Isuzu payload for Hannah Foods

Date published: 15/04/16

Liverpool, UK: Hannah Foods has added five Isuzu Forward trucks to its fleet citing the 700kg payload advantage over other 7.5 tonne chassis as the motivation.

Gary Hannah, director, Hannah Foods said: “Payload is absolutely critical to our daily operation and to get almost 700kg extra load per truck makes us far more efficient in our daily delivery schedules. At the same time, the significantly lower cab position on the Isuzus makes it a lot easier for our drivers to get in and out of the vehicles. Each truck handles in excess of 20 delivery drops.”

Supplied by local Isuzu Truck dealer, Ditchburn Truck Services in Liverpool, all five Isuzu Forward N75.190 rigids were also specified with Isuzu’s ‘Easyshift’ automated transmission. The trucks have multi-compartment Solomon refrigerated bodies with movable bulkheads that allow flexibility of load between the chilled and frozen compartments. Carrier Supra MT fridges provide cooling.

“Prior to specifying the new Isuzu trucks we had operated three second-hand Isuzus for over a year. It was the performance and payload advantages of these vehicles that highlighted the benefits that could be achieved by adding more Isuzus to our fleet,” Hannah said.

Each of the 7.5t Isuzus has been fitted with the TranScan 2 data logging system from Seven Telematics. Hannah said: “We are operating the Isuzus on a range of school contracts where delivery temperature points have to be recorded for all deliveries, as part of the contract.”

Hannah Foods anticipates operating the new Isuzu trucks for four years covering in excess of 80,000km per annum. When the Isuzus have completed their four-year working life, Hannah Foods expects to be able to transfer the Solomon refrigerated bodies to replacement new chassis, giving the bodies a double life.

Dean Styles – Global Cold Chain News

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