It seems that if you look after trees all day, then the truck you need is made by Isuzu. That’s if you listen to Richard Trippett, UK and Ireland division manager at Bartlett Tree Experts. His company has just bought another five Isuzu Trucks – bringing the total in the fleet to 45.
Bartlett’s affinity with Isuzu goes back many years and they are probably one of the longest Isuzu operators in the UK having taken their first Isuzu vehicle back in 1998.
“The big appeal for us is that they are completely reliable, very rarely breaking down. The drivers find them easy-to-use and they are very popular with our teams, who think they are perfect for our type of work. They also have the professional look that we strive for,” said Trippett.
He continues, “Having operated Isuzus for an incredibly long time, we know that they provide us with the optimum fuel consumption returns that we expect, as well as giving us really good payload. This makes them more than capable of handling all the work that we do. We have also noticed that, progressively, the Isuzu truck range has really developed over the years and today, we believe that the Isuzu Grafter, for example, is close to being the absolute perfect truck for arboriculture operations at 3.5 tonne GVW.”
The latest order for five new vehicles at Bartlett consists of three Isuzu Grafter 3.5 tonne tipper trucks as well as two Isuzu 7.5 tonne rigid tippers that will be working in the company locations in Beaconsfield, St Albans, Sevenoaks and Manchester. Working with teams of two and three operatives, as self-contained crews, both the Isuzu Grafter 3.5 tonne and 7.5 tonne rigid tippers tow a range of chippers when out on location.
Bartlett Tree Experts expects longevity out of all of its vehicles and will be looking to run these new Isuzus for between eight and 10 years.
Our relationship with Isuzu Truck UK is excellent. As we are a national operator, the relationship we have with the Isuzu dealers around the country is also incredibly important. This is where we have forged a brilliant working relationship with all the dealers in the Isuzu network.Richard Trippett
Bartlett Tree Experts was founded in 1907 and is the world’s leading scientific tree and shrub care company with over 125 offices worldwide. Here in the UK, the company provides its services to both residential and commercial customers all over the country, using a fleet of vehicles based primarily on the Isuzu marque. This family-owned global business also runs Isuzus in its fleet within its parent company’s operations in the USA.
“The Bartlett name is synonymous with Isuzu’s long history here in the UK, having been a customer of ours from the very early days. The strength of this association is based on the continuous, reliable service provided by its Isuzu trucks from day one and it is a relationship that continues to grow successfully, and progressively, each year,” says Lee Tansley, national fleet sales manager, Isuzu Truck UK.