R Thornton Installs Pit & Brake Tester With Totalkare

Inspection Pit

Northumberland based equipment hire and construction services company, R Thornton & Co Ltd, expand their capabilities with a brand-new workshop complimented by vehicle servicing equipment from Totalkare.

Operating from Linton Colliery in the Northeast of England, R Thornton & Co Ltd provide skip hire, construction, demolition and machine hire services across Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland and North Tyneside.

Having recently made the move to a new, larger workshop, in order to expand their resources, robust servicing equipment was required. The company chose to invest in a vehicle inspection pit and in-ground brake tester from workshop equipment experts, Totalkare.



Totalkare’s vehicle inspection pits are fabricated to order in lengths to suit workshop requirements, from 6M-16M. The pits feature fully braced external walls of 5mm thick welded recessed steel pressing, with a 6mm thick pressed durbar floor which is sloped slightly towards a central sump for effective drainage.

Totalkare’s robust heavy duty DVSA-approved in-ground brake tester is capable of testing up to 20,000kg per axle, and comes supplied with computer cabinet, printer and a handheld tablet enabling tests to be conducted from the comfort of the driver’s seat.

The UK’s workshop equipment experts can provide a comprehensive service, handling everything from the preparation for the installation of stand-alone brake testers through to the installation of multi-pit facilities.



Nick Heads at R Thornton & Co Ltd, commented: “Following the continued growth of our business, and with lots of vehicles to service and maintain, we made the decision to move to a new larger premises. With that move, came the task of installing a new inspection pit and brake tester that could keep up with the demand of our workshop. After speaking with Totalkare in detail about the project, we were confident in our choice to proceed with them. The entire process has been handled professionally, and we are very pleased with our new workshop.”


Nigel Poynton, Area Sales Manager at Totalkare, said: “We were pleased to be appointed to support R Thornton & Co Ltd with their new workshop. They have a smart new space to conduct their vehicle servicing, as well as the reliability of a calibration and service contract with us so that we can support them with their equipment for years to come.”


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