When Peta and Kerry met, they decided to join together and
become business partners.
“I met Peta through the business, struck up a friendship which
went further and now we are married,” Kerry explained.
It was from here that Poynton Maintenance Services begun.
THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT FOR OPERATIONS
Choosing the right equipment is important for any contrac-
tor, but Peta and Kerry said that it’s particularly important as
women. Without equipment that is reliable, effective and ergo-
nomically suitable, they would be unable to approach jobs with
confidence, or complete them to a high standard. Talking with
other contractors and industry profes-
sionals has been a helpful way for Peta
and Kerry to increase their understand-
ing of various equipment types, and
select specific tools. As early players in
the contracting business, the couple has
also had the opportunity to share infor-
mation and educate others who are enter-
ing or struggling in the industry.
“Having really good equipment has
helped us, as well as having people to
point us in the right direction. We’re
always talking to other contractors about
what they have and how they feel about equipment they have
purchased. We also have a great mate who runs a
mower shop. We have a network of people that has
supported and helped us and their advice and edu-
cation has been invaluable,” Peta said.
“I don’t think you can go past word of mouth
from the contractors. If they have got a piece of
equipment they don’t like, they’ll soon tell their oth-
er contractors,” Kerry agreed.
“We were fairly early in the piece, so we were
the ones telling them which equipment was good.
We have done the hard yards, we have built up our
business and it is really comfortable. Others still
look up to us, because people are still struggling,”
As women, Peta and Kerry said that equipment weight and feel
plays a large part in their selection.
“Being two women, we really try and get equipment that is going
to be ergonomically built for us. A lot of equipment is built for men.
We always try and get a feel for a piece of equipment, whether it’s
a brushcutter or hedge trimmer, and see how many hours we can
work with it,” Peta said.
Peta and Kerry use a range of brands across their fleet of equip-
ment, and have experimented with a number of models.
“Our chainsaws are Shindaiwa, and so is our backpack blower
and professional hedge trimmers. We also use a Tanaka backpack
brushcutter,” Peta said.
Smaller Shindaiwa brushcutters are
used for domestic jobs.
Peta and Kerry have found the
Worldlawn Viper ride on mower with 50
inch deck to be invaluable, and said that
Clive Townley from Mowco has pro-
vided them with a wealth of knowledge
when it comes to equipment.
“Clive was Australian service man-
ager for Toro and our first mower was
a Toro. Clive came out to demonstrate
it for us and help us to set it up. We ini-
tially had a couple of things go wrong
with it and Clive made the effort to come into our home late on
a Friday night. We were impressed by his dedication to his work
and service,” Peta said.
Peta and Kerry said that it is also important to give construc-
“We recently tried a new mower, but it was ridiculously heavy,
even for male contractors. It was over engineered. We gave the store
owner our honest opinion and said, ‘you’re never going to sell this’.
That’s what we like about the Vipers, they’re light,” Peta said.
The business’s equipment needs have changed as it has grown
and developed. Kerry said that some smaller equipment is no
“Most of what we do now is large area stuff, so we don’t even
need the smaller mowers anymore. We’ve got one there just in
case,” she said.
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POWER EQUIPMENT AUSTRALASIA