Farms & Farm Machinery Issue 438 June 2024

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For the farmer

New McCormick tractors at Clark Equipment

A ntonio Carraro’s latest vineyard tractor

Newest Case IH baler built for heavy use

Bourgault’s solutions to seeding issues

For the owner

30 Franks Service Centre trusting Merlo range

K ramer telehandlers offering strength

Hercules machines a hero for cattle farmer

Jetland ramp gives business versatility 45 C JD Equipment adds Volvo electric wheel loader

In the spotlight

53 Rural communities preparing for 3G network shutdown

Trends and data

56 April saw a rise in tractor sales dollar value, TMA’s Gary Northover says


58 WAFarmers CEO Trevor Whittington says country towns need to rethink investment into old buildings to attract skilled workers

63 I ntersales celebrates award win, New Holland expansion 67 G&J East welcomes new dealer-principal

L DV upgrades T60 ute range

Regular items

alendar of upcoming events

ist your item for sale!

formula makes CLR Grease & Oil

an easy workplace solution for oil and grease spills

White knight New basic option takes German manufacturer Mann-filter’s air dryer cartridge line-up to four

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to the latest edition of Farms & Farm Machinery

One of our goals at Farms & Farm Machinery is to cover as many different aspects of Australian agriculture in each edition, highlighting different machinery types, manufacturers, industry issues and farming sectors.

business which invested in a Jetland loading ramp.

Dealerships are also given plenty of attention this month, starting with Australia’s oldest Merlo equipment dealer – Franks Service Centre.

This edition certainly delivers on that goal.

For starters, our cover story on attachments manufacturer Kerfab ticks a lot of b oxes.

It highlights the benefits of local manufacturing in terms of quality products and investment in the industry, while the company’s ability to bring back a pre-COVID-19 lead time promise provides clear evidence of agriculture moving on from the challenges the pandemic caused.

It is a busy month in terms of new tractor releases – with Antonio Carraro introducing a new vineyard-specific model, while distributor Clark Equipment has brought in new utility models for both the McCormick and Bobcat brands.

Plenty of different machinery is also put in the spotlight.

The Kramer telehandler brand, available in Australia through Brandt, is assessed in depth, as is the new Volvo electric wheel loader from CJD Equip ment.

We discuss Case IH’s baler range and learn more about how Bourgault machin ery is helping farmers at seeding time.

Hearing from customers using machin ery is always the type of story we love telling, and in this edition we talk to a farmer using a pair of Hercules machines from Brisbane Mini Excavator Sales, plus a property owner and earthmoving

We catch up with the team at Intersales which is fresh off an award win and an expansion into a new brand, while also speaking to South Australian dealership G&J East Kadina’s new dealer-principal.

While it has been pushed back from its initial June 30 deadline, the 3G network shutdown looms on the horizon and we go into depth about what this will mean for farmers and rural communities.

This magazine is jam-packed with news and features from across the spectrum of farming and our next edition a lso promises to be an exciting one too, with coverage from both FarmFest and Hort Connections.

These two events provide great examples as to the depth of Australian agriculture, highlighting everything from horticulture to broadacre farming, and we look forward to showing readers everything that was on display at both.

Fleet management

Case IH and New Holland have announced an all-in-one web and mobile farm management platform that can be used in remote areas

Case IH and New Holland have launched the FieldOps web and mobile platform, designed to help farmers manage their operations and fleet.

FieldOps brings real-time monitoring, remote in-cab display viewing and a user interface together in one platform, with both companies saying it will simplify farm management.

With real-time monitoring, users have instant access to agronomic data and machine insights such as precise location, duty status, machine parameters, estimated job completion time and 24-hour history.

Users can also monitor their machine health and quickly spot issues through customised notifications.

“FieldOps was developed by farmers, for farmers,” Case IH global brand president Scott Harris says.

“We worked directly with customers, incorporated their feedback, and developed streamlined processes that make sense for them and the way they work. The resulting platform is intuitive and easy-touse from beginning to end.”

Instead of using multiple apps to manage mixed fleets, the platform will allow

Bigger bite

FieldOps will allow farmers to view and monitor machines all in one place. Image: Case IH

farmers to view and monitor their machines all in one place, from their phone or on the web platform.

To include those in remote areas facing connectivity issues, Case IH and New Holland have partnered with satellite communications company Intelsat, ensuring operators can fully utilise FieldOps with reliable internet access – regardless of location.

This collaboration solves a large customer challenge by providing industrial-grade connectivity built for farming, parent company CNH Industrial says.

“Agriculture is changing rapidly, and farmers are increasingly asking us to support them with simple solutions for complex problems,” New Holland brand president Carlo Lambro says.

“Our approach is always putting customers at the centre, and it is our job to help by developing technological products that improve their productivity.”

FieldOps is currently in its final stages of development and testing, with a full release expected later this year.

Bobcat’s expansion into the Australian utility tractor market is good news for farmers wanting the brand’s reliability and features, but with an increased horsepower

Bobcat Australia distributor Clark Equipment has announced two new tractor models, marking a step up to the utility market for local customers.

The two new tractors are the UT6570 and UT6580, both cabin models which offer 66hp and 76hp respectively.

These are now the largest Bobcat tractors available in Australia, with all other existing models in the range fitting into the compact category.

Clark Equipment national product manager Ian Knoke says the local popularity of Bobcat’s existing tractors, plus a market desire for a step up in power, has prompted the expansion.

Knoke says manoeuvrability is one of the UT6570 and UT6580’s standout features, with the comfort levels and ease of use being other major areas of appeal.

“The finish and the manoeuvrability are what makes this tractor stand out,” he says.

“The ergonomics are definitely a drawcard and make this a nicer thing to be to b e sitting in.

“They are power shuttle, which means less wear and tear on your clutches, and

offer a really good warranty.”

Both tractor models offer a four-cylinder engine plus increased 95L fuel tank to give operators more productive time.

Fully synchronised Power Shuttle transmission offers 24 speeds in both forward and reverse, meaning smooth and easy shifting on the move.

A mechanical self-levelling loader with improved cycle times, including a four-in-one bucket, automatically keeps a load level throughout the full range of motion.

A Category II three-point hitch ena bles versatility with both PTO-powered a nd non-powered implements.

Other features of the new tractors in clude a bevel gear front axle, hydraulic 4WD, and external hydraulic cylinders.

Inside the cabin, reduced noise and vibration helps to increase operator comfort, as does a fully adjustable suspension seat, air conditioning and remote joystick.

“If you want a utility tractor that encompasses safety, performance, economy and comfort, these are perfect,” K noke says.

Bobcat has moved into the utility tractor market. Image: Clark Equipment


Hot commodity

Rural property performed strongly last year, continuing to be a resilient and high performing asset class, according to the Elders Rural Property Update

Elders Rural Property Update has found another strong annual gain in the rural property market in 2023, the eighth successive annual rise in the national median, to $8,625 per hectare – up 12 per cent on 2022.

Performing strongly last year, Elders farmland agency and agribusiness investments general manager Mark Barber says property prices have been remarkably resilient.

“This latest rise pushes the five-year compound annual growth rate to 10.1 per cent, a rate that, if sustained, would see property prices double every seven years,” he says.

“In comparison, these returns compare favourably to the top performing Australian

equities and Sydney residential property.”

After facing some challenges through the early part of 2023, including falling commodity prices, rising input costs and poor seasonal outlook – the key drivers turned in favour of rural landholders halfway through the year.

