Doherty goes “full Swedish” for new tippers


Doherty Grab Hire has added three new tippers fitted with Thompsons Loadmaster bodies to its fleet – and the new trucks are about “as Swedish as you can get”, according to company director Darren Doherty.

“Scanias and Volvos are the best tipper chassis out there,” Darren continued. “For trucks, I’m a big fan of all things Swedish and it’s good to see our bodies are once again built with Swedish SSAB Hardox steel.”

Based in Luton, Doherty Grab Hire is one part of B&R Doherty (Haulage) Ltd which has been active in the Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and North London areas for over 60 years.

Specialising in tipper grab work, Doherty’s trucks typically transport items such as concrete, rubble and waste ready for crushing, as well as fully processed materials such as Type 1 aggregates and screened topsoil.

“Keeping the trucks loaded both ways helps maximise our efficiency,” said Darren.

“In this business, there’s no time for downtime. With tippers, it’s the bodies that do the really hard work, typically being loaded and tipping out many times a day.

“After many years of proven performance, we still choose the double-skinned Loadmaster for the extra margin of protection the inner panels give to the outer ones. This way, the trucks remain damage-free and in top condition.”

Constructed at Thompsons’ factory in Croydon, Doherty’s new Loadmasters have been built in Hardox 450 steel with 5mm floors which, as well as providing strength, also deliver resistance to wear and abrasion.

Completing the trucks are Edbro underfloor tipping gears and Epsilon grab loaders fitted with slew restrictors to boost operating safety when working in highway applications.