About Risley Hydraulic Services in Grande Prairie

Risley Hydraulic Services offers one-stop service for mechanical, hydraulic, electronic, or light duty welding and machining work in our fully equipped facility. We can design and custom build any application you require or test the equipment you already have.

Established in 1978

In 1978 Risley Hydraulic Services was a four-man repair shop serving hydraulic equipment users in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Today, Risley Hydraulic Services employs more than 24 skilled workers at a 24,000-square-foot facility.

Excellence in the Industry

The Risley Hydraulic Services team has only one standard of performance within the company - excellence. To achieve excellence consistently, the company has invested in the most advanced tools and processes available.

Our Team

Driving Risley Hydraulic Services' success is the skill, energy and enthusiasm of our people. Their pride in what they do shows in the conscientious quality of their workmanship and their continuing search for new and better ways of getting results - the results you need to succeed. Your success is our success! Call us today.

About Our President

When Reg Isley was growing up on a homestead outside Beaverlodge, he spent countless hours in his father’s dusty, dirt floor workshop, devouring stacks of old Popular Science and Popular Mechanics magazines. He learned how to remove the gas engine from a washing machine and attach it to his bicycle. “It was seven miles to school on a dirt road,” he explains.

At 17, Isley began a practical education in welding at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and later at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). After graduation, Isley returned to the Peace Country, where he took a job in the steel trade in Grande Prairie and later opened a machine shop with a friend. In 1978, Isley started his own small business -- Fluidic Power Ltd. -- designing, repairing and servicing hydraulic equipment and systems.

When economic collapse hit the province’s oil sector in the early 1980s, service industry businesses like Fluidic suffered. Jobs became scarce. But Isley saw a niche. In 1984, after investing about $750,000, Risley Equipment unveiled the RotoSaw, a mechanical harvesting head that cuts trees faster and with less fibre damage than other logging mechanisms. Isley’s RotoSaw revolutionized the forestry industry. With 32 other patented products in its arsenal, such as the Lim-mit de-limber and the Timber King Feller Buncher (eventually sold to Caterpillar), the Risley Group was generating $30 million in annual sales by 1996.

The Risley Group remains firmly rooted in Grande Prairie. Its diverse range of products, mostly for niche markets in the forestry industry, have been sold throughout Canada and the United States, as well as Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

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