Key commodity prices stabilised, input costs fell, weather conditions improved and the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) took its foot off interest rate increases, Elders’ report says. This combined to lift confidence across the rural sector and lead to price rises in 2023.

The report also found properties up for

The rural property market has had an eighth successive rise in the national median, up 12 per cent on 2022. Image: jamenpercy/

sale decline 13.9 per cent to 5,810, as farmers reacted to a softening in market conditions in the early part of 2023. Total amount of stock offered for sale in 2023 was $12.5 billion, down from $14.4 billion and $14.6 billion in 2022 and 2021 respectively.

While the annual median shows that national property values improved in 2023, quarterly median prices paint a different story with strong improvements through Q3 and Q4 of 2023, after falls during Q2. By year’s end, the quarterly median was tracking above the long-term sales price trend.

“ By the end of 2023 we saw farmers terms of trade start to recover, and seasonal conditions improved despite earlier dire predictions,” Barber says.

The strongest performing states were Western Australia and Victoria where the annual median showed growth of 17.6 per cent and 14.6 per cent respectively.

Growing value

Rabobank’s annual Australian Farmland Price Outlook has predicted prices will continue to grow but at a slower pace

Australian farmland prices are set for further growth in the year ahead – but at a slower pace, according to Rabobank’s annual Australian Farmland Price Outlook.

After three consecutive years of double-digit growth, the agribusiness bank says a gricultural land price increases will slow as farm profitability levels come off record highs. The price outlook is mixed across sector types and geographical regions, Rabobank says.

Rabobank is forecasting an increase of approximately five per cent in median price per hectare of all agricultural land types nationally in the year ahead.

“Land prices will maintain their growth trend, but not for all sectors and regions,” the report says.

While the median price of agricultural land per hectare nationwide grew at a rate of 10.9 per cent in 2023, this was down on the stellar growth rates of 28.6 per cent and 27 per cent seen in 2022 and 2023 respectively.

“Australia’s farming sector experienced an

unprecedented positive cycle from 2020 to early 2023. Record-high commodity prices and plentiful rainfall supported profitability, which boosted farm business equity and confidence in a brighter future,” RaboResearch analyst Vitor Pistoia says.

Outside investors joined this booming sector and turbo-charged competition for land, supported by low interest rates. The land market suddenly had many participants bidding – farmers willing to expand, i nvestors pursuing capital gains and companies looking to invest in the carbon credit sector.”

Farmers leaving the industry used the opportunity to sell land at an increased price, adding to the supply of land available for the increased demand.


While the outlook for key drivers of agricultural land values – including production volumes, commodity prices and farm income – are still promising for 2024-25, the

Farmland prices are expected to continue to increase but at a slower pace, according to Rabobank. Image: Hundley Photography/

upsides are diminishing compared with recent years.

Interest rates remain a burden, with further increases considered likely and no relief in sight.

“Some regions might see a decline in winter crop production on the back of a dry start of the season,” Pistoia says.

“But the chance of a La Niña in the second half of 2024 offers a potential tailwind for cropping operations. Beef production is poised to expand on the back of good rains in large swathes of northern Australia.

“Commodity prices are still slightly above historical averages for a number of sectors, albeit down from record highs seen in recent years. Improved cattle prices and a better market outlook also mean g razing land should partially recover its price growth pace.”

The longer-term outlook for agricultural land prices (2024 to 2029), indicates a further slowing, with a gradual reduction in price growth, as buyers seek out the best-value land.

“The long-term view is crystal clear –farmland is in demand,” Pistoia says.

Although the growth rate in agricultural land prices is slowing, Rabobank does not expect a drop in land values in its forecast.

“A drop in land values would require widespread drought, serious economic hurdles and/or disease outbreak – none of which is on the horizon fortunately,” the report says.

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Enhanced crop

A collaborative study between three institutions has identified genes from wild species of chickpea could dramatically accelerate the crop’s improvement

A study carried out by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), the University of Western Australia (UWA) and Murdoch University (MU), has found wild species could improve the crop.

Chickpea has a small genetic base, researchers say, which limits breeders’ ability to improve traits such as disease resistance, flowering time, and stress tolerance, but the wild species have been found to have greater genetic diversity and variations.

To broaden the legume crop’s diversity, the research team identified 24,827 gene families, in which it says a ‘super-pangenome’ was successfully produced.

UWA says the pangenome was based on the de novo genome assemblies of eight annual Cicer wild species.

“Structural variations between cultivated and wild genomes were used to construct a graph-based genome, revealing variations in genes affecting traits such as flowering time, vernalisa-

Smart Antennas

As the 3G shutdown looms, Wagga-Wagga based Zetifi has released location-aware vehicle antennas to improve phone coverage for Australian farmers

The company says the patent-pending invention is a world-first product and transforms traditional vehicle antennas into active self-optimising devices.

As farmers in rural areas prepare for the shutdown of the Telstra 3G network on August 31, Zetifi says its smart antennas are

to upgrade their cellular boosters and antennas to make them work with 4G and 5G,” Zetifi CEO Dan Winson says.

“From the day we started talking to regional and rural communities about connectivity, the thing we heard most often is they just want their phones to work.

tion and disease resistance,” MU professor and study coordinator Rajeev Varshney says.

“These variations will facilitate the transfer of valuable traits from wild Cicer species into elite chickpea varieties through marker-assisted selection or gene-editing.

“The genomic resources and unique genes presented in distant relatives of modern-day chickpeas in this new study will greatly benefit chickpea breeding and the advancement of the research community in this area in Australia and globally.”

The findings have been published in the journal Nature Genetics, with the institutions saying it offers valuable insights into enhancing chickpea genetic diversity and ideas for improving the crop.

UWA says chickpea has an annual global production of over 17 million tonnes.

Zetifi’s smart vehicle antennas can automatically switch between high and low gain modes. Image: Zetifi

“There are hundreds of thousands of vehicles in Australia with cellular boosters and our smart antennas provide a better experience for people using them.”

With traditional vehicle antennas, Zetifi says drivers can compromise on the performance of antennas in different terrains or deal with the inconvenience of swapping antennas whips as they move from flat to hilly terrain.

The Zetifi smart antennas can adapt to the surrounding terrain by automatically switching between high and low gain modes.

An accompanying phone app that connects to the smart antenna via Bluetooth is u sed to load terrain maps to the antennas onboard processor and also allows users to select between automatic switching or manual selection of high or low gain mode.

Zetifi’s vehicle antennas are the first vehicle antennas engineered with an integrated GPS, reconfigurable antenna element and data processor, the company says.

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Drought fund

The federal government has invested $519 million to help farmers and regional communities prepare for the next drought and build climate resilience

Aiming to help farmers mitigate the impacts of drought, $519.1 million will be invested into the Future Drought Fund over the next eight years, the federal government has announced.

Agriculture minister Murray Watt says that following recommendations from a recent Productivity Commission Inquiry and consultations with stakeholders, the fund be restructured to get better results for farming families and communities.

It will provide better tools for farmers to lean on, more strategies for local communities to prepare for and manage risks through drought and will increase

drought and other climate risks, and helping individuals get leadership training and mentoring,” Watt says.

The funding commitment includes:

• $235 million to extend the Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs, the Future Drought Fund Communities program and the next phase of the Regional Drought Resilience Planning Program.

• $137.4 million to extend and improve the existing Farm Business Resilience

• $120.3 million for programs that trial innovative solutions to build long-term resilience to drought and climate risks.

