When Attridge Scaffolding needed a new 7.5-tonner, the FUSO Canter was always going to be in pole position.
The vehicle’s industry-leading payload, combined with proven reliability and driver-friendly external proportions, make it ideally suited to the Staffordshire-based company’s needs.
Attridge Scafffolding’s latest Canter, its first from the all-new range introduced earlier this year, arrived via the Stoke-on-Trent branch of Dealer eStar Truck & Van, which also sells and supports Mercedes-Benz trucks – both brands are part of the Daimler Truck ‘family’.
Six of the eight 7.5-tonners that work from the operator’s depot in Brereton, near Rugeley, wear the FUSO ‘three diamonds’ badge. The new truck has replaced a five-year-old example from the previous Canter model generation.
Director James Attridge explained: “Ours is a very payload-sensitive application, so the fact that we can easily get 300 kg more on a Canter than any other 7.5-tonner we’ve tried – and a lot more than that, compared to some competitors – is highly significant.
“This attribute alone would incline us towards the Canter, but the vehicle has other benefits too. Our experience has also proved it to be very reliable, well-engineered and cost-effective to operate.
“The Canter’s compact footprint and exceptionally tight turning circle make it very nimble and easy to manoeuvre around city streets, where much of our work takes place. It’s also much less daunting a prospect for drivers stepping up from a 3.5-tonne vehicle, who might be put off by something that looks a lot bigger. We’re particularly pleased with the improved cab of this latest vehicle and eStar’s Sales Executive, Andrew McCarrick, has looked after us very well.”