One of Brisbane's largest landscaping companies is using a fleet of Toyota Huski skid-steer loaders to create showpiece suburbs and recreational areas to the city's north and south.
Eureka Landscapes Pty Ltd is the primary landscape contractor for the massive North Lakes and Springfield Lakes projects.
The company commissioned two new Toyota Huski 5SDK-8 skid-steer loaders in May, bringing its Huski fleet to eight.
Company director Darcy Collins bought his first Toyota Huski in 1980, the year he founded the business, and has bought Toyota skid-steer loaders ever since.
"They're highly reliable machines and they tend to only require scheduled maintenance," he said. "Our operators also appreciate that reliability, as well the ease of use and the overall finish - they're well-finished machines.
"As a company, we appreciate the long-term service support from Toyota Material Handling here in Brisbane and the continuity of dealing with the earthmoving sales manager, Paul Allen."
Eureka Landscapes has grown in 31 years from a small landscape team to a company with more than 100 staff.
North Lakes (Stocklands project) and Springfield Lakes (Delfin Lend Lease project) are the largest residential developments north and south of the Queensland capital.
Mr Collins said work on North Lakes began 10 years ago and has some years still to run, while Springfield Lakes began five years ago and could, depending on land sales, run for another decade.
North Lakes alone has an 18-hole championship golf course, 80 kilometres of bikeways and walkways, 53 parks and eight sports fields.
The 650kg operating load Toyota Huski 5SDK-8 is one of six Huski skid-steer loader models offered nationally by Toyota Material Handling. Models range from the compact 4SDK4 right up to the 900kg operating load 5SDK11.
The Huski 5SDK8 has a spacious cabin opening for smooth entry and exit, along with an easy-to-read instrument panel and low vibration and low fatigue control levers, providing outstanding operator comfort.
It has class-leading visibility and outstanding manoeuvrability.
Optional special features in the Toyota 5SDK Huskis include a push-button for 'ride control', to avoid fore/aft pitching when the loader is travelling.
Factory-fitted options include hi-flow hydraulics, which increase hydraulic power by more than 40 per cent at the touch of a button. This allows for added versatility with specialised attachments such as slashers and large-capacity brooms.