The superb towing capacity of the Isuzu chassis was a key factor in the recent decision by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council to choose three new Isuzu Grafter 3.5 tonne 4×2 rigid crewcab trucks for ground maintenance work for various parks and school contracts within the borough.
All three Isuzu N35.150 Grafters have rigid tipping bodies specified as standard and tow drawbar platform trailers that are used to transport the council’s ride-on mowers to designated locations. The Isuzu chassis cabs have also been modified to include a storage facility behind the cab to house portable ground maintenance equipment, such as strimmers and leaf blowers.
Commenting on the new Isuzu’s, Craig Baron, Transport Manager at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council said, "During the tender process we identified that the Isuzu chassis had one of the best towing capacities of all the vehicles under consideration. Now that the vehicles have been in service for a few months, they have coped extremely well with the operational requirements for ground maintenance within the borough and are proving to be an excellent purchase."
Local Isuzu dealer, Warrington Vehicle Centre, supplied all the new Isuzu’s and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council anticipates keeping them for a five-year working life.
"For many local authorities, the Isuzu 3.5 tonne Grafter is the proven workhorse of their fleet and, over the years, they have performed faultlessly week in, week out, providing a flexible and reliable service, in often quite arduous situations. The Grafter is an unbeatable vehicle in such circumstances even when asked to perform as a draw bar application as here in East Lancashire. With a design gross combination weight of 7 tonnes and a 150bhp engine the Grafter is easily up to the job," said Keith Child, Marketing Director, Isuzu Truck UK.