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Challenger Site Services orders more Isuzu Grafters

Isuzu Grafter rises to the challenge of Challenger Site Services' portable toilet business.

Challenger Site Services started using Isuzu Grafters in its fleet two years ago, and since then the company has taken delivery of a total of 10 3.5 tonne Grafters.

They are all now working as part of the business’s 26-strong fleet of delivery and collection service and tanker vehicles.

And, over the last 12 months alone, the firm has added seven Grafters to its fleet and later this year, the business will take delivery of another four Grafters.

‘The trucks are worked really hard’

Shaun Allen is a partner at Challenger Site Services, and he said: “The trucks servicing our portable toilet division are worked really hard as we have over 1,500 individual site visits to complete every week. 

“We have found that the Isuzu Grafter is a more robust and solid truck, which is very reliable in service.”

He added: “The short wheelbase Grafter, in particular, gives us excellent access at the smaller, more compact building sites, which is enormous help for when these tanker trucks are servicing our portable toilets.”

Quality sanitation service to the building and construction industry

Predominantly covering the north-west of England, the family firm offers a fully functioning, high quality sanitation service to the building and construction industry, ranging from portable toilet hire to water delivery and waste tank emptying.

Mr Allen said: “The flexibility and versatility of the Isuzu Grafter chassis in the building and construction industry is second to none at 3.5 tonne GVW.”

Stuart Beeton, the head of sales at Isuzu Truck UK, said: “At Challenger, this versatility comes into its own, as the Grafter chassis in their fleet features a selection of different bespoke bodies to meet their demanding operational requirements.”

Three newest Grafters in the fleet are now in daily operation

The Grafters have been supplied by ITUK dealer Ditchburn Truck Services, and the three newest Grafters in the fleet are now in daily operation at Challenger.

They all feature the popular EasyShift automatic gearbox option; the first vehicles in the business’s Grafter fleet to do so.

Two of the trucks are Isuzu Grafter N35.125TA SWB chassis fitted with GK&N Services tanker bodies. 

The bespoke tanker bodies feature a single barrel with a dividing baffle that allows the body to hold either 1,100 litres of waste, or 900 litres of freshwater, safely within the same body.

The third Isuzu Grafter delivered recently is a N35.125T LWB chassis fitted with a portable toilet transport body manufactured by Fosters Commercials, which is capable of carrying six individual portable toilet cubicles.

Challenger Site Services estimate that their Grafters will have a five-year working life in their fleet, covering approximately 25,000 miles per annum.

Isuzu strengthens its dealer coverage in the South West

Meanwhile, Isuzu Truck UK has revealed that it has strengthened its dealer coverage in the South West with the addition of SMV Commercials Ltd.

They have been appointed authorised repairers for the Isuzu truck range at its location in Yeovil.

Pete Murphy, the managing director of Isuzu Truck said: “The addition of such an experienced company as SMV Commercials is strategically important to Isuzu Truck and its customers in the south west, enhancing even further our well-established aftersales coverage in this area.”

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