• E xpansion of the Long-Term Trials Program, roll out of the revised Resilient Landscapes Program, and implementation of a new Innovation Challenges Pilot to drive the uptake of evidence-based, innovative practices, approaches and technologies.

The programs will become available from 1 July 2024.

FAST Forward

Building a second factory has allowed Kerfab to bring back a promise of a seven-day turnaround on its most popular attachments

Attachments manufacturer Kerfab is seeing a tangible benefit from its recent investments in long-term growth – bringing back its signature Attach + Go promise.

Being able to say this with confidence is also a symbolic statement that Kerfab has left the malaise of the COVID-19 era in the past and is charging towards a bright future.

At its essence, Attach + Go is a promise to firstly have an official quote within two hours, free delivery around Australia, and most crucially – attachments dispatched within seven working days of order confirmation.

This is a significant advantage for dealers as it gives the confidence they can access quality Australian-made attachments on short notice for machinery they are selling.

“We’ve found it’s something that dealers really value,” Kerfab’s marketing coordinator Ryan Hoban says.

“Dealers don’t particularly want to be holding too much stock, so it helps them do their job and get back to selling machinery.

“The Attach + Go promise gives them the trust that attachments will arrive and the

job is actually going to get done.

“Dealers don’t want to lose sales and upset their customers by having their machine delayed because of an attachment.

“ If someone’s looking at buying a tractor, it’s a significant investment and they also want to do it for a job on the farm.

“If all of that is getting held up because they’re waiting on an attachment, then that’s a major frustration for everybody.”

Attach + Go applies to the range of products which Kerfab has identified as its most popular and which it says most customers need – bale forks, buckets and pallet forks.

Kerfab’s products are manufactured in the northern Victorian town of Kerang, while the company also has a warehouse and office in Perth to assist with distribution to the nation’s west.

Attach + Go is not a new concept, however even as an experienced local manufacturer, Kerfab was not immune from the supply chain issues and extended lead times caused by COVID-19.

According to Hoban, being able to offer this guarantee again with confidence

is a sign Kerfab has returned to normal operations.

“It’s been one of our main focuses for the last three or four years,” he says.

“Attach + Go was something that our customers loved before COVID and something that we were known for.

“ We were extremely disappointed to have to cancel it during the latter stages of 2020 and ever since then it’s been a key focus for us to get it back to where it once was.

“It’s taken a significant amount of time, effort and research to do that.”

Attach + Go is officially back, but none of this has happened by accident.

Continual growth in demand for its core products led to Kerfab deciding a second factory adjacent to its original facilities in Kerang was necessary.

Opened in 2022, this second factory measures about 2,000sqm and is mostly dedicated to producing the attachments covered by the Attach + Go promise.

Doubling its manufacturing capacity has made a significant difference, while there has also been an investment in

Images: Kerfab.
Kerfab attachments work with a variety of farm machinery

both more staff and new technology in addition to the larger footprint.

Kerfab’s team includes expert design engineers who have worked diligently to refine the production process and helped the manufacturer to, in its words, “step up our game”.

As a result, Kerfab’ s dedicated Attach + Go factory is not just an extra building but a shining example of modern production featuring robots and automated processes.

“We’ve got an automated welding system that’s welding either all of the attachment,

or a large percentage of, which is then completed and quality assuranced (QA) checked by another qualified welder at the end of that process,” Hoban says.

“We’ve got an automated blasting chamber to sandblast everything so it’s ready to paint, and we’ve just installed a new paint facility.

“Things move on a rail system so they can almost float through the factory suspended on rails and then move through each stage.

“Products go into the blast chamber, then

into the paint and then into the oven which heats it up and allows the paint to dry and cure a lot quicker, so we can then get it out to the customers as soon as possible.

“We’ve also added more people and nobody has been let go because of this. The automation is just to help us keep up more than anything - we’re definitely not replacing anybody.”

All of this speaks to a company on a rapid growth trajectory and with a clear eye on the future.

It also comes after Kerfab celebrated 30 years in business last year, meaning customers can purchase attachments with the knowledge they are from a local manufacturer with a long history.

Kerfab’s attachments are designed to suit the types of machinery most commonly used by Australian farmers – tractors, telehandlers and front-end loaders.

If one individual product could be described as Kerfab’s bread and butter, and summed up its overall growth, it would be bale forks.

Kerfab’s round bale fork can be used to either pierce a round bale on the flat side, or have the tines slide underneath the bale for support.

In either case, the hay is securely held to ensure the bale is kept firmly in place and will not rotate when being stacked or carried.

Kerfab also produces a tractor hay fork as part of its Attach + Go offering.

Also usable with larger front-end loaders,

Investing in robots has helped Kerfab boost its new factory
Kerfab has an expert team of local engineers

it is capable of handling individual and multiple hay bales, regardless of whether they are round or square.

The standard size tractor hay fork features an adjustable back frame with a range of heights from 1.5m to 2.5m, plus the option of three, four or five tines.

Kerfab’s larger model can lift up to two ad ditional bales and has a back frame height of up to 3m.

Customers needing a pallet fork for either a loader or telehandler are also looked after thanks to Kerfab’s Attach + Go promise, as are those needing four-in-one buckets for both machines.

This variety of products, which can be turned around in seven days, has expand ed since Attach + Go was first offered.

It has been carefully curated to reflect what Kerfab’s customers need most, but Hoban says there is scope to expand this even further.

“We have the capacity now to look to expand Attach + Go into the future into other attachments,” he says.

“We are looking at doing this – nothing

reflecting the benefits of investing heavily into local manufacturing, quality control and production processes to create a system which they know works.

“Customers are getting that Kerfab

been doing for 30 years.”

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Radio star

For hearing impaired farmer Steve Rhode, GME’s XRS-BT1 radio accessory uses Bluetooth to connect his UHF CB radio directly to his hearing aids

GME’s XRS-BT1 interface module has been crucial for hearing-impaired farmer Steve Rhode, allowing him to connect h is hearing aids to his UHF CB radio.

With only a small portion of the Australian landmass covered by mobile phone reception, Rhode has relied heavily on his UHF CB radio to stay

cate with my family, neighbours and others at work on the farm,” he says.

“Because of my hearing loss I can’t always hear the UHF radio which stressed me, as I was missing crucial lifesaving information, and you can’t run an operation the size of mine without being able to communicate clearly

Handle with care

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association is preparing to develop and maintain an on-road animal welfare accreditation program for workers and companies in Australia’s livestock supply chain

TruckSafe has stopped offering its Animal Welfare accreditation module for livestock transport operators, announcing it will ‘work with the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) to develop a new system.

All expiring or expired accreditations will be extended to 30 June 2025, the ALRTA says, as the development of a new Animal Welfare Accreditation Scheme continues.

It comes after several months of consultation, with the parties agreeing that ALRTA is best placed to manage and maintain on-road animal welfare accreditation

for those participating in the livestock supply chain in Australia.

Writing an emailed newsletter released in late May, ALRTA executive director Rachel Smith said key decisions around its scheme development partners, content, design and objectives were still to be made by invovled groups.

“To provide clarity on where we are at with the scheme, we are very much in the early stages of scoping and discovery, which is why existing accreditation certificates were extended until 30 June 2025,” she wrote.

GME’s XRS-BT1 radio accessory improves safety and accessibility by incorporating Bluetooth connectivity from his hearing aids into a UHF CB radio. Image: GME

allowing users who are hearing impaired to discern radio transmissions without any interference.

