Shaping The Land With Mcmahon Earth Solutions And The Isuzu Tipper
Established only in 2016, McMahon Earth Solutions has already carved a niche for itself in the landscaping industry. Based on the idyllic Sunshine Coast, Queensland, just outside of Noosa, business owner Matt McMahon specialises in landscaping acreage properties, providing quality service to clients looking for creative landscaping solutions on their properties. The business also services commercial customers, providing a suite of tailored solutions.
And like every industrious small business owner, Matt does it all. Customer service. Marketing. Liaising with suppliers. Managing subcontractors. He drafts up the plans and sketches the illustrations. In short, with support from his wife Sarah, Matt does everything he can to ensure his client’s vision becomes reality—be it a unique stone driveway or an immaculate retaining wall.
He also drives the truck.
“The Isuzu FRR 107-210 Tipper is my very first truck,” Matt shared.
“I bought it a little after a year of operating McMahon Earth Solutions, when it became clear my business had grown to the point where it required a truck.”
A carpenter by trade, Matt has always had a passion for building things.
“I enjoy using tricky bits of real estate and enjoy the challenge of turning it into something aesthetically pleasing and functional.
“I customise every job, and tailor it to my client’s needs.”
But of course, to haul the necessary materials and machinery to make those needs come true, Matt needed a transportation solution.
Matt said, “Buying a truck is a major commitment and a big investment, so I made sure I did my research and a few test drives.
“Before buying the Isuzu I did look at another Japanese truck… but for a truck with similar specs to the Isuzu, it simply didn’t have the horsepower or the same handling.
“The Isuzu was the superior choice.”
His own research aside, Matt also has many trade friends who weren’t shy in providing truck-buying advice, all chipping in with word-of-mouth recommendations.
“I know many people in the building industry who own trucks, and there has never been a bad thing said about Isuzu trucks,” said Matt.
“Some have owned an Isuzu truck that’s now 10 or 15 years old, and those trucks are still going fine.
“Obviously, the trucks need maintenance, but there haven’t been any complaints—the trucks just keep going.”
Matt said with a laugh, “Every time I rock up in that truck, people say, ‘Whoa, you’ve got one of these!’”
When asked about the functionality and features of the FRR, Matt said, “I really can’t fault it. It drives pretty much like an everyday sort of vehicle, like a big car.
“I like how easy it is to handle, and the seamless way it moves through traffic, roundabouts and general suburbia.”
Servicing beyond the Sunshine Coast, Matt has once driven his truck to and from Sydney.
“The cab is really comfortable… and that was when I used the cruise control quite a bit, it was a really handy feature,” Matt shared.
“Instagram is the perfect platform for clients to view my portfolio, as well as see the tools and machinery I own to get the job done,” he said.
Featuring a gross vehicle mass of 10,700 kg, with a gross combination mass of 16,000 kg, a power of 154 kW @ 2,400 rpm and a torque of 726 Nm @ 1,600 rpm, the FRR 107-210 Tipper definitely has more than enough power to get the job done.
Matt enthused, “It is a very powerful truck; it carts everything from general waste to my 4.5-tonne Caterpillar 304.E2 excavator, as well as landscaping material—which could be dirt, garden mulch, gravel, and at times even big rocks and boulders.
“I’ve also recently had my truck serviced, and the whole process went seamlessly, so I have no complaints.”
And at the rate his business is growing, Matt believes that there could be an opportunity to get another larger Isuzu in the coming years.
“The Isuzu is an awesome, solid truck.
I’ll definitely go back to Isuzu if I need another truck.”