Case study: Keeping a Huski tradition going
Calder Landscaping and Construction recently upgraded its skid steer loader fleet to new Huski 5SDK5 and 5SDK8 models, continuing a 10-year association with the brand.
The Victorian contractor bought a Huski 4SDK8 and a 4SDK5 model not long after it started in 2006. In November last year the 4SDK8 was traded in and the new 5SDK5 and 5SDK8 skid steers were purchased, bringing its current fleet of Toyota Huski skid-steer loaders to three.
"I had experience with other skid-steer loaders in previous jobs and I preferred the Toyota Huskis," Calder Landscaping and Construction director Mark Bullows says.
"It was a simple matter of sticking with what I know best. Based on past experience I knew they were tough, dependable and wouldn’t let me down."
Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) Victoria area sales manager Thomas Machar says the uncomplicated nature of the Huskis means fewer issues and costly breakdowns.
"Our customers love the fact that the Toyota Huskis are comfortable, reliable and don’t have complicated electronics and computer operation," Machar says.
"They’re a solid, dependable and well-engineered workhorse, and the fact that 80 percent of our sales come from repeat customers like Calder is proof that they deliver."
Toyota Huski skid-steer loaders have an open, spacious cab designed for ease of entry/exit, with full ROPS/FOPS guards. The operator’s chair and controls have been ergonomically designed, with low vibration to increase operator safety and comfort.
The Huski’s cabin also has a full overhead instrument panel.
Bullows says that, like all Toyota equipment, the Huskis benefit from Toyota’s mobile servicing and repair service, with Toyota technicians able to come directly to the jobsite.
"Nothing’s a problem for them," he says. "One of the service technicians lives near me, and if I need him to come over at 6.30am to look at something he’s always there. Any issues are sorted out quickly and without any hassle.
"Equipment downtime is costly in this business so having quality backup to rely on is a must."
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