For those struggling with hearing impairments, sometimes it can be difficult to hear the radio, meaning important information can be missed, but the XRSBT1 presents new possibilities.

“The XRS-BT1 module has opened a world of possibilities that I didn’t think was going to be possible with my hearing loss,” Rhode says.

“Not only does it give me peace of mind with my young family but I can now communicate easily with contractors without having to physically drive t hrough paddocks to their locations.

“This is something I have not been able to use the UHF for in the past and is a real game changer for me and my business.”

According to a report by the Australian Parliament on the extent and cause of hearing loss impairment in Australia, 65 per cent of Australian farmers suffer from hearing loss due to long-term exposure to harmful noise levels

ALRTA is best placed to manage and maintain on-road animal welfare accreditation for those participating in the livestock supply chain in Australia. Image: FiledIMAGE/

“ALRTA secretariat and a subcommittee, under the guidance of National Council, expect to be able to develop and deliver a program within the next 12 months to fill this growing need identified by members.”

Alongside the TruckSafe board, ALRTA’s Driver and Animal Welfare Committee (DAWC) will also work with insurer N TI (CoR Safe) in the review, design and relaunch of a program that aims to help consigners, transporters and consignees meet their driver and animal welfare obligations.

TruckSafe board chair Paul Fellows says the move will be a good one for both groups.

“Trucksafe has always been owned by industry for industry and the TruckSafe Board are delighted to see our Animal Welfare Module return home to ALRTA and the livestock industry,” he says.

Over the coming months ALRTA and NTI will work with supply chain participants, animal welfare groups, regulators a nd operators to ensure best practice is embedded into the accreditation process, the groups say.

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Budget allocation

Despite the federal budget allocating $789 million to the agricultural industry, the National Farmers Federation has been left frustrated with the government’s position on live sheep exports

The Australian government’s federal budget will provide $789 million to the agricultural industry, over eight years.

“This budget helps farmers and producers protect against the impacts of climate change and drought, build more resilience for the sector and maintain Australia’s trusted position in the global trade market,” a federal government spokesperson said in an announcement.

A record $519.1 million will go towards helping regional and rural communities prepare for the next drought and manage climate risk through the Future Drought Fund.

$63.8 million has been invested into the Agriculture and Land Sector Decarbonisation Plan, ensuring agriculture and land sectors are able to reduce emissions and transition to net zero by 2050.

Other budget measures include:

• $13.9 million to ensure the government maintains its readiness for drought.

• $1.9 million for National Farm Safety Week, the continuation of the AgCareerStart program and a new skilled agricultural work liaison program.

• $ 3.4 million to implement the govern-

ment’s plan for forestry, A Future Grown in Australia: A Better Plan for Forestry and Forestry Products.

Live export ban

The announcement of Australia’s live sheep export trade by sea ending on May 1 2028 came as a shock to many farmers around the country, with the National Farmers Federation (NFF) expressing its disappointment.

“The appalling decision to ban live sheep exports from 2028 is just the latest example of the government’s refusal to support our industry, even when facts and science are on our side,” NFF president David Jochinke says.

NFF says the decision ignores industry advice that such a rapid timeline would be a disaster for farming communities, animal welfare and Australia’s global trading partnerships.

To try an alleviate the pressures put on the industry due to this decision, the federal government will invest $107 million to help transition away from live exports.

As part of this investment, $64.6 million will go to assisting sheep producers and

$107 million will be invested to help transition farmers away from live exports. tutye/

the supply chain, particularly in Western Australia, to capitalise on existing and emerging opportunities so that they are well positioned when the trade ends.

$27 million will be invested to enhance demand within Australia and internationally for sheep products to maintain and develop market opportunities.

To continue to improve sheep welfare standards, $2.6 million will be provided so that they are practical and meet community expectations.

Another $1.7 million will also go towards appointing a transition advocate, who will facilitate two-way communication between industry and government. The federal government says they will provide information to industry about the transition plan and support and provide advice to government on how the transition is progressing.

Lastly, the live export package will provide $11.1 million to implement the phase out, including a stocktake of transition progress in 2026–27 and to facilitate ongoing engagement with industry, communities, trading partners and other stakeholders.

Award-winning women

Tuna, threads, wool, workers and healthcare are the focuses of nominees for the 2024 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award

AgriFutures Australia has named seven women from each state and territory as national finalists for the 2024 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award.

The selection process saw more than 100 women apply, with the seven national finalists recognised for their contribution to Australia’s rural, regional and remote industries, businesses and communities.

Each of the seven female leaders will receive a $15,000 Westpac grant to help boost, expand or elevate their work.

The award finalists are:

Rebecca Keeley – New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory

Keeley is the founder of Yarn, a digital platform bridging geographic barriers and waitlists in rural healthcare, offering evidence-based programs for children’s communications.

Keeley aims to use her Westpac grant to spread Yarn’s services across remote Australia, empowering both clinicians and families.

Tanya Egerton – Northern Territory

Egerton’s Remote Opshop Project aids First Nations communities in remote northern Australia by establishing community owned opshops. They offer affordable goods, business training and funding for cultural projects. Egerton plants to use the grant to form a First Nations Leadership Council, crafting decision-making frameworks that will prioritise community needs.

Kate Lamason – Queensland

After learning that 99 per cent of tuna consumption in Australia comes from imported sources, Lamason co-founded Australia’s first 100 per cent owned and made preserved tuna – Little Tuna.

Based in Cairns, she plans to use the grant to further develop her awardwinning product, advocate for the Australian tuna industry and educate consumers on sustainable fishing.

Nikki Atkinson – South Australia

Atkinson is the founder of Horrocks Vale Collections, creating Merino wool wedding dresses and formal attire.

With her grant, Atkinson plans to elevate Merino wool’s profile in the fashion and wedding industries.

Belle Binder – Tasmania

Binder’s Farm Work Loop project provides Tasmanian producers with consistent, productive and highquality farm workers.

With support from her grant, Binder aims to expand the Farm Work Loop all over Australia.

Grace Larson – Victoria

Larson and her sister launched the Sisterhood Project, which tackles rural children’s health disparities. It provides life-saving skills to rural Australian parents, offering free first aid, CPR and illness prevention education.

Larson plans to use her grant to save more rural lives through education.

Mandy Walker – Western Australia

Walker is the co-manager of Walkers Diesel Services, specialising in heavy-duty diesel repairs and engineering services. Her focus is on helping others with her collaborative business model – mitigating agricultural seasonality risks by integrating into the defence industry supply chain. With her grant, Walker plans to teach more Wheatbelt enterprises how to secure longterm economic diversity and resilience.

AgriFutures Australia managing director John Harvey says the award provides forward-thinking rural, regional and remote leaders with the support and leadership skills to pursue projects that make a difference.

“These awards are not just a game changer for the recipients, they allow them to continue driving change so that entire communities and industries reap those rewards for generations to come,” he says.

The national winner and runner up will be announced on August 20 at Parliament House in Canberra, with the winner receiving an additional $20,000 and the runner up receiving an extra $15,000.

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2024 Rural Women’s Award South Australia state winner, Nikki Atkinson. Image: AgriFutures

Tech savvy

$1 million has been invested into a current Victorian AgTech program for startups looking to build their business

The Victorian government has pledged an additional $1 million towards its AgTech Grant program, that will see up to $50,000 each invested into eligible startups looking to build their business capability.

