James BoothJames Booth (Bolton) Ltd, one of the leading bulk tipper operators in the North West, is currently taking into its fleet a batch of Hyva – equipped lightweight tipping trailers that will raise the company’s operating productivity higher than ever.

Each fitted with a 5 stage Hyva FC169 tipping cylinder, the four new Wilcox MegaLites have an unladen weight below 6 tonnes (their specification also including a 10mm internal bodyliner). Coupled to one of Booth’s DAF or MAN 6×2 tractors, a payload potential of over 30 tonnes is available.

“We’re always very keen to carry as much as we can” says director Barry Booth. “There’s no point hauling around unnecessary deadweight. In every area, we want to make our trucks as productive as possible, but of course that productivity must also include other things such as reliability, efficiency and streamlining our operating costs as much as possible.”

And talking of streamlining, one of MegaLite’s key design features is its long, smooth low height sides, aiding both aerodynamic efficiency and fuel economy as well as being easy to keep clean and presenting a smart appearance. Primarily employed for moving aggregates, Booth’s also use the trailers for carrying other materials such as topsoil.

Compared to more conventionally specified 44 tonnes gcw bulk tipping artics, the new Booth’s trucks can typically carry an extra tonne of payload on every trip, so it’s easy to see how the financial benefits of the new trailers stack up.

But the really hard work is done by the tipping gears, especially when the trucks are on short distance operations doing multiple tips per day.

With many years experience of using Hyva tipping cylinders, James Booth naturally chose the long-proven FC169 model again for this latest batch of trailers. Not only are these tipping cylinders unfailingly reliable, but deliver a notably fast tipping cycle too. This provides the twin benefits of not only reducing the time the body is raised, but also ejecting the load more cleanly and completely.

Founded over 100 years ago, James Booth Ltd started off as a coal merchant with a single horse and cart serving the local people of Bolton. Today, the company is both a long-standing bulk haulage operator and a quarry owner, supplying a wide variety of products such as shale, sandstone, rockery products and fine-screened ash to customers all across the UK.