Scottish timber haulier branches out with first Renault vehicle30 August 2016

Scottish timber haulage firm E M & T Rapson has taken delivery of a 44-tonne Renault Trucks Range T520 tag with Comfort Pack, and says the vehicle is proving its worth on the tough Highlands terrain.

Supplied by Renault Trucks Scotland, the truck is the first Renault vehicle on the operator’s nine-strong fleet and has a forestry specification with Kesla Forestri crane and Dennison skeletal trailer.

It is also fitted with air-horns, light-bar and spotlights.

Tommy Rapson, partner in the firm, says he was won over by the vehicle, despite being sceptical about the merits of Euro 6: “The approach from Renault Trucks Scotland and a test drive, organised by Elgin Truck and Van in Inverness, left me feeling extremely impressed. The competitive package on offer, which includes a five-year repair and maintenance contract, sealed the deal.”

The driver, too, is impressed, says Rapson: “The Highlands are renowned for their challenging hills, but the Range T climbs them effortlessly; our driver has found that it pulls like a train and walks away from the competition.

“The truck has been outstanding off-road too. Forestry roads are notoriously gruelling, but the Range T handles them with ease.”

He adds: “The Range T has positively changed my perception of Euro 6 and Renault Trucks. It is tough and reliable... Overall, I’m delighted that I swapped across to Renault Trucks and I will definitely be considering them for any trucks we need in the future.”

Laura Cork

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