Since 2023, the program has awarded grants to 19 startups providing services in supply chain efficiency, farming automation, soil sensing intelligence and p ollination management systems.

tor, and we are providing crucial support i n their early critical stages,” agriculture minister Ros Spence says.

Delivered in partnership with the state’s startup agency, LaunchVic, the grant provides founders with mentoring services from startup experts, to help build their businesses.

The additional $1 million invest-

LaunchVic CEO Kate Cornick says Victoria’s AgTech sector has been experiencing major growth in the last couple of the years, with LaunchVic supporting a large number of new companies.

“Since 2020, the number of idea-toearly-stage AgTech startups has more

The Victorian government says it is the first commercially available, user-friendly, AI driven, automated flight-app for livestock monitoring.

Applications are currently open and will remain open until June 30 2024. To read more about past recipients and to apply for new grants visit

in Lono’s local trials was Costa Avocados, which had run trials across multiple sites on Australia’s eastern seaboard across the past 12 months.

Smart solution

Extensive Australian trials of a new fertiliser have made growers confident it could become an affordable and sustainable alternative to nitrogen

Trialled by Australian farmers and agronomists over the past two years, a new fertiliser called Lono has seen improved yield and soil quality plus a reduction in pollution, according to those involved.

Lono distributor ProdOz collaborated with producers and industry agencies to conduct the trials, which it says has revealed success in Lono’s ability to be a nitrogen replacement.

“Farmers adopting Lono in Australia are witnessing the benefits for themselves,” ProdOz crop science technologist Zenon Kynigos says.

“Enhanced nitrogen stability and availability translates to improvements in crop health, vigour and yield, offering tangible economic benefits and reducing the environmental footprint of farming operations.

“Lono has a strategic focus on reproductive growth, directing plant development towards flowers, fruits, and roots.”

Lono holds nitrogen in the amine form, Kynigos adds, which offers benefits beyond conventional nitrogen fertilisers.

Kynigos says traditional fertilisers predominantly deliver nitrogen in the nitrate form, which he says leads to excess vegetative growth at the expense of fruit development.

“Lono addresses this by providing stabilised amine nitrogen, promoting bushier growth, enhanced root branching, and increased flower and fruit production through naturally elevated cytokinin hormone levels,” he says.

“Lono changes where a plant allocates growth – known as ‘growth partitioning’.”

One of the farming companies involved

Aerial operations

A fixed-location drone solution is set to make drone-use quicker and easier for Australian farmers

innovation for Australian farmers – the HubT fixed-location drone solution.

HubT makes it easier for farmers to use drones from a fixed location without the complicated set up that was previously required, the company says.

It is designed to be easy to use and versatile, helping farmers advance their

“Our goal with HubT is to make using drones simpler and faster for farmers and businesses, especially when they are operating beyond their immediate line of sight,” Sphere Drones CEO Paris Cockinos says.

“This new product comes ready to install, removing the hurdles that used to

The group’s national agronomist Craig Boyce says Lono has the potential to account for between 15 and 20 per cent of its nitrogen program.

“There’s very good science behind it and it caters for a need other people haven’t thought about,” he says.

“It’s a specialist tool with very specific timing and for a very specific reason which, for us, is when we have a nitrogen versus yield conflict in our crop.

“We’ve seen improved yield and nitrate levels, and it will, no doubt, remain part of our nitrogen program.”

Another successful trialist was Western Australia’s Galati Group, which used Lono on six vegetable sites over two years and encountered positive results in potato, onion, carrot, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumber, eggplant and capsicum crops.

“Our results have been very encouraging,” co-principal Vince Galati says.

“We’ve minimised our nitrogen inputs, the crop health has been enhanced and we’ve had better quality and yield and good healthy plant growth that is manageable,” he says.

“The trials have been extended to all vegetable sites and Lono is part of our R&D strategy to use less fertiliser.”

complicate fixed-location drone use.”

Adaptable to many different locations, Sphere Drones says HubT can be installed quickly next to existing locations and improves operational efficiency by automating repetitive tasks, supporting multiple drones and helping farmers save money.

The HubT solution comes with an automated drone that starts and operates on its own and has a variety of sensors used for capturing environmental data.

When set up in a fixed location, HubT also provides continuous power supply.

“Sphere Drones’s solutions provide the game-changing benefits of drone technology to farmers and other types of businesses, saving them costs and optimising their operations,” Cockinos says.

Sphere Drones says a recent study by the federal government found that increasing drone usage could save Australian businesses up to $10 billion over the next 20 years, with the agricultural industry expected to benefit.

Galati Group co-principal Vince Galati and Zenon Kynigos inspect Lono results at Galati farms in Western Australia. Image: ProdOz.
HubT is adaptable to many different locations. Image: Sphere Drones

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Mid max

Two general-purpose tractors that meet the needs of a wide demographic, bearing the trusted McCormick brand name, has local distributor Clark Equipment confident about its newest addition

McCormick’s local tractor range has grown, thanks to the arrival of two new general-purpose models at distributor Clark Equipment.

The B-Max 85 and 110 models are designed to be uncomplicated but versatile t ractors that suit the needs of general duties farmers.

Aside from the power, which is 102hp on the B-Max 110 compared to 84hp on the B-Max 85, a significant point of difference between the models is that the larger tractor offers a fully enclosed cabin compared to a ROPS on the smaller B-Max 85.

While their desired horsepower and preference for a cabin may dictate which of the two models an individual might favour, Clark Equipment’s national product manager David Knoke believes both models have plenty of appeal for customers looking at this section of the market.

“The B-Max is a new model added to the range which suits general duties farming,” he says.

“It is ideal for somebody that’s wanting

to do slashing, mulching, rotary hoeing and loader work.

“These tractors are particularly good in steep country because they have a longer wheelbase, with four-wheel diff lock and four-wheel braking.”

McCormick’s B-Max is a completely European-built tractor powered by an English-made 4.4L Perkins engine.

Strength and ruggedness are important design characteristics, Knoke says, with the B-Max being physically wider and offering a longer wheelbase than smaller tractors.

“These models are strong and will outlift and outpull those lighter tractors,” Knoke says.

“They are fairly rugged as well, so we also see them as an ideal tractor for a fencing contractor.”

While the tractors are still new to the Australian market, one customer who has already got her hands on a B-Max 85 is Meg Gossert from Fernbank Farm Weddings.

Based on the central coast of New South Wales, Gossert bought the tractor

after a recommendation from a “very knowledgeable” friend.

Her early endorsement is nothing but positive for both the tractor itself, and the customer service from Clark Equipment.

“It’s just a very simple, uncomplicated piece of machinery,” Gossert says.

“It’s very easy to get to the grease points and very easy to clean the filters.”

Gossert says she and her family will mostly be using the tractor for general farm work and slashing along their acreage in the Yarramalong Valley.

“ The four in one bucket is going to be very handy when we cut trees down to do firewood, lift rocks, clean drains and all the general things you have to do on the farm,” she says.

“It’s just a great machine and Clark Equipment were great as well – they were very attentive, very informative in terms of letting me know what was going on and excellent people to deal with.”

Both tractors offer a three-tonne lift capacity, with the option of adding twin assistor rams to push this capacity beyond 4.5 tonnes.

McCormick’s B-Max 85 tractor
Images: Clark Equipment

The independent PTO has two speeds, plus Ground Speed PTO as standard.

