HiLowash keep­ing your farm busi­ness squeaky clean

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - END OF FINANCIAL YEAR SPECIALS -

AF­TER work­ing as a hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ist and land­scaper in Mel­bourne for many years, Rod Hal­sted de­cided he wanted to get out of the of­fice and find him­self a one-man busi­ness that was both unique and lu­cra­tive.

“I left Mel­bourne and moved to Al­bury and I no­ticed that there were a lot of tiled roofs cov­ered in moss, so then I looked around a bit more and no­ticed that there were a lot of dirty build­ing around,” Mr Hal­sted said.

“One day I was out and about and saw this bloke pres­sure clean­ing his drive way and the type of pres­sure washer he was us­ing…well it was go­ing to take him hours to do the job.

“So this got me think­ing about if you can use a ma­chine to do a job in­stead of phys­i­cal labour then you should, so I went to check­out Spit­wa­ter pres­sure clean­ers and de­cided I could do this type of work with good ma­chin­ery.”

Three years later, Mr Hal­sted is now a very busy man run­ning his HiLowash pres­sure clean­ing busi­ness where he cleans ev­ery­thing from moss off roofs to si­los, farm­ing ma­chin­ery, dairies, con­crete, bi­tu­men, fac­to­ries and vir­tu­ally any­thing else that needs a good in­dus­trial clean.

“I had a dairy farmer call me in to clean their dairy and they were so happy they got me in a sec­ond time, which is great.

“But it’s not just dairy farms I clean, I can clean si­los, ma- chin­ery, I do work for the Wodonga Coun­cil and reg­u­larly clean the pave­ment out­side The Cube, I clean in­side the tanks and clar­i­fiers for North East Wa­ter and I’m even trav­el­ling to Syd­ney to clean the Dar­rel Lea cho­co­late fac­tory for a sec­ond time.

“Even if there is no ac­cess to wa­ter, I have 40 min­utes of wa­ter I can use and we can get in a wa­ter tanker and hook it up to the ma­chin­ery and do a full day’s work,” he said.

HiLowash has grown and grown since its hum­ble be­gin­nings when Mr Hal­sted out­lay $1700 for a ute and $600 for his first pres­sure washer.

To­day the com­pany has $130,000 worth of equip­ment, “money in the bank” and has ex­panded into all ar­eas of pres­sure wash­ing.

“I am a big be­liever in that if you get up early and work a long day you will have a suc­cess­ful busi­ness,” Mr Hal­sted said.

“Also ad­ver­tis­ing your busi- ness ends up pay­ing for it­self.

“If I didn’t advertise like I do peo­ple just wouldn’t know I was here.

“Qual­ity ma­chine and ad­ver­tis­ing ev­ery­thing I made.

“So I run this ad­ver­tise­ment on the ra­dio and part of it has line where I ask you to get a pen and I say I will be right back.

“Then some other ads play and then it comes back to me and I say ‘Got a pen?, Right o, here’s the num­ber’.

“So now, ev­ery per­son I bump into says to me, ‘Have you got a pen?’

“It has kind of be­come our catch­phrase, so I am hav­ing some pens printed with ‘Got a pen?’ printed on them so when they say it to me I can hand it to them.

“But the bot­tom line is you can advertise all you like, but if you don’t de­liver a qual­ity prod­uct peo­ple won’t come back,” Mr Hal­sted added.

HiLowash is now based in Ruther­glen, giv­ing Mr Hal­sted easy ac­cess to all in North East Vic­to­ria as he cleans the world, one busi­ness at a time.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.hilowash.com.au.

HARD WORKER: HiLowash owner Rod Hal­sted will travel all over North East Vic­to­ria to keep busi­nesses clean.

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