Timber merchant goes with the Mercedes-Benz grain19 June 2012

The latest additions to the fleet of timber merchant Beaumont Forest Products, on the eve of its silver anniversary, are two 16-tonne Mercedes-Benz Atego 1624 rigids.

They were supplied, together with the operator's first Fuso Canter, by Reading dealer Rygor Commercials, for delivering construction timber and plywood, cladding and decking, fencing and landscaping materials, to contractors, developers and other trade customers.

The company has been buying Mercedes-Benz trucks for more than 15 years and currently runs 10 Atego rigids, mostly 16-tonners.

The new arrivals have been fitted with platform bodies by Wessex Vehicle Services and 8.7 tonne/metre Palfinger cranes. One of the trucks is also Beaumont Forest's first to be finished with a full cab vinyl wrap.

The Canter, meanwhile, is a 6.5-tonne 6C15 with Wessex dropside body.

Purchased because its 150hp Euro 5 engine will allow the operator to stay on the right side of London's Low Emission Zone (LEZ) rules, the Canter has replaced an ageing 5.0-tonne Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

"Our job can be quite demanding, with deliveries often being made to rough sites. But our Mercedes-Benz vehicles have never let us down," states Beaumont Forest managing director Andy Ferguson.

"They've proved over the years to be more than capable of standing up to this kind of work, while the fact that our drivers love their trucks is another big 'plus'," he continues.

"No less important, though, is the appearance of our vehicles. We're a very image-conscious company and believe that when we turn up at a customer's premises with a smartly presented, premium brand vehicle, then it says a lot for the quality and professionalism of our own business."

Beaumont Forest has also signed-up to Mercedes-Benz repair and maintenance contracts. The Ategos are the subject of five-year arrangements; the Canter, a three-year deal. The operator keeps its trucks for a maximum of seven years, so extends the R&M contracts as necessary.

Brian Tinham

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