Fuso Canter ‘more than up to the task’ for Cumbrian operator16 November 2018

Builders’ merchant Huws Gray has acquired its first new Fuso Canter, replacing an older model which came into the fleet as part of the operator’s acquisition of Penrith Building Supplies.

Supplied from stock by dealer Ciceley Commercials, the new Fuso Canter is the 7C15 model. It has a Comfort day cab with roof-mounted beacon, and a 3.0-litre common-rail turbo-diesel which produces 148bhp with 370Nm of torque.

The truck also came with an engine brake as standard, and is fitted with a 13ft tipping body with dropsides, by Fitzgeralds Vehicle Works, of Skelmersdale.

Huws Gray operates from 60 locations across the North West and Midlands. The new vehicle replaces the larger of two Canters in service at Penrith, a 7.5-tonner and a 3.5-tonner.

Kevin Dudson, manager of Huws Gray’s Penrith branch, says: “The new Canter is flat out, six days a week, delivering anything from loose aggregates to plasterboard on pallets, and other products from our extensive range.

“It’s a hard job, given that we’re operating in such a demanding rural area – we take full advantage of the available payloads and our trucks get plenty of hammer. But experience has proved that our Canters are more than up to the task.”

Huws Gray’s transport manager Mike Cholomondley adds: “We’ll be monitoring the truck’s performance and Ciceley’s back-up closely over the coming months, but it’s fair to say that first impressions are very positive.”

Laura Cork

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