A Sydney earthmoving contractor who owns and operates all his own machines has commissioned a new Toyota Huski skid-steer loader from Toyota Material Handling which he hopes will see him through to retirement.
Frank Fallowfield of F & R Fallowfield Excavations commissioned the new Huski 5SDK5 after securing a contract to move 140 tonnes of earth from a confined site for a major home renovation.
He had previously owned and operated an earlier model Toyota 4SDK5 skid-steer loader.
Mr Fallowfield said he had a great run from his previous Huski skid-steer loader, and likes the look and performance of the latest version.
"I've been in business 22 years and this Toyota Huski skid-steer loader should take me through to retirement," he said. "The 5-Series Toyota Huski looks great - I've had it signwritten and arranged to fit the bucket I wanted."
In addition to his Toyota Huski, Mr Fallowfield owns and operates a tipper truck and small hydraulic excavator.
"The previous Toyota Huski was my first piece of Toyota equipment; and the features and quality I liked in that machine are there to see in the new one," he said.
"You can see it in the strength of the Toyota skid-steer loader, the way the electrical wiring is protected inside the frame members, and the little design touches, like a hook to hang your jacket on.
"The performance is very impressive - the Toyota 5SDK5 skid-steer loader has lots of power, good breakout force and pulls strongly.
"I operate all my machines myself," Mr Fallowfield said. "My motto is that no one can do it as well as you can do it - and it creates variety in my working week."
Toyota Material Handling offers a comprehensive range of six Huski skid-steer loaders nationally, from the 4SDK4 to the 900kg operating load 5SDK11 - the largest model in the 5SDK skid-steer loader range.
Customers can order the Toyota Huskis from the factory with a range of control options, including ISO control steering pattern (which does not require the foot pedals) and 'H' pattern.
Special features in the Toyota 5-Series Huskis include an optional push button for 'ride control' to avoid fore/aft pitching when the loader is travelling.