Two new Isuzu Grafter N35.125 trucks with curtainside bodies are playing important roles in IJ McGill Transport’s in-house driver training programme. The 3.5-tonners act as training vehicles to encourage and train non-HGV (heavy goods vehicle) drivers to move up to higher GVW (gross vehicle weight) trucks at the company, while also logging plenty of miles on regional distribution duties.
“It’s essential for us that the driver trainees have the right attitude and will progress their career from LGV to HGVs by being prepared with all the necessary skills required,” says Director Ian McGill.
Grafter Prepares Young Drivers
IJ McGill Transport has been running 7.5-tonne Isuzu trucks for five years in its 104-strong distribution fleet. “We have been impressed with the payload, durability, and good fuel consumption they give,” says McGill. Before moving up in payload, IJ McGill Transport can now use the Isuzu Grafter N35.125 trucks to recruit non-HGV drivers and give them valuable experience with distribution routes. “The Isuzu Grafter has a tilt cab for easy maintenance and the driving position is similar to an LGV, with good all-round visibility, which we feel is an important safety attribute especially when giving consideration to other vulnerable road users,” says McGill.
The 3.5-Tonne Grafter
Isuzu N35-series Grafters feature a gross vehicle weight of 3,500 kilograms (7,716 pounds) and a maximum trailer weight of 3,500 kg as well. There are two models in the 3.5-tonne Grafter range: the N35.125 and the N35.150. Both trucks come with single or twin rear wheels. A wide variety of configuration options beyond box truck and curtainside bodywork, such as dropside and tipper bodies, are available to adapt the truck to the needs of builders, landscape gardeners, arborists, and other contractors.
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