The demand for reliable equipment to perform landscaping and construction jobs has hit new heights this year. Contractors are busier than ever, and a boom in do-it-yourself projects has taught many homeowners and cottagers the value of having the right tools for the job.
Kubota North’s commitment to providing top-of-the-line equipment and service has made them the place to go for contractors and landscapers, as well as the do-it-yourself home and cottage owners.
“Whether you’re a contractor or a homeowner, you need durable and reliable heavy equipment,” says Dave Jackson, president of Kubota North. “Providing these products is why Kubota has become the brand of choice.”
Designed and manufactured in Japan, Kubota’s reputation in Canada is second to none. They have a variety of tractors, mowers, loaders, excavators, RTVs, side-by-sides, and more.
The pace at which contractors are working often means they’re pushing their equipment to the limit. With parts sometimes in short supply, breakdowns can cause major delays, which means its more important than ever to have excellent equipment to begin with.
“When you’re on the job, time is money,” says Dave. “Our team will take the time to get you the right equipment, and keep it operating in excellent condition.”
Little wonder, then, that the Gravenhurst-based family-owned business has seen tremendous growth.
Kubota North is operated by Dave and wife Laura, along with their son Brett, who is the vice-president. General manager Pam Medland recently joined Kubota North, which now has 25 employees and counting.
While the pandemic has had an enormous impact on the demand for quality equipment, Kubota North was seeing steady year-over-year demand increases long before the pandemic. Dave attributes this to both the reputation of the brand and the willingness of their team to go above and beyond the call of duty.
“We’ll be there with the equipment you need and expert advice, whether your business is big or small,” says Brett. “No matter the customer, we appreciate every single client and strive to make them feel valued.”
These days, skillful and efficient maintenance is essential to keep their client’s businesses operating. But even before the pandemic, Kubota North was quickly expanding to meet the needs of their clientele.
Since moving to their location beside Hwy 11 in 2015 – easily recognizable by the large silo with their logo on it – they have increased their office and retail space, added to their service and maintenance areas, and created new storage space.
In the past year, they have added a 16,000 square foot storage dome to ensure they have all the inventory they need to meet client demands.
The 11-acre property isn’t just for storage, though: the site also has enough space for test driving anything from RTVs to large tractors before buying.
To provide better service to their clients, Kubota North made a large addition to their business late in 2018. They added bigger, more efficient service bays which are staffed by Kubota-trained, certified, and insured mechanics. Clients can rest assured their equipment – big or small – will be ready to go as quickly as possible with expert care.
They also have an on-road service truck to take care of their customers. Meanwhile, another set of mechanics is focused on assembling new equipment inside the main building.
“We have an amazing team here,” says Brett. “They put so much pride into everything they do, and it shows in the quality of our service.”
Financing and insurance available
In-house financing is available, with rates as low as zero percent. Clients can even arrange insurance through Kubota, providing competitive rates and reducing the time required to complete a purchase.
“We know how frustrating delays can be for contractors,” says Dave. “That’s why we offer everything you need in one place, so you can spend more time running your business.”
As they have done for many years, Kubota North continues to be active in the community. They take pride in providing sponsorships – in funds or equipment – for many Muskoka not-for-profit organizations and a variety of charity events. Laura says it’s one of the ways they can show appreciation to the community.
“The support of the community has been overwhelming through the years,” says Laura. “Anytime we can give back, we’re happy to do so.”
TEXT CHRIS OCCHIUZZI | PHOTOS ANDREW FEARMAN