As Australia’s hub for federal government activity and a visiting place for many influential people, Canberra is a city that must always be well presented. To assist in this task, arboricultural business, Priority Tree Care, has been keeping Canberra’s trees in top shape since the business was established in 1989.
Started from scratch by two friends who each invested $10,000 to get the business up and running, Priority Tree Care has progressed over the years through word-of-mouth and hard work.
One of those friends is Scott Wallace, who is still involved in the business today and says the early days were tough due to tight budgetary constraints.
“We first let people know about our business by delivering advertising pamphlets by pushbike between jobs. We also aimed at keeping our customers happy so that we would benefit from word of mouth endorsements,” Mr Wallace said.
“At the start it was just the two of us and a small truck, trailer and the basic climbing gear. There was a lot of hard work and long days, but after a few years the business developed into a successful little enterprise.”
Today Priority Tree Care employs six staff, four arborists and two groundsmen, who operate a range of trucks and equipment, including an Isuzu FRR 600 and Isuzu NPR 300 Tipper.
With the trucks and equipment yard based in Parkwood, Priority Tree Care operates within the Canberra area and provides arboricultural services to a range of customers including the Australian National Botanic Gardens, universities, embassies, real estate businesses and has a particular focus on residential customers.
“We ensure all of our arborists are professionally qualified and work as a team to the highest industry standards. We pride ourselves on the number of repeat customers that choose to use our services year after year and we continue to do the best job we can to keep them all happy,” Mr Wallace said.
Mr Wallace and his team offer a range of specialist services including the dismantling and removal of trees, directional pruning and deadwood removal, power line clearance, stump grinding, root pruning and barrier installation, supply and or transplanting of trees, audits and reports, consultancy and programmed maintenance.
“The new FRR 600 has a custom built mulching bin body and tows a wood chipper trailer. We have also had an Isuzu bullbar and some work cupboards fitted to store our tools, safety equipment and spill kits,” Mr Wallace said.
“The NPR 300 Tipper is used to tow the stump grinding machine. With its drop sides it makes loading the grindings and wood a lot easier.”
Mr Wallace said the Isuzu trucks are driven in the Canberra city and residential areas, as well as the occasional trip on dirt roads.
“The FRR 600 is a great truck. It offers us plenty of power. With a full mulch bin and the chipper on the back there is plenty of drag and resistance, but this truck offers us more power than our previous truck and goes up hills easily,” he said.
“One of our drivers loves this truck and doesn’t want to give up driving it. It’s very nice to drive with all of the mod cons.”
To provide an enjoyable ride, the Isuzu FRR 600 features a comfortable state-of-the-art Isri 6860 air suspension driver’s seat, cruise control, Hill Start Aid and an Anti-lock Braking System. With its six cylinder diesel engine rated at 176 kW power and 706 Nm torque, it easily handles heavy truck bodies and trailers.
Although Priority Tree Care doesn’t follow a selection process when in the market for a new truck, with the truck simply chosen to suit its application, Mr Wallace said the new Isuzu FRR 600 was selected due to the performance of the NPR 300 Tipper over the years.
“We purchased the NPR 300 Tipper in 2004 and have had no dramas with it. We decided to follow suit with the new truck and opt for another Isuzu. If we require an additional truck in the future, we would consider Isuzu again,” he said.