Midlands sister companies Smart Cut Ltd and TFN Landscapes purchase a further 10 of the latest Isuzu Grafter Green 3.5 tonne rigids. These are joining the 40-strong combined vehicle fleet on a progressive basis from May to October this year.
The Isuzu N35.125 Grafter Green rigids represent over 35% of the Smart Cut and TFN fleets. According to Smart Cut and TFN, their aim is to become an exclusively Isuzu fleet by the end of 2019.
“Our initial attraction to Isuzu came from the payload. An impressive 7 tonne GTW Grafter as a result of its 3.5tonne gross towing capacity. This combination makes them ideal fleet vehicles as we transport a range of heavy plant equipment. We are taking another 10 new Isuzus for our 2018 fleet replacement programme. Shortly, we will be placing a follow-up order for a further 10 new Grafters for delivery in 2019,” said Tom Rimell, director, Smart Cut Ltd.
All vehicles supplied to these firms in 2018 feature the Driveaway TGS dropside body configuration.
Tom Rimell explains why they chose this option from Isuzu. “We keep our vehicles for two year periods. As a result, we look for Driveaway models as the vehicle can then be easily resold in two years’ time, since it is a popular specification. In addition, by choosing the Isuzu Driveaway models, the trucks arrive at our premises ready to go to work. This specification includes a towbar fitment and lighting kits that we used to fit ourselves. Driveaway takes these time consuming jobs off our hands, both from fitting as well as at removal at the end of the two year period. Crucially, we have the trucks out there working, and earning, without any delay.”
We expect the new Isuzu Grafter Green rigids to cover a maximum of 40,000 miles in their two year working life. They are from local Isuzu dealer Aquila Truck Centre.
“Aquila understands our business model for vehicle acquisition and we now have a good working relationship with them. Their support during the truck replacement programme has been first class,” commented Tom Rimell.
Smart Cut Ltd has been in business for over 30 years as a ground maintenance company. Sister company TFN Landscapes provide soft landscaping, turfing and tree planting services.
“We are very pleased with our decision to switch to Isuzu. The latest Isuzu Euro VI Grafter Green is indeed an excellent working truck. Its new 6-speed gearbox is significantly better than its predecessor. It does not require Ad Blue, which is a major plus factor giving us reduced maintenance costs.
“The heavy duty chassis ensures that the towing capacity and payload is excellent for such a versatile 3.5 tonne truck,” commented Tom.