Looking back on February reflectively, it’s been a great month. We have seen our business and our customers settle more and more into the year. We look forward to the challenging yet exciting projects that lay ahead.

As we’ve said before (and will continue to say again), the most important aspect of our business is our customers. Whilst carrying incredible machines, and delivering a high standard of customer service, these are all redundant without our hardworking and loyal customers who take these factors and put their money where their mouths are, out on the dirt.

We spoke to Finn Foote, who works for Total Fencing Solutions, about his experience using his Takeuchi TB225

G’Day Finn – tell us about some of the work you do at ‘Total Fencing’?

We are fencing contractors which involves rural fencing, residential, commercial/security, retaining walls, orchard, vineyard, kiwifruit and berry farm development, post-driving and hole boring.

Righto, quite a diverse list there. How did you get started in this industry?

I originally started out rural fencing working for my father in law when I left school 30 years ago, I then bought a dingo and auger kit and went out on my own with one other staff member. In 2005 I bought a tractor and post rammer and started doing orchard developments and the business has grown from there.

Grown is an understatement! We’re lightyears away from you and a mate doing orchard developments on your own. Tell me about why you decided to buy a Takeuchi. What model and why?

We were asked to come up with a method of installing steel posts for a 10-hectare tunnel house berry farm (we had previously installed these with a hand held driver). I decided on a mini excavator running a converted concrete breaker to drive the posts, the machine had to be small enough to fit under the tunnel house frames, but I wanted something with good balance, good joystick operated hydraulics and large enough to tackle some of our other boring and digging works. I rang around and after speaking to Steve Hale we came up with the TB225 which has a conventional tail, the hydraulic specifications of a larger machine with double piping excellent flow and joystick toggles, and all fits on a 3.5 ton rated trailer. We also do a lot of vegetation, old fence/concrete clearing and with the thumb fitted and ability to fit in to small spaces the TB225 has been a huge help. We had an old Yanmar 5.5 ton machine which I have since sold as was no longer needed.

What are some of the ways that you find your Takeuchi superior to other machines on the market?

The TB225 has better balance than the zero swing mini machines, this also gives it extra cabin space. It is also better speed with two sets of piping and proportional thumb control. It is also extremely smooth and fast for a “mini” and anyone that drives it comments on it ease of operation.
How did you find the NZEG service and consulting through the purchase stage? How about now? When dealing with Steve, I found him to be very knowledgeable and easy to deal with. I bought the machine based on his recommendations and hadn’t viewed/tested beforehand. It’s been smooth sailing from there.

That’s great to hear. Finally, why would you recommend a Takeuchi to someone else?

I would recommend a Takeuchi to anyone due to great Japanese build quality, features, and ease of use. We are hoping to purchase a TB285 to run a plate compactor for post driving later this year.

Key TB225 spec’s

Operating weight: 2,265kg Canopy; 2,400kg Cabin

Variable Track width: 1,100 – 1,500mm

Aux Flow: Aux 1 38.5LPM, Aux 2 13.2LPM

Digging Depth: 2,580mm

Dump Height: 2,875mm



Call now to find out more about the TB225 on 0800 TAKEUCHI (0800 825 382)

2019 Calendar dates

9 – 10 March
Kumeu show: Site 30 & 32

14 – 16 March
Central Districts Fieldays, Fielding: C15

12 – 15 June
National Fieldays, Mystery Creek Hamilton: O11

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