SPENDING LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY ON HIGHLY-SPECIFIED EQUIPMENT ISN’T ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA BUT CHAPPELLS OF STUBBINGTON HAS FOUND A LITTLE SPARE EQUIPMENT CAPACITY GOES A VERY LONG WAY. BOB BEECH REPORTS.
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It is all too easy for truck operators to invest huge sums in new equipment, only to find the customer is the main financial beneficiary. Careful balance is needed to invest in new equipment at the right time and ensure the outlay brings long-term benefits to your business.
Hampshire-based Chappells of Stubbington, however, has plenty of experience of running high-specification equipment and exercises great care in choosing the ideal combinations, taking the view that a heavy tractor or trailer needs to be carefully specified to meet the company’s current requirements and the long-term needs of its customers.
At times, some of its equipment has greater capacity than is strictly required, but the reserves of strength and durability ensure a long working life and excellent residual values, according to directors Mark Harris and Sam Chappell.