Equipment focus: Toyota Huski cuts labour costs

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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."


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