MT Mills goes for Canter’s versatility and build quality 09 August 2016

Devon-based contractor MT Mills has taken delivery of three new 3.5-tonne Fuso Canter 3C13 light trucks, all with Comfort day cabs, from the Exeter branch of Mercedes-Benz dealer City West Commercials.

Owner Mark Mills says the versatility of these trucks, as well as their rugged build quality and muscular towing capability were among reasons for his choice.

He also cites an attractive finance agreement offered by City West Commercials and its promise of fast, efficient back-up.

These Canter trucks were all specified with the 130bhp 3.0-litre enginem delivering 300 Nm torque at low revs as well as the Idle Start/Stop function and standard engine brake.

Exeter Coachworks fitted tipping dropside bodies to the ladder frame chassis, as well as large toolboxes, which are mounted immediately behind the cabs and have lockable roller shutter doors.

“The Canter is a highly versatile vehicle and I’ve every confidence that our new trucks will prove to be reliable, durable workhorses, far better suited to our type of work than van-based vehicles,” states Mills.

“You certainly see a great many Canters of all ages in civil engineering use on the continent, where they’re obviously very popular,” he continues.

“I’ve driven our new trucks myself and found them to be comfortable, with a nice driving position, as well as highly manoeuvrable.

“The fact that the engine is beneath the cab means there’s no bonnet, which makes a big difference.”

Mills also says the Canter offers “around 300kg” more payload potential than five other, similarly-sized tippers on the firm’s fleet.

“What’s more, its exceptionally high, 3.5-tonne towing capacity is proving very useful when we need to move mini-diggers and other plant between sites,” he observes.

“To avoid damage we try not to take them off road too much but the ground clearance seems pretty good, which can only help, while the twin rear wheels means there’s plenty of traction too.”

Brian Tinham

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