Making light work of oysters

Boosting performance for oyster farmer

Local Business Feature
LOADED: Jackson Harper uses the re-furbished Crown C-5 forklift to move oyster racks for Harper Oysters.

LOADED: Jackson Harper uses the re-furbished Crown C-5 forklift to move oyster racks for Harper Oysters.

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In all businesses, being able to rely upon equipment is imperative to success. That was the case for Harper Oysters as they upgraded to a re-furbished Crown forklift.

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The high value of Crown’s refurbished equipment has earned a C-5 Series internal combustion forklift its place in a business with one of the most picturesque views for forklift driving.

Harper Oysters manages 1.6 hectares of oyster leases on Gogleys Lagoon, producing up to 40,000 dozen oysters per year.

The location provides father and son team Brett and Jackson Harper with an idyllic setting for their operation.

Shortly after establishing the business the Harpers bought an older forklift which took much of the backache out of loading and unloading oyster racks from their punt during the oysters’ three year maturation time.

Brett Harper said the upgrade to a refurbished Crown C-5 Series helped to manage the growing output of the business, which tripled when Jackson joined the business.

“When you’ve had rubbish forklifts, you don’t know what you’re missing until you get a good one,” Mr Harper said.

“We needed reliability. It’s as simple as that.”

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