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TMHA skid steer range is as reliable as they come

The reliability offered by Toyota Material Handling Australia’s Huski skid steer range, and its ability to handle soft sands, has won it praise from a Western Australian builder

The 5SKD9 skid steer easily handles soft sand, with good ground clearance and traction

Western Australian construction company West Coast Limestone has turned to Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) to capitalise on the booming construction industry in the country’s west.

Based in Malaga in Perth’s northern suburbs, West Coast Limestone builds limestone retaining walls for new housing developments and land estates to help combat WA’s notorious sandy soil.

Having built a strong reputation in the state’s construction industry, the company set out to take advantage of the sector’s busy period, enlisting the help of TMHA to capitalise on the Toyota Advantage pillars of legendary quality, durability, and reliability.

Having used other brands in the past, West Coast Limestone owner Phil Di Giuseppe says he was compelled to return to Toyota skid steer loaders due to their impressive performance in soft sand, as well as the faultless reliability of the Huski 5SDK9 open cabin.

“I always wanted to get back into a Toyota. They’ve always been good, reliable machines,” Di Giuseppe says.

“They’ve always been renowned for their reliability. They’ve got good ground clearance as well – the Toyota is much better in the dirt.”

Boasting high ground clearance and 12-inch all-terrain tyres and all-paw traction, the 5SKD9 easily tackles WA’s soft sand on construction sites.

The new Huski skid steer is the latest TMHA machine purchased by West Coast Limestone across the company’s roughly 15-year history, with Di Giuseppe buying his first TMHA machine several years ago.

Having left and subsequently returning to the business, Di Giuseppe needed to purchase new equipment and decided on a used competitor product. However, its poor performance in sand and the relative price parity of Toyota skid steers meant another TMHA purchase was never far away.

“I wasn’t really happy with the competitor machine that I bought, so decided to go for a Toyota,” Di Giuseppe says.

“It’s the best machine that we’ve got.”

TMHA area sales manager Paul Smith says the reliability of construction equipment is crucial for any customer, as is ease of repair, and that’s why TMHA continues to stand out.

“We don’t have any computers in our machine – the reliability factor is enormous,” Smith says.

“It’s a big selling point for us – no computers, no electronic control units.”

With a mechanically and electrically simple design, Toyota skid steers are designed to keep at optimum performance.

Smith added that the ease of repair afforded by Toyota skid steers was advantageous, with the machine able to be serviced and repaired without the need for unique diagnostic tools.

“A lot of mining companies love them because they don’t play-up and you don’t need a specialised tool to repair them or service them,” he says.

Di Giuseppe adds that West Coast Limestone had a great working relationship with TMHA and says he would recommend its products to other people in the industry.

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