Fighter de­liv­ers for Dubbo drivers

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A NEW Fuso Fighter steel de­liv­ery truck is go­ing the dis­tance for Metroll in ru­ral New South Wales.

Metroll, a lead­ing Aus­tralian man­u­fac­turer and sup­plier of roof­ing, cladding, rain­wa­ter, struc­tural and fenc­ing prod­ucts, op­er­ate their own fleet of trucks to meet the needs of their cus­tomers.

The new Fuso 2427 Fighter de­liv­ers up to 300km in every di­rec­tion from Dubbo.

It is a vast foot­print and means the driver is spend­ing a lot of time be­hind the wheel in very dif­fer­ent ter­rain, from the hilly coun­try of the Blue Moun­tains to the flat­ter re­gion of the cen­tral west.

Metroll Aus­tralia is a big cus­tomer of both Fuso Fighter and Can­ter mod­els, which have proven them­selves solid per­form­ers through­out the years.

Metroll Dubbo gen­eral man­ager Cary James said each Metroll lo­ca­tion pro­vided feed­back on its var­i­ous equip­ment in­clud­ing trucks to head of­fice so that a holis­tic de­ci­sion can be made on prod­uct se­lec­tion.

“The trucks are cho­sen on past per­for­mance,” Mr James said.

“The Fuso Fighter has done a great job for a long time, so we have stuck with it.”

The Metroll Dubbo team said they were very pleased with their new 2427 Fighter, which has now been on the road for around six months.

The truck was or­dered through Hartwigs in Dubbo, which or­gan­ised for the truck to be spec­i­fied with a cus­tom body de­signed for metal de­liv­ery.

Those spec­i­fi­ca­tions in­cluded a Hiab crane that can be used to safely un­load the cargo in com­pact de­liv­ery spa­ces.

It is rated to 23 tonnes and runs a 7.5 litre four-cylin­der diesel that gen­er­ates 270hp and 784Nm of torque.

Metroll opted for the driver-friendly Al­li­son au­to­matic six-speed trans­mis­sion, while a nine-speed Ea­ton man­ual trans­mis­sion is also avail­able.

Metroll Dubbo lo­gis­tics man­ager Rob Okros said the Fighter earns its keep de­liv­er­ing its prod­ucts.

“Out here in the bush we cover a fair amount of kilo­me­tres,” Mr Okros said.

“We go out 300km in every di­rec­tion from Dubbo, so it gets a fair work­out.

“It cov­ers all kinds of ter­rain from around Dubbo and Or­ange to Bathurst, Oberon, Mudgee and the edge of the Blue Moun­tains.”

Like all Fuso trucks and the Can­ter bus, the 2427 Fighter is cov­ered by a five year man­u­fac­turer’s war­ranty.

The Fighter war­ranty cov­ers five years, 350,000km or 7000 hours, which­ever oc­curs first.

It also has class-lead­ing 30,000km ser­vice in­ter­vals which helps to keep costs down.

Ph: (03) 9931 6565

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FUSO GOES THE DIS­TANCE: A new Fuso Fighter steel de­liv­ery truck is go­ing the dis­tance for Metroll in ru­ral New South Wales.

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