Equipment and Machinery, Skid steers, Toyota

Steering towards growth with Toyota

LH Excavations' Toyota skid steer

LH Excavations has expanded its business by starting a new equipment hire arm. When owner Lee Heares needed reliable steer skids to add to the hire fleet – he went straight to Toyota Material Handling Australia.

The legendary reliability and performance of Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) is helping booming excavations business, LH Excavations, as it establishes its own hire fleet of machines.

Based in Sydney, LH Excavations purchased a pair of Toyota Huski skid steer loaders as part of a business expansion that includes opening its own equipment hiring arm, LH Hire.

Since opening seven years ago, LH Excavations has used equipment from a variety of manufacturers but has chosen to add TMHA to its roster to support the LH Hire business.

Lee Heares, the owner of LH Excavations, said that he needed dependable steer skids his fleet business that could be depended upon to work day-in, day-out. With previous experience using Toyota equipment, Lee knew that TMHA could deliver.

“I’ve hired their gear through other people before – they’re just good, simple, reliable machines, they’re very easy to use,” he said.

The exceptional reliability and mechanical simplicity of the Huski skid steers made them the perfect fit for the hire fleet, which will likely also be called upon to assist the excavation side of the business.

“I just like that it’s very simple,” Lee said. “A lot of the gear coming out now is all computerised, there’s too much to fail.
He added that his experience has shown Huskis to be “tough” and “reliable” machines.

“Every machine I’ve been in with the Huskis, they’re always going, they’ve never broken down.”

TMHA area sales manager Peter Bower added noted that the reliability and mechanical simplicity of Toyota skid steers were common reasons for purchase, due to the critical importance of having functional workplace equipment.

“Simplicity is what a lot of people like about our products,” Peter said. “I would say the majority of our customers come to us for things like that. They are very effective and very reliable.”

LH has ordered two Huski skid steer loaders – a 3.1-tonne 5SDK8 and a smaller 1.1-tonne 4SDK4 unit perfect for smaller applications like backyard DIY.

The exceptional reliability and mechanical simplicity of the Huski skid steers made them the perfect fit for the expanding LH Hire fleet.


Lee said LH Excavations spotted an opportunity to expand its business after finding itself regularly lending out its equipment.

“The idea was pretty much borne from requests from others to use our gear,” he said. “We could see there was a demand in the market for a new offering.”“Having the excavation business and then having people asking to loan the gear out, we saw the opportunity to start a hire company, and it’s taken off pretty well.”

Lee said he would happily recommend TMHA to others in the industry, remarking that any company offering machines with the quality of his Toyota Huski units would get his blessing.

He also praised the easy and hassle-free relationship developed with TMHA, thanks to the help provided by Peter.
This is only the beginning of a great journey for LH Excavations, said Lee, with ambitions to grow its business and add more units to its hire operation.

“We don’t want to be a small company, we want to strive to be someone bigger,” he said. “The doors aren’t shut for us in terms of growing, so it’s just the time now to keep the cash flow high and keep buying more machines.”
LH Excavations started seven years ago as a one-man operation, with Lee getting his start when a friend bought him a machine to excavate his house.

Slowly buying machines and taking on new workers, Lee and his partner Eleni Kamper expanded the business to the point where it now employs six staff in Sydney’s southern suburbs.

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