Why FUSO Canter? Rioned chose the Canter for several reasons. Chief among these was the fact that in order to meet the latest emissions standards, the new RioCom 7.5t jet/vac combi relies on the vehicle’s Euro VI engine PTO (Power Take-off) to operate its jetting and vacuum pumps.
“We were previously using a competitor’s chassis and an auxiliary engine for this application,” recalled Rioned UK Sales Manager Mark Cox. “Although the new model is our first production-line PTO drive unit, previous bespoke projects have utilised the Canter’s PTO with great success.
“We’ve always listened to our customers and, as a result, the 7.5-tonne unit has evolved over time. With the 2019 model, we’ve produced a machine that offers more suction, more storage and a sleeker design, while its more powerful Euro VI engine means the Canter offers a better driving experience.”
He continued: “Payload capacity and reliability are also crucial in this industry. The Canter delivers on both counts. Its compact footprint is another key attribute for contractors that work in busy urban environments, where access can often be restricted.
“Indeed, the fact that our new machine complies with the requirements of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) means we’re receiving a lot of interest from established and prospective customers who operate in London.”
Among these is Rochester-based Kent Drainage, whose vehicles spend most of their time in the capital. It purchased the prototype which Rioned presented at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show. “We’re certainly impressed with the vehicle,” confirmed Director Tom Coe. “It’s highly manoeuvrable and looks neat and tidy, yet is also very powerful for such a small unit.”