Isuzu Trucks Join Piletec
LONDON--Feb. 11, 2014: When it was time to upgrade its fleet of 7.5 tonne vehicles, specialist supplier of piling equipment to the construction industry, Piletec decided to specify the Isuzu marque for the first time. The five new Isuzu Forward N75.190 rigids have been taken on a 4-year contract-hire agreement.
Supplied by ITUK’s Warrington-based dealer, Warrington Vehicle Centre, all five new Isuzu vehicles are now in service with Piletec, operating out of their depots in Wigan, Milton Keynes and Harlow and all delivering piling equipment to numerous sites. Piletec anticipates that each vehicle will cover in excess of 40,000 miles per annum over the four-year period.
Commenting on the switch to Isuzu, David O'Brien, national operations manager at Piletec said: “During the fleet replacement programme, we were really impressed by the finished quality of the Isuzu trucks, the compact overall footprint of the vehicles and the projected running costs. Isuzu certainly ticked all the right boxes for us and were the obvious choice.”
The medium wheelbase specified Isuzu Forward N75.190 4x2 rigids all feature the popular Isuzu Easyshift transmission and have each been fitted with a 16ft aluminium drop-side body, built to the Crossrail specification.
The Crossrail specification includes side scan systems, front and rear vigi lights, beacons, load working lights, fall protection and white noise reverse buzzers. Piletec was quick to acknowledge the key role played by Warrington Vehicle Centre in helping to comply with this specification.
David O'Brien explains: “During our initial discussions, it was clear that Warrington Vehicle Centre has proven experience at handling Crossrail project trucks. They were superb in guiding us through the detailed requirements so that we achieved the correct vehicles to meet our requirements.”
Piletec is a specialist supplier of piling equipment to the construction industry, providing a comprehensive range of equipment for driving, extraction and foundation preparation projects. The company operates a 12-strong truck fleet and the five new Isuzu Forward rigids replace five vehicles from a competitive marque.
All five new Isuzus have been acquired by Piletec on a four-year contract hire deal through ITUK’s recognized contract hire provider BNP Paribas who, according to Piletec, also provided excellent customer service during the truck acquisition programme.
“In recent times, ITUK has supplied a large number of 7.5 tonners that meet the Crossrail specification and this was obviously a key factor that helped to influence Piletec’s decision to switch over to Isuzu for the first time. This particular vehicle specification is ideally suited to their requirements and will provide them with a superbly reliable and productive vehicle over the next four years,” said Keith Child, marketing director, ITUK.