Grafter does the business

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An all-Isuzu distribution fleet at a 15th century West Lothian estate has been boosted with the arrival of the customer’s first Grafter Green 3.5 tonne rigid truck to join three other Grafters.

Champfleurie Estates in Linlithgow sells wood products such as logs, garden furniture and heating pellets – and everything is delivered by an Isuzu. The estates’ Ricky Kerr said: “We acquired our first Isuzu Grafter way back in 2007 and it has given us exceptionally reliable service. In fact, today it is still working well in the fleet on a daily basis after 12 years’ unbroken service.

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“However, over the years and the subsequent additional Grafters, we have seen the changes and improvements that Isuzu has made to the specification. The latest Grafter Green is such an impressive vehicle, setting new standards in terms of the smoothness of the ride, vehicle handling and driver comfort.”

Similar to the 17-plate Grafter supplied two years ago, the new Green N35.125 rigid has been specified with a bespoke dropside body with a larger carrying capacity, enabling it to carry two standard builders’ bags of firewood side by side. A rear-mounted Penny Hydraulics 1,200 kg crane is used to unload at customers’ premises.

The 17-plate and 68-plate vehicles handle long-distance deliveries with the older two working mainly on local deliveries closer to the estate. “Everything we sell gets delivered by an Isuzu and the workload for the trucks has increased significantly,” said Kerr.

Champfleurie is privately owned by the Kerr family who have lived in Champfleurie House since 1987.

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