James Berry, owner of Preston-based demolition and groundworks contractor JS Berry, established his company 12 years ago with a single vehicle. He now runs eight, but the new arrival is his first FUSO Canter. His verdict? He’s delighted!
Canter can carry more
“We’ve tended previously to buy vehicles based on 3.5t van chassis, with a variety of tipping and pickup bodies,” he explained. “This time, though, we needed something a bit tougher, to work with a trailer that tows heavy machinery. The Canter 3.5t is still in the same weight class but is much more robustly built – it’s a proper little truck.”
James continued: “Fully loaded it will happily tow another 3.5t. Importantly, handling and performance are both excellent, even at the maximum 7.0t gross train weight.”
Turns on a sixpence
The vehicle’s cab-forward layout brings another key benefit in the form of exceptional maneuvrability. “The Canter turns on a sixpence, which is really useful when we’re getting in and out of construction sites, where access can be very tight,” said James.
Comfort and visibility
“It’s very comfortable too, while the visibility from the driver’s seat is brilliant. We work up to 100 miles from Preston, a radius that includes some pretty challenging terrain in the Lake District and Pennines. The Canter has already racked up a few thousand miles and takes the hard work completely in its stride.”
A relaxing drive
DUONIC® – the first dual-clutch transmission for trucks – offers smooth shifting in both automatic and manual modes, with very low wear. As well as an Eco Mode, it features Park and Creep functions for easy low-speed manoeuvring. “The automated transmission is really simple to use and contributes to a very relaxing drive,” added James. “Overall, I’m delighted with our new truck.”
Supported by the Mercedes-Benz Dealer network
FUSO Canter is part of the Daimler Group, which means the Mercedes-Benz national Dealer network is on hand to provide servicing and support, with extended opening hours and authorised repairers at 78 Dealerships nationwide.
JS Berry’s 3.5t Canter 3C15 was supplied by Mercedes-Benz Dealer Roanza Truck & Van. James said: “The Canter is everything I hoped it would be, while the service from Roanza has been first-class too, not least because its sales executive Ian McMullan handled all of the liaison with the bodybuilder. As a total package, the FUSO Canter from Roanza Truck & Van was unbeatable.”