Scott Rennicks of Adobe West Landscaping Company, Oakland, Calif., described the housing market in northern California as “explosive.”
Rennicks saw an opportunity and capitalized on the housing development by growing the company’s landscape construction business.
Rennicks buys his equipment from Bobcat West and believes local sales, service and parts are important.
“When we decided to replace [our old] machines, we looked for a good place to get service and parts — that is why we ended up going with Bobcat.”
Rennicks has built quite a fleet of different Bobcat machines, including seven 430 Zero House Swing (ZHS) compact excavators, a 331 compact excavator, various skid steer loaders, a powerful T300 compact track loader and five MT52 and MT55 mini track loaders. Rennicks matches Bobcat attachments, such as trenchers and job-related buckets, to these tool carriers to further maximize their versatility.
Landscaping Projects Call for Compact Machines
Landscaping projects in the Bay Area call for compact equipment because of confined residential developments.
“The 430 compact excavator has a good turning radius to get into tight spots,” Rennicks said. “We rely on our 430 excavators to trench new drainage installations because we have good reach with the excavators’ arms.”
Tracked equipment also plays an important part. Because of the demand for new housing, landscapers work year-round to keep up with residential and commercial developers.
“In California, even though it rains in the winter, you have to continue to work in less-than-ideal conditions because of tight schedules,” he said. “The tracks on our Bobcat equipment allow us to do that, providing a good base for working in wet conditions.”
Bobcat MT52 and MT55 loaders are matched with trencher attachments to dig underground irrigation systems.
“Our operators like the versatility of the machines and the ability to get into tight areas,” Rennicks said. “With the real estate market being as tight as it is in northern California, there are very little setbacks. We need a piece of equipment to get in between those areas.”
Providing the right mix of Bobcat equipment has helped Rennicks grow his lawn maintenance company into a successful residential and commercial landscape construction business.
For more information, visit www.bobcat.com/landscape.
This article was reprinted with permission from Bobcat WorkSaver magazine.