Tip­ping the bal­ance

Buy it, load it and work it, writesGRA­HAM SMITH

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Motorsport -

BUY­ING a work-ready model like Fuso’s light­duty Can­ter tip­per di­rect from the fac­tory takes the worry out of what can be a stress­ful process.

Most op­er­a­tors want a truck that will get the job done with min­i­mum fuss. They don’t want to have to con­cern them­selves with buy­ing a truck, then get­ting a body built for their needs.

Fuso’s Can­ter Fac­tory Tip­per comes straight from the fac­tory with a 2cu m steel tip­per body fit­ted. It has an au­to­mat­i­cally open­ing tail­gate, drop-sides all round, and a shovel holder and a spare wheel be­hind the cab.

With a GVM of 6000kg the Can­ter Tip­per will carry a pay­load of al­most three tonnes, and it can eas­ily be de­r­ated to a GVM of 4495kg if needed so it can be driven on a reg­u­lar car li­cence.

Op­er­a­tors will ap­pre­ci­ate the abil­ity of the Can­ter Tip­per to get on with the job straight out of the dealer’s door, and driv­ers will ap­pre­ci­ate the per­for­mance, com­fort and safety the Can­ter de­liv­ers.

Power comes from Fuso’s 4.9-litre dou­ble over­head camshaft four-cylin­der in­ter­cooled tur­bod­iesel en­gine that puts out 110kW at 2700 revs and 471Nm at 1600 revs, which feeds a fivespeed gear­box.

Re­in­forced door struc­tures with side im­pact beams, a re­in­forced cab floor and an im­pact-ab­sorb­ing in­stru­ment panel pro­tect the driver and pas­sen­gers in a crash. Fur­ther crash pro­tec­tion is avail­able for the driver in the form of an op­tional driver’s side airbag.

Driv­ers will also ap­pre­ci­ate the large convex rear-view mir­rors that give a com­pre­hen­sive view of the out­side world and can be folded flat against the cab when driv­ing into tight spa­ces.

With the five-speed gear lever in the dash the driver has greater free­dom to move around the cab. It makes en­ter­ing or ex­it­ing the truck through the passenger door easy when the driver’s door is re­stricted.

The Fuso Can­ter Tip­per costs $44,990 in­clud­ing dealer de­liv­ery charges, but not gov­ern­ment and statu­tory charges, for this month. A three-year war­ranty ap­plies to the truck and tip­per body.

Com­fort and safety: the cab has plenty of room to ma­noeu­vre and the oc­cu­pants are well pro­tected.

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