A five-strong fleet of new Toyota Huski skid steer loaders is the latest ‘engine room’ driving the success of one of Victoria’s largest landscaping businesses.
Warrandale Industries, a family run business based in Scoresby, Victoria, has put Toyota Huski skid steer loaders to work since its inception, as directors and brothers, Rob and Tim Buruma, explained. “Our Dad, Henk, emigrated in 1954,” said Rob Buruma. “He was a high-school teacher and started rotary hoeing and landscaping on weekends to make extra money. From that, he started the company.
“The second machine he ever bought was a brand-new Toyota Rassler Skid Steer when they first came out in 1985.
“We’ve kept on buying Toyota Huskis ever since and the business has kept developing and growing throughout the years to become what it is today.”
Rob Buruma said his father’s call to invest in his first Huski skid steer loader was integral to the business’ growth and that to date it has bought 34 Toyota Huskis since 1985.
“As the business has grown, we’ve needed more Huskis to keep up with our workflow and the large scale of our projects so we’ve added more Huski machines and currently maintain a fleet of five Huskis which we regularly change over.
Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) Victorian area sales manager – Huski Construction Equipment, Thomas Machar, said Warrandale Industries has an ethos of investing in its equipment in order to maximise its abilities on site. “They are a top landscaping company – they do some very high-end projects – and they use only top-quality equipment for their operators and customers,” said Mr Machar.
“Warrandale does large-scale landscaping jobs so for them the Huskis are like big, powerful, reliable wheelbarrows. They are extremely handy and useful machines to have on site in order to be used at any time.”
Warrandale Industries’ latest order of Toyota Huski skid steer loaders comprised four 5SDK8s and a 5SDK5, and was a like-for-like replacement of its former fleet, as Tim Buruma explained. “We bought the exact same models from Tom back in 2015,” said Tim Buruma. “We stick with what we know and what we trust, as is the case with the Huskis. We know exactly what we need, and it has proven to be a good balance, so we saw no need to change it.”
Rob Buruma explained typical duties for the differing models: “With the 5SDK8s its lots of rockwork, soil, mulch, bulking-out – just general material duties.
“The 5SDK5 is smaller so it’s a bit nimbler and it’s handy for running a broom down paths on the commercial subdivisions we do. It’s also great at other jobs and we have different attachments for it such as forks and augers.”
Of the many reasons Warrandale Industries chooses Toyota Huski skid steer loaders, Tim Buruma said simplicity and operability is chief amongst them. “One of the main reasons we buy Huskis is their ease-of-operation,” he said. “They’re user-friendly, pretty straightforward, are well-balanced and have great capabilities for what we need to do.
“We have 40 staff and multiple operators, so they need to know how to use them. We have a training system we use and we stick with that. Also, Toyota doesn’t make massive changes to the newer models so that keeps the functionality familiar.”
Tim Buruma said another reason they prefer Huskis is their quality and reliability.
“They’re also a reliable machine,” he said. “We’ve never had any mechanical failures. We’re not exactly kind to them when they’re at work, but they’re a good, tough little machine.”
“We also look for a good return on our investment when we feel it’s time to replace them.
“They’re not expensive for what you get out of them and what we trade them in for. The benefits we get out of the Huskis over the years we use them before rolling them over is pretty impressive.
“That’s another reason why we’ve stuck with Huskis for so long: we always get good performance and we also get a good deal out of them.”
For more information freecall Toyota Material Handling Australia on 1800 425 438 or visit huskiconstructionequipment.com.au