Randle Beavis of Specialised Tree Services’ requirement was for a versatile, nimble machine with the strength to lift logs without damaging pavers and lawns like a skid steer.
As one of Perth’s tree surgeons, Randle Beavis’ knowledge and chainsaw can deal with everything from tricky tree emergencies to routine maintenance in parks and gardens.
Pruning and tree removal means there are large logs to remove from site, without any collateral damage.
“We had tried using skid steers of various types but all they do is rip up pavers and people’s lawn and it was costing us time and money to repair the damage,” Randle Beavis explains.
To avoid such damage, Randle Beavis opted for an articulated loader instead. “We decided to trial a couple of articulated loaders, one of which we almost bought. Then Cameron Moir and Boya Equipment brought a Schaffer loader up to our worksite and did a demonstration with us with the mini loaders side by side. That made us realise that the Schaffer mini loader was just that far ahead of the competitor there was no comparison. So we bought the Schaffer.”
While there is a perception that Schaffer Loaders’ German quality comes with a high-end price tag, Randle Beavis says he saved $15,000 on the Schaffer deal compared to the competitor’s brand.
A year down the track, Randle Beavis is still happy with his Schaffer 2026 compact articulated loader. “It saves us time, it saves us money, productivity is greater. Our operators fight over who gets to use it. And the back-up from Schaffer and Boya has been excellent,” he says.