For operators, a reverse power shuttle control lever and a new dashboard has been introduced for both the B-Max 85 ROPS and B-Max 110 cabin.

Additional improvements inside the B-110 cabin include excellent soundproofing and suspended brake and clutch pedals that reduce the amount of dirt and vibrations entering the cabin.

The 80-110hp tractor segment is a compet itive one, even just within Clark Equip ment’s range, but Knoke says customers seeking this horsepower should look to the McCormick B-Max 85 and 110.

“We’ve covered this segment to meet the demand for a general duties tractor with strength and stability,” Knoke says.

“For somebody that’s wanting to lift heavy loads or plough a paddock, then the McCor mick is going to be the tractor that would be best suited for it.”

The B-Max 110, right, is the larger tractor and has a cabin
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Yard duty

The newest tractor in Antonio Carraro’s stable is designed to be the perfect model for high-end vineyard needs

Antonio Carraro has combined the unique features which have made its tractors stand out into one vineyard-focused model – the Tony V.

While its existing range of tractors all suit the specific requirements of horticulture in different ways, the Tony V takes it to a new level.

The V in its model name represents ‘vigneron’, a French word meaning someone who grows grapes and makes their own wine.

“This is specifically for vineyards and the tractor was designed for the Champagne region (of France),” Antonio Carraro Australia national sales manager Marco Corra says.

While the V represents vigneron, it could also represent versatility, given the range of possibilities the tractor offers.

One of the Tony V’s standout features is the three implement hitching areas on the front, rear and middle of the tractor.

Special attention has been given to defining new spaces along the sides for easy installation of mid-mounted implements,

which opens additional possibilities for working in vineyards.

“This is handy when you want to do cultivation just under the base of the trees, because instead of only having an attachment behind you, you can have another attachment on the belly plate and the visibility there is fantastic,” Corra says.

The tractor also offers the same number of hydraulic remotes and couplings in the centre, Corra adds, meaning mid-mounted attachments can be plugged directly in there rather than needing to run hoses to the back.

This is just one example of how Antonio Carraro’s tractor design aims to maximise

Antonio Carraro’s Tony V tractor
Images: Antonio Carraro
Tony V is a specialist tractor for vineyard work

every single centimetre of space, something which is crucial in the tight confines of a vineyard.

Another example is how the three implement mounting points allow for multiple jobs to be completed at the same time, increasing the tractor’s efficiency.

“This means you can cut the grass with an attachment at the back and use a cultivator at the same time to break down the soil near the base of the trees,” Corra says.

“You can oxygenate the roots and work the soil near the base while you’re cutting the grass.

“There are also couplings at the front, so if you want to put another implement at the front you can also do that.”

Tony V is a tractor designed to work in the narrowest of spaces, while still providing the power necessary to handle work with various implements.

In terms of power, Tony V offers a four-cylinder, 2.9L Deutz engine – with the 8700 V offering 75hp and the larger 11700 V providing 110hp.

The ability to handle attachments has been carefully considered, with Tony V offering a dedicated power transmission for

The tractor is designed for the unique needs of vineyards
Tony 8700 V is one of two models in the range

the hydraulic pumps, along with variable displacement, which helps the tractor reach high flow rates with the engine at low speed.

A 35L hydraulic oil tank is separate to the gearbox and used exclusively for the hydraulic couplers, helping when multiple attachments are connected.

T here are five different working modes, including the ability to crawl at a minimum speed of just 20 metres per hour.

L ike other Antonio Carraro tractors, the design principle is to develop a tractor that can fit where other tractors cannot.

Depending on the tyres chosen, Tony V’s external width starts at just 998mm –which Antonio Carraro says makes it the most compact tractor with a conventional chassis and hydrostatic transmission currently available on the market.

“It is also much easier to drive and has an infinite range of speed, because being hydrostatic it has no gears,” Corra says.

Tony V offers one of the highest hydraulic flows in Antonio Carraro’s tractor range, while operators can enjoy the comfort of a fully enclosed cabin.


Plough, mulch and achieve your ideal soil bed with independent discs, tines and packers

Plough, mulch and achieve an ideal soil bed with independent discs, tines and packers

It provides an ideal balance of the power and features expected on larger tractors, without compromising on the nuances and features required for narrow vineyard work.

A t ight turning circle and low centre of gravity make Tony V an efficient and stable tractor when operating in uneven terrain.

The enclosed cabin has 360-degree visibility, including central and lower glazing that offers full visibility of mid-mounted implements, helping operators work w ith certainty and confidence.

A 2,700kg lift capacity means farmers can easily attach whichever vineyard implements they need for daily operation.

Feedback from European users has been positive since its launch, Corra adds, with the Tony V now on its way to Australia.

Extra range

The Tony V complements Antonio Carraro’s existing horticulture models, including its popular TGF 8900 R.

One of this tractor’s standout points is

the fact it offers a fully pressurised cabin despite its overall height of just 1.74m.

The TGF comes in 90hp and 110hp models with a maximum 50L/minute constant flow.

“It also has the lowest pressurised cabin in the market, with a minimum height of 1.74m,” Corra says.

The low height makes this tractor ideal for working around obstacles such as overhanging branches or crop netting, ensuring operators can safely navigate the industry’s unique challenges.

Smaller front wheels help to create a tight turning radius and make manoeuvring easy, even when working in narrow or sloping crops.

The tractor is also fitted with e-Drive transmission to make changes of direction easy, particularly while using an implement, and offers many other features i ncluding an Eco-mode to improve the gearbox’s functionality.

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Safe hands

New South Wales dealer Franks Service Centre has a passion for Merlo telehandlers built around two decades of experience

The level of Merlo experience at Franks Service Centre speaks volumes about the dealership’s credibility in the market and the assuredness its customers should have.

It is the longest serving Merlo dealer in Australia, with its relationships with the Italian brand dating back to 2004 – even before Merlo Australia was incorporated.

The subsequent existence of Merlo Australia has allowed the manufacturer’s products – which include agriculture-spe -

cific telehandlers such as the Turbofarmer, along with the Multifarmer telehandler-tractor combination – to grow their footprint by being sold through a nationwide dealer network.

Franks Service Centre founder Frank Trefilo recognised the benefits of Merlo machinery early, importing them to bolster the business he runs alongside his son Anthony.

Based in the New South Wales town of

The Turbofarmer is a versatile telehandler for farmers

Griffith, the business’ full name is Franks Centre Forklifts in recognition of its presence in material handling alongside agricultural products.

Merlo experience within the Franks Service Centre team extends beyond just the Trefilo family.

The dealership’s Merlo product specialist is Matteo Scappucci, who has also spent the last 20 years around the manufacturer’s machinery.

Matteo worked in the Merlo factory in Italy for five years, before moving to Western Australia to work for Merlo Australia, a role where he spent about seven years.

A move to Franks Service Centre then followed, putting Matteo in a strong position to speak with authority about Merlo machinery having experienced it from all facets.

“ We all believe in the product so much,” he says.

“When you give a Merlo to a customer, the feedback is very positive and that’s why we only have Merlo telehandlers in our rental fleet.

“They are just so easy to operate compared to other telehandlers on the market a nd we also find them easy to service and maintain.”

The most common types of farming within Franks Service Centre’s Riverina catchment area are fruits and nuts, along with cotton.

As a result, Matteo says Merlo’s Turbo -

Merlo’s Turbofarmer is popular with FSC customers
Images: Franks Service Centre

farmer 35.7 and 42.7 are the most popular telehandlers with Franks Service Centre’s customer base.

