From the Big Apple to the country
Manhattan businessman leaves stress behind driving Toolcat utility work machine
After more than three decades of working very hard building his business, Max Kian is slowing down a little. But as someone who says he can't sit still, he's finding plenty to do around his 13-acre New Jersey estate. And he's doing much of it with another hard worker — a Toolcat™ 5600 utility work machine.
"I never imagined that I would become so successful when I came to America as an 18-year-old to attend college," says the native Iranian. "I guess if you work hard you can accomplish anything." After receiving a degree in mechanical engineering, he turned his attention to his true interest — real estate.
"I always wanted to own property," he says, "so I started by buying one parking lot, then another and it grew from there." Today he owns a couple dozen parking lots in Manhattan, along with buildings in New York City and New Jersey. "It's a very stressful business," he says.
When he begins the 60-mile commute to his Lebanon, N.J., home, he looks forward to the peaceful life in the country amid the hills, trees, flowers and gardens on his property.
Unlike many of his friends and neighbors who hire people to maintain their home and grounds, Kian does much of the planting, mowing, gardening and other chores himself. "I enjoy working outdoors — it's a great stress reliever," he says.
From 1999 to 2003 he built the family home on the property, doing some of the work himself and overseeing a group of subcontractors. He used his tractor loader backhoe (TLB) to help in the construction.
"Once the house was finished, it did not take me long to figure out I needed different equipment to help maintain the place," Kian says. "The TLB was obviously too large for many projects and, for snow removal, the plow on the front of my pickup was not up to the job."
His immediate need was a way to clear his 2,400-foot driveway, built on a hill with many curves. It took him a year to build the driveway — 4 inches of concrete as base for an all-granite surface. "It was a pain in the neck when it snowed," he says. "None of the equipment I tried worked very well. It was very frustrating."
The solution — and an ideal one at that — turned out to be a Toolcat 5600 and attachments, purchased from Garden State Bobcat.
Snow removal solution
"I looked at a lot of equipment," he recalls. "Once I saw the Toolcat 5600 with an enclosed cab with heat and air conditioning and all the available attachments (more than 40), I decided that is exactly what I needed. The 66-inch-wide snowblower attachment does an excellent job and the all-wheel steering allows me to turn around anywhere in the driveway. It usually takes me 1˝ hours to remove all the snow, but I do it in comfort.
"I also apply salt from the SP12 spreader that is mounted in the cargo box. I can even use the snowblower and spreader at the same time. If I did not have this equipment I would have a rough time in the winter, especially going down the hill."
For Kian, snow removal is a necessity — what he does with the utility work machine the rest of the year is mostly pleasure. He uses it to collect grass clippings, haul firewood, plant trees and work around his large vegetable garden. The 5600 helped when he built a pond, has been used to install fencing and is used in most of his landscaping projects. The 5600 is also useful for transporting deliveries up the hill and hauling garbage cans and recycling bins down the hill.
"I use it every day," he says. "I would not want to be without the Toolcat 5600. I replaced my first one last year with a new model (a D-Series), which has more power. The ride is comfortable, the controls are easy to operate and the Power Bob-Tach™ attachment mounting system makes changing attachments very easy. It's so handy that it's unbelievable."
About five years ago Kian decided to slow down from working seven days a week and to spend more time with his family and his hobbies (his classic car collection, fishing and golfing), and climbing into his utility work machine to work around the property.
"It takes all the stress away," he says. "And makes living in the country that much more enjoyable."
"I would not want to be without the Toolcat 5600. The ride is comfortable, the controls are easy to operate and the Power Bob-Tach™ attachment mounting system makes changing attachments very easy. It's so handy that it's unbelievable."
— Max Kian
Still one of a kind
In 2003 Bobcat introduced the world's first Toolcat™ utility work machine. Today it's still a Bobcat exclusive with two models to choose from, combining the benefits of a pickup truck, utility vehicle, tractor and attachment carrier.
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