JWD Enterprises has ordered its second 7.5-tonne Fuso Canter to join its 13-strong truck fleet.
The family-owned and managed company is based in Eastbourne, East Sussex, and specialises in nationwide domestic and commercial removals, as well as offering general haulage and storage services.
Its new Canter 7C18 will be supplied, like its predecessor, by Mercedes-Benz Dealer Rossetts Commercials – the manufacturer’s franchised network also sells and supports the Fuso light truck range in Britain.
The 7.5-tonne Canter offers a payload allowance of around 4.0 tonnes. After deductions for the Transport Enterprises box body, air management kit and 1,000kg Dhollandia column tail-lift, this translates for JWD Enterprises into a carrying capacity of 3,220kg.
JWD Enterprises was founded some 40 years ago by John Dobbs, who remains active in the business. He was joined in 2013 by his son David, whose successful logistics industry career included a stint with Pallet Track.
Their company runs 13 trucks, among them a pair of new 12-tonne Mercedes-Benz Atego 1224s. The entire fleet is maintained by the workshop team at Rossetts Commercials’ Eastbourne branch.
JWD’s vehicle is powered by a 3.0-litre common-rail diesel engine with 175PS output, which drives through a fully-automated Duonic dual clutch transmission.
David Dobbs said: “My father and I were a little concerned when we first saw the Canter, as the cab looked so small against the high-volume body.
"We needn’t have worried, though. Several members of the team have taken the vehicle out and everyone’s really chuffed with it, because it’s so comfortable and easy to drive.”
A member of the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce for the past two decades, JWD Enterprises secured accreditation from the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) last year.
Its Canter is the subject of a Mercedes-Benz Financial Services contract hire agreement.