Three-quarter-ton body for 10 tons of taties
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• To make the most of plating regulations that encourage the lightest possible construction combined with maximum capacity, Lockwood Graders UK Ltd., of Danbury, Essex, has evolved a bulk lorry body specifically for potato transport, in which plywood and pressed steel are the constituent materials. For example, one of these bodies, 16ft long, can carry nine to 10 tons of potatoes yet it weighs only 15evet unladen.
Lockwood has standardized overall width and height at 8ft and 5ft respectively—length can be to customers' requirements.
Construction throughout is of 18mm plywood riveted to pressed panel frames made of 2f in. by 1.1.in. by fin. pressed steel section. The conveyor system is built into two 4+in. by lin. by fin, channel members running the full length of the vehicle. Discharge is by an 18in.-wide rubber belt conveyor and a reduction gear for snap-on petrol or electric motors is fitted at the rear end.
The bodies can be fitted direct on to the platform of an existing vehicle and can be supplied with jacking pads and stands for lifting on and off.
Price is £20 per foot run for vehicles up to 23ft long and £19 per foot run for vehicles above 23 ft. Optional extras include chains and turnbuckles for fixing to the lorry, operator's ladders, electrical switchgear and tarpaulins. Fitting can be done at the works for an additional fee.