A Melbourne market gardener recently became the lucky winner of Toyota Material Handling's promotion to win the purchase price of any new Toyota walkie stacker or electric pallet jack up to the value of $15,000, purchased between June and August this year.
Daniel Savage of Savage Gardens said the fourth-generation family business was seeking a new electric pallet jack and evaluated several brands before arriving at a Toyota BT LWE130 model. "We needed a pallet jack for our truck and looked at some other brands, but they didn't have the turning circle we wanted," said Mr. Savage. "Also, we have had many Toyota forklifts in our business over the years and found them to be extremely reliable. We thought about trying to save some money up-front by going to a different maker but in the end, we said, 'No, if the Toyota pallet jacks are like their forklifts, they'll pretty much last forever'. So, we rang-up Ross."
Ross Hourigan, Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) area sales manager, Victoria, said Savage Gardens' decision to buy the Toyota BT LWE130 electric pallet jack was carefully considered. "They're a family business so they think hard about what they spend their money on," said Mr. Hourigan. "We went through a process to help them select a unit that best fit their requirements for the tasks they were doing," said Mr. Hourigan. "We put a demonstrator model on their site and showed them what the controls do and how to operate it safely, and then left it with them for a couple of days to practise its operation."
The Toyota BT LWE130's narrow chassis is renowned for its excellent manoeuvrability in confined working areas and Savage Gardens' Daniel Savage said he found this feature particularly appealing. "The turning circle on the other brands we looked at was too wide. It was too limiting for us," Mr. Savage said. "When Ross gave us the loaner we were impressed at its lock in tight spaces, it turned beautifully, and we also found the Click-to-Creep function to be really good.
"The boys fell in love with it - and I like it, too - so we went from there."
TMHA's Ross Hourigan said it was Toyota's famed quality, durability and reliability that eventually won-out in the selection process. "We know that Savage Gardens also trialed a couple of other brands but in the end, they went with Toyota because they could trust the performance. Their Toyota forklifts have proven to be very reliable and durable in the past and they expect the same will be the case with the Toyota BT LWE130 electric pallet jack.
"I suspect our machine may have been a bit more expensive, but they decided it was worth the investment. They felt that the little bit extra for the Toyota would end up paying itself back and more, in the long-run."
The Toyota Means Business "$15k Back" promotion winner was drawn randomly, and it fell to Ross Hourigan to deliver the good news. "When I heard Daniel had won it, I got on the phone to him. He was pretty excited when I told him. He said he'd have to give up buying Tatts Lotto tickets because he'd used up all his luck. We had a laugh about that."
Mr. Savage said he was quite surprised to hear the news. "I actually had no idea. I only knew about the Toyota Material Handling fuel card that was part of it," he said. "When Ross rang me and told me I'd been picked out as the prize-winner and would be getting the pallet jack for nothing, I was pretty chuffed. It was quite unreal."
Mr. Savage said the business grows an assortment of vegetables, and that Toyota Material Handling has been part of its history for a long time. "We are fourth-generation vegetable farmers and over the last 20 years many Toyota forklifts have helped our business grow and deliver produce for large-scale retailers such as Woolworths and Melbourne Markets.
"We grow about 20 different types of produce but we specialise in beetroot and spring onions.
Winner Daniel Savage of Savage Gardens (left), with his new Toyota BT LWE130, along with Ross Hourigan, Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA)