Longevity, payload and compact vehicle footprint were the main criteria behind Yeovil based Darch Oil replacing an incumbent specialist oil tanker with their first ever Isuzu chassis.
The newly acquired Isuzu Forward F110.240 11 tonne rigid truck has been fitted with a 7,000 litre dual compartment Magyar tank body for the distribution of kerosene, derv and gas oil to customers in remote locations throughout the south-west.
“We operate in many rural areas where tight turning circles and extremely limited access are regular occurrences. However, the Isuzu 11 tonner meets all our criteria in addressing these particular problems,” said Ivan Steel from Darch Oil, “It gives us the ability to get to places where other vehicles would struggle as well as giving us much more operational versatility. The Isuzu Magyar combination allows us to maximise the payload by carrying two different types of fuel in one delivery.”
“The Isuzu is operated by one regular driver and he has been particularly impressed by the overall performance and versatility of the Isuzu, as well as the pumping equipment on the vehicle. Fitted with a 200 foot hose, the driver has full remote control of the pumping operation, allowing him to control the discharge at the point of delivery, rather than where the vehicle is positioned” commented Ivan Steel.
Supplied by Ferndown Commercials from Wimborne in Dorset, Darch Oil’s first ever Isuzu 11 tonne delivery truck will be covering approximately 40,000 miles per annum over a long working life of up to 12 years, after which the Magyar tank body will be removed for a second life on a new chassis.
Darch Oil is an independent family run company based in Yeovil, Somerset and supplies quality fuels, heating oil and lubricants to customers in Somerset, Dorset, East Devon, South Wiltshire and West Hampshire. The company operates a 22 strong vehicle fleet of which 12 vehicles work on oil tank deliveries, with 10 vehicles handling coal transportation.