Trailer Magazine

A perfect pair

  • From the November 2019 issue.
A perfect pair

Being regionally based, Pumpa Manufacturing is quite selective in choosing its suppliers – but the trailer manufacturer has met its match. Thanks to a high quality product offering and great customer support, JOST Australia is its supplier of choice for everything from fifth wheels to hydraulics.

Based in Swan Hill in Victoria’s north-west, Pumpa Manufacturing produces a wide range of trailers. The business was originally started in the 1980s and acquired by Jason King and Michael Bulluss from Tony Pumpa in 2015, both bringing with them decades of experience in the trailer sector.
Through the manufacture of various tipper configurations, low loaders and car transporters, the business built its reputation based on quality and innovation. While Pumpa continues to build on its range within each of these product segments, it also offers a new range of trailers with more developments on the way.

The current range includes moving floor trailers for chip and leak-proof refuse, flat tops, drop deck wideners, bottom dumpers, dry freight vans, curtainsiders, dollies, specialised bread vans and belt trailers.

JOST is among Pumpa’s main suppliers, with JOST fifth wheels, landing legs, king pins, ball races, hydraulic cylinders and alloy wheels all fitted as standard across the trailer range.

“JOST Australia is one of our key partners. They offer a great service, staff are very knowledgeable and the product range suits our business requirements,” says Jason King Managing Director at Pumpa.

“Being based in Swan Hill means that suppliers become an important partner in our manufacturing process. It’s a must that our suppliers have good quality components that are suitable for Australian conditions and reliable, along with national aftersales support. While we manufacture in Victoria, our trailers are used all over Australia.”

In the fifth wheel range, Jason says JOST’s greaseless option provides added appeal to his customers. For example, in Pumpa’s Raptor B-double tipping combinations, both the A and B trailers can be unloaded without unhooking. A LubeTronic greasing canister fitted to the fifth wheel delivers grease to the locking jaw and kingpin while in the coupled position, making for less maintenance and added productivity.

For its tipper range, JOST hydraulic cylinders are an ideal fit. All cylinder stages are chromed as standard with an extended tube overlap, the range of hydraulic solutions suits all of Pumpa’s tipper manufacturing needs – from its small truck and dogs through to its semi tippers.

Along with its range of tippers and moving floors, Pumpa manufactures innovative horizontal unloading trailers to provide its customers with a safer and more effective unloading option than a conventional tipper in various applications – particularly when unloading on uneven ground, or when dangerous overhead obstructions like powerlines pose a challenge. Our Extreme Wide belt trailer features a low centre of gravity and massive 2.4m internal floor width. A 45ft belt trailer can discharge its load in approximately 90 seconds compared to 6-7 minutes for a moving floor. Currently, there are 14 of these floor systems on the road. They all feature our hydraulic front to back tarp drive motors, utilising hydraulics already fitted to the truck, which provides a reliable power source.

Pumpa also uses alloy wheels from JOST in machined and polished finishes, along with the new EverShine alloys, which feature a surface treatment that helps them stand up to harsh operating conditions with ease. The wheels are available in 17.5”, 19.5” and 22.5” options with 285/335PCD’s and are supported with a five- year warranty of the surface treatment. For cleaning, all that’s needed is soapy water.

“Once our trailers hit the road and go to work it’s another advantage to be dealing with a supplier like JOST which actively provides aftersales support by way of service and workshop training to operators and fleets. They provide things like wall charts to easily identify parts and explain maintenance best practices to ensure maximum productivity and less workshop time,” Jason explains.

According to Jason, continued business growth has been important to Pumpa since the very beginning. Looking to the future, further expansion is planned as development takes place at a new five acre site on the outskirts of Geelong.

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