Rioned use FUSO Canter chassis as a base for RioCom jet and vac

Renoid FUSO Canter

Drain and sewer cleaning machine manufacturer Rioned has followed up a recent order placed for 21 FUSO Canters with another for 25 of the new 2019 with model power take-off (PTO) units to support its new RioCom 7.5-tonne jet/vac.

All are 7.5-tonne Canter 7C18s with Comfort day cabs and are powered by 3.0-litre turbodiesel engines producing 175hp and 430Nm of torque. They all feature dual-clutch Duonic transmissions.

Mark Cox, Rioned UK sales manager, said: “We were previously using a competitor’s chassis and an auxiliary engine for this application. 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 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 it’s more powerful Euro-6 engine means the Canter offers a better driving experience.”

The sewer cleaning specialist’s new RioCom 7.5-tonne jet/vac uses a Jurop pump with a suction capacity of 8,200-litres per minute. Rioned claims this is 50% up on previous combis, while the jet/vac is now equipped with 100m of high pressure hose.

Cox added: “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.”

The Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) compliant Canters have given the specialist equipment manufacturer a lot more interest from customers operating in London including Kent Drainage.

Tom Coe, Kent Drainage’s director, said: “We’re certainly impressed with the vehicle. It’s highly manoeuvrable and looks neat and tidy, yet is also very powerful for such a small unit.”

Rioned UK is pre-building the new units at its production facility in The Netherlands, for sale from stock. A total of 14 have been sold since the launch, and the company has already scheduled 25 units to be built in 2020 to meet demand. Canter-mounted RioCom 7.5t jet/vac combis are also being added to its rental fleet.

Renault Trucks is the only way for ASCO

ASCO Range T

ASCO Group has added 15 new Renault Trucks Range T 460 6x2s to its fleet to enhance the experience for drivers.

Supplied by Renault Trucks Scotland, the new Range Ts are operating on a five year lease deal, and have replaced older Premium models.

Paul Davidson, transport operations manager for the logistics and materials management provider, said: “We have been working with Renault Trucks for over 20 years and all the logistics as well as our Waste Business and Fuel and Lubes run Renault Trucks. So when we were looking for replacements, they were our natural first choice.”

The Range Ts have leather steering wheels, cruise control and telephone control, heated driver’s seats, one touch electric windows, air conditioning, and a remote control for all functions in the bunk area. These options hope to appeal to new and retain current drivers.

Other touches include cab paint colour-matched fog lamp rims and front bumper corner pieces. Davidson explained that appealing to drivers was important: “The trucks look professional on the road, enhancing the drivers’ satisfaction in the job they do. Their feedback has been very positive with style, comfort and a smooth driving experience.”

All units are equipped with censored braking, lane departure warning system, adaptive cruise control as well as the French manufacturer’s Optidriver gearbox.

Davidson concluded: “The trucks fit seamlessly into our operation and the day-to-day activities we carry out and of particular note are the positive fuel economy figures as well as the styling and overall value. All are Euro-6 which helps reduce our carbon footprint.”