The Turbofarmer 35.7 offers a 3,500kg maximum lift capacity, 6.5m maximum lift height and 3.5m maximum reach.

These numbers jump to a 4,000kg maximum lift capacity, 7m maximum lift height a nd 3.8m maximum reach on the 42.7 model, which also weighs one tonne more than the 35.7.

Comfort, efficiency, performance and safety are the four key pillars around which Merlo designs all its telehandlers.

There are several specific features and areas which Matteo believes customers are most drawn to.

Some of these are closely related to the industries which Franks Service Centre sells to, with others being applicable to all agricultural telehandler buyers.

“Almond farming is very big in this area and it’s becoming bigger, so we are putting more machines into that industry,” Matteo says.

“There are some good low-profile

Turbofarmer machines that we put out for almonds and other nut farmers where the machines need to be low to go under the branches.

“Merlo’s hydrostatic transmission is definitely something that stands out from other telehandlers.

“Every customer that tries one doesn’t want to go back to any power shifts or any telehandler with different transmissions.

“Customers love the visibility around the machines and the steering circle - they turn into a very narrow circle which is probably the best in the industry.

“The new cabin is much wider, so comfort is crucial.

“In general, the power and performance of the Merlo machines is what makes the customer happy and makes them returning customers.”

Telehandlers have been growing in popularity on Australian farms thanks to their versatility and range of jobs which they make easier.

Matteo believes a farmer will never look back once they invest in a Merlo telehandler.

“Once you get your first telehandler into your farm, you will never stay without one,” he says.

“Whenever a customer brings his machine in for service, five minutes later he starts ringing that he wants the machine back because they’re really feeling lost without it.

“It’s like your third arm, you really feel like when you don’t have it, you really miss it.

“It’s not only doing the big farm jobs. Even it’s just moving a pot with plants in front of the house - once a farmer is used to having a telehandler around, it’s hard to be without.”

Merlo’s head office is located at 120-124 Toongabbie Road in the Sydney suburb of Girraween and its product range can be viewed at

Franks Service Centre is at 186 Wakaden Street in Griffith, New South Wales and online at

Cotton farming is important in FSC’s catchment area

Stellar strength

Kramer telehandlers are backed by a long history, quality German engineering and a list of standard features

Kramer telehandlers are serious workhorses specifically designed for the agriculture industry.

Manufactured in Germany and distributed locally by Brandt, they have been designed to be reliable and solid for all farming needs while including a wide range of impressive features as standard.

Kramer’s presence in Australia may only date back about four years, but the company itself – which started by making tractors exclusively - is due to celebrate its century next year.

Five models are imported by Brandt

into Australia – the KT144, KT276, KT307, KT407 and KT457.

The first two numbers of Kramer’s models represent the unit’s lift capacity with the third number representing its reach.

This means Kramer customers in Australia have a choice of between 1.4 tonne and 4.5 tonne maximum lifts with reaches between 4m and 7m.

It is not simply a case of defining their value by the lift capacity and reach though, as Kramer aims to make its telehandlers stand out through the depth of features which are offered as standard.

“The specifications mean even our base models offer some of the highest features on the market,” Brandt’s Director of Shortline Nick Clements says.

“Every telehandler we bring in comes with a central lubing system, so you don’t have to grease the machine.

“That’s an ease for the farmer not having to worry about the machines getting greased, because they are maintained by a central system.

“Reversing cameras are brought in as standard along with the under-body bash plating, so the machine is protected

Images: Brandt
Kramer’s KT276 is one of five models imported into Australia


Kramer telehandlers are manufactured in Germany and renowned for their strength

from underneath for working on rough conditions.

“It also comes with three years of telematics included, so the grower can get live diagnostics free of charge 365 days of the year.”

By offering telehandlers from 1.4 tonne to 4.5 tonne capacities, Kramer can appeal to a wide section of the market.

The smallest telehandlers have found a niche among construction and event hire companies, Clements says, with the midsize telehandlers being popular with dairy farms for use in sheds and cleaning out muck.

Hay contractors are a target market for the largest of Kramer’s local telehandlers.

One farmer who has purchased the second largest model is South Australia’s Sam Shinkle.

Based near the Victorian border, the grain, sheep and cattle farmer bought his KT407 from Brandt’s Naracoorte branch.

Shinkle is using the telehandler for hay handling, loader work such as moving pallets and some small construction work around the farm.

“I got recommended the Kramer telehandler. I looked at a couple of others

and it seemed like this one was a better machine,” he says.

“They brought it out for a demo, and I enjoyed the machine - I just like how it worked.

“Anyone else that has driven it has commented how much they like it as well, specifically like truck drivers that load their own hay.

“They like everything about it, but they often comment how smooth and quiet it is, particularly the transmission being smooth.”

He also praises the “excellent” service from Brandt Naracoorte salesman Jamie Atkinson and says he would “absolutely” purchase machinery from Brandt again in the future.

The telehandler’s smoothness and quietness are other areas which Shinkle highlights as being standouts on the KT407.

All Kramer telehandlers are driven by an electronically controlled hydrostatic gearbox, combining comfort and power in one transmission.

This means they can accelerate from a standstill to 40km/h without shifting, bringing the benefits of reduced fuel

usage while increasing the smoothness, which Shinkle highlights.

Across the board, there are also different transmission versions available for individual models.

All-wheel, front-wheel, crab and manual crab steering modes are all included as standard to help operators work in any conditions, while its compact dimensions help to reduce the turning radius.

Kramer telehandlers have three functional modes – bucket, stacking and manual – which can all be controlled through the ergonomic joystick.

The Smart Handling overload protection system keeps everything under control in any situation.

Its intelligent driver assistance system prevents loads from reaching the overload area and eliminates the chance of the machine overturning, while it handles many routine tasks, such as extension and retraction of the telescopic arm, allowing the operator to focus on the job.

Inside the cabin, Kramer’s KT307 and KT407 come with the option of 2.3m cabin height or increased 2.5m height for greater visibility.

Intelligence, comfort and power have all

been focal points of Kramer’s telehandler design, while Clements also highlights their robust nature.

“The machines get larger as the horsepower gets larger, the chassis frame beefs up and the functionality and accessories increase as well,” he says.

“The ruggedness of the machine’s hitch is another of the standout features.”

The torsionally stiff heavy-duty frame can safely accommodate the high payloads of the machine, thanks to its closed design and large material thicknesses.

“Kramer might have only been launched in Australia in the last four years, but customers can feel confident in the longevity and history with how long the brand has been around for,” Kramer says.

“They are getting the backing of a wellmade German product with some of the highest features on the market.”

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Hercules Heroes

A Hercules machinery duo from Brisbane Mini Excavator Sales is proving critical for a Queensland cattle farmer’s operations

Operating a 240,000-acre (97,124 hectare) cattle property in rural Queensland is no easy feat.

It’s why Brian Corbett has called upon the help of two heavy machines from Brisbane Mini Excavator Sales (BMES) to support his day-to-day work.

Situated between the towns of Clermont and Charters Towers, Corbett’s property encompasses 200km worth of fence line. His property is big – being 42km long in a straight line and 35km at its widest point.

“In a car, it can take about two hours to drive around our property,” the cattle farmer says.

Having never owned a wheel loader before, he found that some of his dams and water holes needed to be cleaned out – leading to the purchase of the Hercules HD668D loader from BMES.

