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RDO Equipment delivers 100th forestry machine in Australia

(L-R) Simon Shackleton, John Deere’s General Manager of Sales and Marketing – Forestry Equipment, Drew Reiser from Blackbutt Logging and Brian Daubney from RDO Equipment celebrating the 100th machine milestone.

John Deere construction and forestry dealer RDO Equipment delivered its 100th forestry machine in Australia in September, a massive milestone for the dealer network which has established itself in the market since launching only two years ago.

Blackbutt Logging, a legacy John Deere customer, is the new owner of the milestone machine, a 959MH Tracked Harvester, adding it to an already-expansive fleet of 14 John Deere construction and forestry machines.

Todd Reiser from Blackbutt Logging with their refurbished John Deere 450C Dozer his father purchased in the 80s.
Todd Reiser from Blackbutt Logging with their refurbished John Deere 450C Dozer his father purchased in the 80s. 

Owned and operated by brothers Drew and Todd Reiser, Blackbutt Logging has been purchasing John Deere equipment since Drew’s father started the business in the 1980s. Nowadays, Drew and Todd oversee the operations, and have continued the legacy their father started of working with John Deere, and now their dealer RDO Equipment.

“We’ve never had any issues working with John Deere, and it’s been great working with the RDO Equipment team these past few years. They provide us with good, quality gear, that’s backed up with the support we need to keep our entire fleet running,” Drew says.

“The first machine my dad purchased from John Deere was a 450C Dozer in the 80s, and after some refurbishments, we still have it running in our fleet, which just shows that these products are built to last. It’s no surprise RDO has sold 100 forestry machines in such a short space of time.”

Simon Shackleton, John Deere’s General Manager of Sales and Marketing – Forestry Equipment, congratulated RDO Equipment for its massive achievement.

“We’ve had nothing but positive feedback from customers about RDO Equipment. They have done well to establish themselves in the Australian market, and I commend them on this great achievement over such a short period of time.

“I want to also congratulate Blackbutt Logging on being part of this special milestone. It’s great to see RDO’s 100th forestry machine sold to a long-standing family business, that has been working with John Deere machines since the beginning,” Simon said.

“With RDO Equipment, our customers have increased parts availability, and expanded coverage across the east coast of Australia, plus a team of expert service and parts technicians. It’s been a great working relationship, and as the forestry industry continues through this buoyant period, I’m looking forward to celebrating further milestones with RDO Equipment and our customers.”