Operator profile: Mallawarra Landscapes

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Melbourne’s Mallawarra Landscapes has bought two new Toyota Huski skid steer loaders

TMHA area sales manager Thomas Machar (left) with Mallawarra Landscapes owner Robin Cousins

Mallawarra Landscapes typically operates in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs and owner Robin Cousins says the team is flat out doing rockwork, planting, water features and things such as paving and retaining walls.

Cousins offers fairly high-end landscaping services; specialising in low-maintenance and water-friendly native gardens.

Cousins started out in landscaping in the 1980s, with a friend who had done his diploma of horticulture.

"I had been a successful lawn-mowing contractor and that bought me a house," he says.

"After that goal, I decided to go into landscaping with my mate. He knew all about plants and I knew about dealing with clients. So off we went, and we learned together.

"Later he started his own landscaping business and I've been doing mine for 40 years now and in that time, I've never had a paid day off!

"I love it, though. I've met lot of interesting people and it's provided for my family; my children, and I now have grandchildren so I suspect I might be nearing retirement, but I have a few more years, yet."

Cousins started out using a different brand of loader but soon made the shift to Toyota Huskis.

"I originally bought another brand loader for the business, but they were changing to more complicated models, which I didn't like, so I went to Toyota and bought a brand new Huski. I don't drive other brands, anymore.

"I bought my first Huski 25 years ago. Then a Huski 4SDK8 and that's still only got a couple of thousand hours on it. It's still in great shape."

Cousins recently purchased two new Toyota Huskis for the business.

"Mallawarra Landscapes is a long-time Huski skid steer loader customer and its owner Robin recently upgraded to two new models: a 4SDK4 and a 5SDK8," Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) area sales manager Thomas Machar explains.

There are lots of things that Robin likes about the new eight.

"It's got a much better interior system and the safety features such as the new automatic locking system – you have to push a button in order to get the thing moving – are improved," Cousins says.

The hydraulic controls of the 5SDK8 are much easier to operate and significantly better from a maintenance perspective. The visibility all round is much improved from what was already a great design, the hydraulic system was improved and the wheel motors are larger.


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