ef­fi­ciency DRIVE

A Queens­land land­scap­ing busi­ness’ re­cent ad­di­tion of a Toy­ota Huski skid-steer loader has re­duced its labour over­heads by half

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GreenS­cope Prop­erty Ser­vices op­er­a­tions man­ager, Craig Gierke, says the ad­di­tion of a Toy­ota Huski 5SDK5 skid steer loader to his Bris­bane-based fleet has al­lowed him to tackle a wider range of jobs across the south east Queens­land re­gion and com­plete them more ef­fi­ciently, with half the labour pre­vi­ously needed.

“Hav­ing the Huski 5SDK5 loader ma­chine at our fin­ger­tips has made a huge dif­fer­ence,” says Gierke.

“We have been us­ing it for a lot of work, in­clud­ing for big­ger jobs, ground main­te­nance, softscape and hard­scape work. It’s a very ver­sa­tile ma­chine in terms of the things it can do, such as pre­par­ing sur­faces like driveways, rub­bish re­moval, prep­ping for re­tainer walls, lev­el­ling ground and ex­ca­vat­ing for drainage.

Also put­ting in soil for gar­dens and mulching.

“In­stead of tak­ing three or four staff onto a job, the Huski loader al­lows us to take only two. So, those two staff are still able to do the job in the same time­frame as four, but I’m not hav­ing to pay out for the ex­tra labour. It’s win/win in that re­spect be­cause there’s a def­i­nite re­turn on in­vest­ment from the ma­chine.”

Toy­ota Ma­te­rial Han­dling Aus­tralia Queens­land area sales man­ager – earth­mov­ing, Ja­son Stamp, said Gierke was look­ing for his first skid steer loader for the busi­ness and needed some­thing that would strike a bal­ance be­tween be­ing pow­er­ful enough for large jobs yet small and ma­noeu­vrable enough to op­er­ate in con­stricted spa­ces.

“Craig came to us with a brief that in­cluded hav­ing a ma­chine that could deal with the tight ac­cess of his hous­ing de­vel­op­ments clients,” Mr Stamp said. “Af­ter check­ing out the Toy­ota Huski 5SDK5 in our show­room, we gave him a demo unit to use on his sites to en­sure he was happy with it and, as it turns out, he was.”

Gierke con­curred. “We looked at the specs and set­tled on the Huski 5SDK5 be­cause of the ac­cess widths we deal with. There’s a lot of tight ac­cess down the sides of our clients’ prop­er­ties and the five is a happy medium in that it has the power to do the big jobs, but is also nim­ble enough to get through some pretty snug spa­ces.

“There’s also the great peace-of-mind you get from their guar­an­teed war­ranty,” he con­tin­ues. “Early on, we were us­ing it and found the steer­ing was a bit off. That very day Ja­son had a Toy­ota Ma­te­rial Han­dling Aus­tralia tech­ni­cian at our de­pot. He traced it to one of the steer­ing rods and fixed it straight away so we could get it back on the job site, mak­ing money. It’s great to know they’ll be there should any­thing go wrong, but we know the qual­ity of the ma­chine so we’re not ex­pect­ing that.”

In ad­di­tion, one of Gierke’s favourite fea­tures of the Huski 5SDK5 is its abil­ity to eas­ily change im­ple­ments.

“I re­ally like be­ing able to change from one im­ple­ment to an­other. Whether it’s a bucket or an auger, it’s easy to take one off and put on an­other re­ally quickly.

“It’s very user-friendly,” he adds. “It has re­ally good vis­i­bil­ity from the seat so it’s great when you’re do­ing ex­ca­va­tion work. I’ve been on a lot of load­ers and I find it steers well. It’s a good thing to op­er­ate.”

It’s a very ver­sa­tile ma­chine in terms of the things it can do.

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