Broth­ers Nigel and Wayne Smith un­der­stand the im­por­tance of wise in­vest­ments, and when to take a cal­cu­lated punt – an ap­proach that has helped them grow Smiths Hire into one of the coun­try’s largest in­de­pen­dent equip­ment hire com­pa­nies.


Among the lat­est ad­di­tions to the com­pany yard in Belfast, Christchurch, are three Can­ter 616 City Tip­pers.

“We bought our first three tip­pers back in 2015. They came at a good price and with a good rep­u­ta­tion, but we weren’t sure how much de­mand there would be,” says Nigel. “They turned out to be a hit with our cus­tomers and we have since bought three more!”

The only truck in its class with a lim­ited slip diff, the six-tonne tip­per is at home on muddy work­sites and nav­i­gat­ing nar­row ur­ban streets. Able to be driven on a reg­u­lar car li­cence, the truck’s ver­sa­til­ity and ease of op­er­a­tion give it broad ap­peal.

Nigel says the Can­ters have proven to be tough and re­li­able units, well sup­ported by the team at Pres­tige Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles.

“We’re re­ally happy with the re­la­tion­ship, and with our in­vest­ment, and we’ll def­i­nitely look to add more Fuso trucks in the fu­ture,” says Nigel.

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