Surf and Turf

Two years after becoming redundant, Mariner Rood brought Revive Landscape Construction to life and has since expanded the fleet with a new Isuzu FSR 140-260 Tipper.
Isuzu FSR 140-260 tipper.

The first mention of making a landscape can be apparently found in an essay written in 1712 by Joseph Addison, On the Pleasures of the Imagination.

And although early examples of gardening were rife in ancient times throughout Europe and Asia, the term ‘landscape architecture’ wasn’t apparently invented until 1828 by Gilbert Laing Meason.

The years to follow saw the practice of landscape architecture continue to spread throughout the world’s fastest growing countries and cities, with public and residential gardening becoming a common practice in many societies today.

The Q1 2022 edition of the Knight Frank’s Global Residential Cities Index found Brisbane to be the 10th fastest-growing city in the world.

The report, which tracks residential markets in 150 cities, saw Brisbane undergo a 28.4 per cent growth during the 12 months prior to April — ahead of all other Australian capitals.

With the rise in population creating higher demand for landscaping and architectural services, many businesses are adapting their operations to cater to the market.

Based in Brisbane, Revive Landscape Construction does an even mix of residential and commercial landscaping around the state, particularly on the Sunshine Coast, around the town of Cherbourg and further to the south on the Gold Coast.

Mariner Rood, Revive Landscape.
Mariner Rood, owner Revive Landscape.

To cater for Brisbane’s evolving landscaping demand, the business has recently switched into expansion mode under the wing of Mariner Rood – who is planning on hiring more staff and acquiring more equipment to help with some big projects planned for the following months.

As part of this company-wide growth, Mariner recently purchased a brand-new Isuzu FSR 140-260 Tipper, which he says was crucial to his team’s soil and turf preparation work at Mount Gravatt TAFE in Brisbane late last year.

“We were working on a couple of hundred square metres of turf and landscaped garden area and we needed to move around 30 cubic metres of top-soil and other material over a couple of days,” he says.

“I was able to fit seven cubic metres in each load, so that worked out to four-and-a-half loads. In the old truck that would have taken 11 loads.”

The Isuzu’s predecessor – a small, ageing tipper, which is still part of the fleet – hadn’t been ‘cutting the butter’ for Mariner. So, he began researching what truck would best suit the work he and his two apprentices were doing.

The result led him straight to Isuzu.

“It’s right in-between the largest size and the smaller variant, so it’s great for those tight access jobs around town,” he says. “I do a lot of demolition work for jobs and it helps us get rid of a lot of product that we don’t want onsite.”

Revive Landscape's new Isuzu FSR 140-260.
Revive Landscape’s new Isuzu FSR 140-260.

Mariner’s FSR Tipper has a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) of 14,000 kilograms and a Gross Combined Mass (GCM) of 21,000 kilograms, making it more than capable of carrying a full load of construction rubble and towing earthmoving equipment.

Included for these operations is a 2.5-tonne Terex Posi-Track that is vital to Revive Landscape Construction’s business.

Under the bonnet, the FSR’s six-cylinder Isuzu 6HK1-TCC engine produces 191kW of power at 2,400rpm and 761Nm of torque between 1,450 and 2,400rpm. And, according to Mariner, it copes extremely well with weightier loads of soil and other aggregate material that needs to be transported through some of Brisbane’s most uphill areas.

The FSR also comes with a wide range of safety features that help protect the Revive Landscape Construction team on the job.

These include an anti-lock braking system (ABS), anti-skid regulator (ASR), hill start aid (HSA), cab tilt warning (CTW) and low-light capable reversing camera.

In addition, the FSR has some of the team’s favourite features including heated side mirrors, a quiet cabin and a wide lens and microphone on the reverse camera.

Mariner says he is also thrilled that he can now carry and tow much more than his former ute, resulting in higher productivity and efficiency throughout the fleet’s operations.

“There’s less trips, less hours you’ve got to spend on the road, he says. “That’s pretty much the reason I bought it. I don’t have to go to the tip before I go and pick up the bobcat. I can just fill the truck up, put the trailer on, chuck the machine on, and I can go home from there.”

With just a 20 second raise/lower time on the tipping body, Revive Landscape Construction has also been able to reduce operation times by spending less time in each location and moving on to the next one, faster.

“The up and down time on the tips, it’s pretty efficient,” Mariner says. “It’s really comfortable and it’s perfect for the job.”

The FSR 140-260 Tipper isn’t the first Isuzu to join the fleet, however, as Mariner also has a 1995 NKR that joined the company through his father – a used car salesman.

“It’s a solid little work vehicle,” he says. “I think it’s got over 300,000 kilometres on it, and it hasn’t skipped a beat yet.”

After experiencing the old Isuzu’s reliability and the comfort, power and safety features of the new FSR, Mariner is certain that any further expansion of the Revive Landscape Construction fleet will include another Isuzu.

Sandy loam is raked to level ahead of turf laying by Revive Landscape in Brisbane.
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