Toyota Huski skid steers a secret to success for landscaper

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.”

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 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 it’s 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, well balanced and have great capabilities for what we need to do.”

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.”

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