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London tool hire firm switches to Isuzu for expanding fleet

Tool hire company The Hireman has reported multiple benefits after switching to using Isuzu for its new 3.5-tonne trucks.

Six new Isuzu Grafter dropside rigid trucks have debuted in The Hireman’s 35-strong distribution fleet.

The London-based firm runs a 35-strong distribution fleet and has deployed six new Isuzu Grafter rigids to deliver tools and equipment to construction sites in London and the Home Counties.

Already, the Grafter’s compact footprint and payload of over one tonne are proving their benefits. And despite being Euro 6-compliant – a key requirement for the London-based fleet – the vehicles don’t require AdBlue, saving the company time and money compared to its previous vehicles.

Managing director Neil Graham commented: “In this GVW category, the Grafter’s compact cab means we can have a longer loading space for the tools and equipment that we carry, whilst the lack of Ad Blue eliminates many of the problems that we were having with the incumbent vehicles now being replaced.”

The Isuzu Grafter N35.125 trucks are fitted with bespoke TGS dropside bodies and rear tail-lifts as standard. The Hireman has also specified air-conditioning for the drivers, as well as the Easyshift automatic transmission, benefiting the company’s delivery drivers in heavy London traffic. The vehicles will be run for up to seven years, covering 20,000 miles per annum each.

“Now that we have these six Grafters working daily within our fleet for a while, the decision to switch to Isuzu for the first time has certainly been vindicated as we are extremely pleased with their operational performance out on the road. Isuzu will definitely be on our shopping list for future 3.5-tonne and 7.5-tonne fleet acquisitions,” added Neil Graham.

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.

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