Toolcat 5600 meets landscaper's expectations
Father and son find many uses for 5600 and attachments
Karl and Erik Grahek use attachments to keep their Toolcat 5600 working year-round.
Two years ago, when Proper Maintenance ordered a Bobcat® utility work machine, Erik Grahek used his desk calendar to mark off the days until the machine arrived.
"He was really excited and had high expectations for the Toolcat 5600," says his father Karl. Did this one-of-a-kind machine meet those expectations? "It sure did," says Erik, "especially when winter arrived. It did a great job in snow removal, and the enclosed, heated cab is something I really appreciated."
The Graheks' company — based in St. Paul, Minn. — specializes in landscape installation and maintenance. Every November the focus turns to snow removal, and that's why they purchased the Toolcat 5600 in the first place. However, as others have discovered, it's a valuable year-round machine.
Proper Maintenance has about two dozen snow removal customers on a five-mile stretch of St. Paul's Summit Avenue, an historic street populated by Victorian-era mansions.
"We used to spend a great deal of time loading and unloading our Bobcat loader to clean these driveways and sidewalks," Erik says. "With the Toolcat 5600, I can drive this entire route, going from customer to customer. Our time has been significantly reduced."
He uses the utility work machine with an angle broom when the snowfall is 5 inches or less, and the snow V-blade or bucket for heavier amounts. "These attachments, along with the excellent maneuverability of the Toolcat 5600, make us very productive," Erik says.
"One of our customers is a 72-unit townhome complex with a stamped concrete driveway," he says. "In order not to cause any damage, I use the angle broom which allows me to work flush to the buildings. Adjusting the broom angle is easy."
The Graheks continue to find more uses for the Toolcat 5600 in the landscaping portion of their business. Last summer, for example, they renovated the landscaping at an office park. They removed all the existing landscape rock and plants, and installed fabric, wood chips and new plants.
"Removing the landscape rock was a chore, requiring us to constantly drive over the grass and make sharp turns while digging out the embedded rock," Erik says. "With the utility work machine there was no damage to the sensitive turf."
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