J W Cantrell Haulage Contractors has invested in five S.KI tipper trailers from Schmitz Cargobull.

The decision follows the operator trialling a demonstrator vehicle before committing to buy. 

As a result, it was impressed with the performance and reduced maintenance costs involved.

Therefore, J W Cantrell Haulage Contractors now boasts five new S.KI 24 3AT 9.6m trailers on its fleet.

Each vehicle features a rounded steel body and has been specially fitted with an adaptive chassis. 

The chassis enables three-axle tractor units to be fitted, thereby helping it meet the UK’s 44-tonne truck compliance rules.

The trailers join a 17-strong mixed commercial vehicle fleet. 

Specifically, they will help the Stoke-based haulage firm cut downtime and maintenance costs. 

They will predominantly be transporting incinerator bottom ash (IBA) across the Midlands.

“Once tried and tested, I had to go back to Schmitz Cargobull again,” explained Cantrell. 

“The payoff between a good payload and a strong trailer is a very fine line. 

“However, but I think Schmitz Cargobull get it spot on,” he added.

Continuing, the company MD said he was pleased with how the tipper trailers have fitted in.

“I’ve been hugely impressed with how the vehicles are managing our heavy-duty loads. 

“For example, we were using aluminium trailers before and spending far too long doing costly repairs on them,” he noted. 

“However, the steel bodies of the S.KI tippers are durable and have helped massively in reducing maintenance time and costs. 

“I’ll be looking to get many years of use out of them.”

Designed to maximise payload with the greatest reliability, the S.KI tippers have a 36m3 capacity. 

Furthermore, they are specified with a 6mm steel floor, 5mm steel sidewalls, full LED lighting system, and Alcoa alloys.

Each vehicle is expected to clock up around 60,000km a year for the business.