete and steel reinforcing wire, through to wet soil and recycled aggregates.
Similarly, Volvo’s FMX chassis has been designed and built extra tough too – a key plus feature being the improved ground clearance afforded by the truck’s straight-beam front axles.
Unusually, our Loadmasters also feature bespoke, full-length steel bodyside extensions that sit neatly between the body’s raised headboard at the front and the tailgate hinge at the rear. Fully detachable, the principal purpose of the extensions is to provide extra load retention and security, although valuable additional payload volume is also offered for lighter and less dense cargoes.
Another unusual feature of these bodies is an illuminated ‘traffic light’ weight indicator system, located at the rear offside of the body and on the cab roof. A green lamp tells a loading machine driver to keep working, an orange lamp that the truck is nearly full, and then a red to say ‘stop’ as the vehicle has now reached its maximum weight.
With an unladen weight of around 13,500kgs, our new trucks are that bit heavier than an average eight wheeler, but the positive trade-off will be the very highest levels of in-service reliability and minimal cost of upkeep.
John commented: “What matters most is having trucks available for work – and on any type of job.”
The operation of our trucks is often only a small aspect of a much larger picture, but we can’t have people or equipment standing idle because our trucks are off the road. In today’s business world, everything is about reliability and service and our tippers take the hardest knocks of all.