5058ZS Wheel Loader

Schaffer owners: Rock and Water
Industry type: Sand, soil and rock supplies for landscaping
Location: Blacksoil near Ipswich, Queensland
Model: 5058ZS wheel loader
Accessories: Forks, 4-in-1 bucket, GP bucket, chain trencher, post-hole digger
Usage: Moving rocks and building rock walls, trenching, sand and soil yard work
Requirement: An extremely heavy duty yet compact wheel loader capable of day in, day out lifting of heavy rocks and various other tasks

Rock and Water, in Blacksoil near Ipswich, Queensland, is a landscaping supply yard. Milton St John co-owns the business with Ben Peterson, and is a big fan of the Schaffer 5058ZS wheel loader they purchased in January 2006.

"It's the best thing we've ever bought for our business. Without our front end loader, we're buggered," Milton says.

Milton has been impressed by the versatility of the Schaffer 5058ZS wheel loader, which has a wide range of accessories.

Along with the Norm 4-in-1 bucket, Rock and Water owns a GP bucket, a set of forks, a Digga post-hole digger and a Digga chain trencher to handle everything from trenching to building rock walls.

The Schaffer 5058ZS wheel loader has the highest auxiliary flow on the market, allowing it to be a true integrated tool carrier with huge cooling capacity to match.

It has heavy industrial German build quality with axles built by ZF and Bosch/Rexroth industrial quality hydraulics.

Tough, durable features such as oversized rams, pins and sealed articulation joints ensure the Schaffer 5058ZS wheel loader just keeps on going, with absolutely minimum downtime.

Ease of operation is another strong point. The Schaffer 5058ZS wheel loader has a 20% greater articulation angle than other machines and is a cinch to drive with all the functions on one joystick, including a hydraulic quick attachment for changing tools.

Milton says: "The hydraulic quick attachment is absolutely brilliant. It cuts changing time in half and means I don't need to get out of the vehicle every time I need to change a tool."


Engine: Kubota V3300 turbo - 70hp
Operating weight: 4.7 tonnes
Mast height: 3.4m