Hercules machinery

A hydraulic quick hitch is provided with the loader, allowing attachments to easily be connected and disconnected. To complement the machine, Corbett

has acquired a 6m stick rake attachment to create fence lines as well as clearing vegetation and scrub.

Boasting a 245hp (182.7kW) Caterpillar nominated engine, and with a 21-tonne operating weight, six tonne rated load and a 4.2 cubic metre bucket capacity, Corbett has been using the loader day-to-day for two years.

So impressed with its performance, it led to his procurement of a Hercules HG140 grader from BMES – only 12 months after the initial loader purchase.

“I was really happy with the loader, so I decided to go with the Hercules grader because we were comfortable with the brand and the price was competitive,” he says.

“I needed to upgrade my original grader, so I spoke to another farmer based in Taroom, who happened to have his own Hercules HG140 grader.”

Speaking positively about the machine, that Taroom-based farmer helped reinforce Corbett’s decision to choose this specific grader.

Corbett says Hercules are made at a top assembly line in China, built by a trusted OEM that has a long history. With his property located 225km from his nearest town and service centre, Corbett says another reason for choosing the Hercules brand was because of the minimal chance of breakdowns.

“The Hercules machines have more hydraulic and manual controls rather than electrics, which is perfect for me because electrics don’t work well with dust and dirt in the bush, and can lead to breakdowns,” he says.

Weighing 18 tonnes and encompassing a 180hp (132.4kW) Caterpillar nominated engine, the HG140 comes with a 14-foot blade (4.3m), a front blade and hydraulic rear rippers.

“I’ve got internal and boundary fences, so I’m grading fence lines and roads all the time with this machine,” Corbett says.

“The 14-foot blade pushes a full blade of dirt easily whilst in second gear.”

With a roomy cabin and a 1.9m height, the grader provides loads of comfort for

The Hercules HD668D wheel loader and Hercules HG140 grader have been supporting Brian Corbett on his cattle property. Image: Brian Corbett

Corbett when performing work on his property. To enhance safety, the HG140 also comes with 360-degree bush guards as standard, providing extra protection for him when sitting in the cabin.

First class service

Having had a good run with both Hercules machines, Corbett has been grateful for the service from BMES and its relationship with customers.

“I’ve been very happy with the way the team has treated me,” he says.

A perfect example of BMES’ first-class service is when Corbett needed a small part for his loader, with sales executive Steven Ragenovich offering to fly someone up to the cattle property to install it.

“I said ‘no don’t do that, it’s only a small part and a five-minute job for me’,” Corbett says.

It’s just one of the reasons the Queensland cattle farmer has been so impressed with the service from BMES and its will-

Corbett says he has his eye on a specific machine.

“BMES have got a Hercules dozer that I’m

For more information on the Hercules HD668D wheel loader and the HG140 grader, head to

Corbett’s 6m stick rake attachment has been used to create fence lines as well as clearing vegetation and scrub. Image: Brian Corbett
The Hercules HG140 grader comes with a 14-foot blade (4,267mm), a front blade and hydraulic rear rippers. Image: BMES

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It took everything the manufacturer had learned from its “well proven” RB5 Series and beefed it up – offering larger bale sizes and more durable components.

This is music to the ears of both contractors and owner-operators with high bale counts, allowing them to get the job done quicker and with reduced risk of downtime.

Case IH’s baler product specialist Ross Aylwin says the RB5 Series baler is a good product that is well proven in the marketplace.

“The RB6 Series is that next level, improving the capacity slightly while

maintaining bale density but moreover improving baler durability,” he says.

“All the wearing components that are typical of a baler are effectively beefed up and more durable components means less in-season maintenance.

“It is obviously a premium machine, and you are getting 20 per cent more metal in the baler too, compared to the RB5 ,in a reas such as heavier drivelines, double drive rollers and heavier structure in the way it’s built.”

The RB6 Series is available in two models – the RB456 and RB466.

T hese variable chamber round balers produce bales of up to 165cm and 190cm respectively, both of which are larger than the equivalent sizes the RB5 models can produce.

Both the RB456 and RB466 are available as a rotor feed or 25-knife rotor cut version.

Basing the new balers on existing Case IH models naturally gives the manufacturer an ideal head start, while “countless hours” of testing across regions including Australia and New Zealand has further helped refine the RB6 Series.

The first area of improvement is in the heavier driveline Aylwin mentions.

A heavy-duty T type gearbox delivers power to both sides of the baler, reducing complexity and transmitting power more evenly to help with balance and smooth operation.

The four belts used are only deflected 10 times as they rotate through the machine, Aylwin says, which helps to reduce

The RB456 forms part of Case IH’s RB6 Series baler range


belt stress and increase their overall life.

A new active drop floor automatically moves to allow heavy crop flow to pass and avoid plugging.

This feature can also be monitored, so the operator can be alerted if excessive floor movement is detected.

“Running a large diameter rotor feeding system with the active drop floor basically allows the operator to push the capacity of the feeding system and get some indicative throughput of the machine,” Aylwin says.

“The operator can see when the machine is close to being overloaded before it actually becomes overloaded.

“They are able to run it at maximum capacity with a reduced risk of overloading the machine.”

A new belt path and roller configuration has been designed to create a compact core-forming chamber, ensuring tight bale core formation is achieved quickly.

Another refinement from the RB5 Series

is the five-bar pick-up.

A change to the pick-up mount increases the forward angle to allow for an even smoother crop flow as it transitions between the pick-up and the rotor.

RB6 users also have the need for only two sets of hydraulic remotes on the tractor due to a new hydraulic valve bank on the baler with hydraulic function selections chosen through the display.

Its display also has a new user interface delivering sharp graphics with a clear layout and easy-to-use set-up menus.

The baler can be configured to operate with ISOBUS Class 3-compatible tractors to control several tractor and baler functions without any operator input.

Moisture sensors and an automatic greasing system can be added should operators wish, while LED lighting under the side shields allows for easier maintenance and inspection during night work.

The machine’s overall weight is about a tonne heavier than the RB5 Series.

Its strength, durability and build quality will help to make it a good long-term investment, Aylwin believes, saying they will hold resale value while also being suited to all baling needs.

“It might be a bigger capacity machine than some owner-operators need, but they see the value in the resale,” he says.

“When the machine is five years old, it’s going to be in better condition with a higher retail value than what they may have had before.”

“It’s also carrying over a lot of the great features that we’ve had and learned from in the past with the RB5 Series like our heavy-duty belts and simplistic driveline.

“We’ve refined the design over many decades of operation in the field and this is the result of all the improvements we’ve made in ongoing research and development.”

The RB6 baler is available through Case IH’s national dealer network.

Case IH’s baler product specialist Ross Aylwin

$75,020 inc GST

$75,020 inc GST


6203 hrs. IVT transmission, 6,203 hours, 4 hyd remotes, front weights, workshop inspected.

$1,320 inc GST

$1,320 inc GST


2004. 17 HP. 2WD. 5sp Belt-driven Gear trans. 7.9L Fuel tank. Electric start. Disc brakes.

$17,050 inc GST


6203 hrs. IVT transmission, 6,203 hours, 4 hyd remotes, front weights, workshop inspected.



Mower conditioner. New cutter bar 100HA ago. Rollers in fair condition.

$42,900 inc GST

COOLAMON SC105 REF No. 90182-HAMILTON 2021. 10,500L capacity, w/50m spread range. Aged stock in


$18,000 inc GST


2004. 17 HP. 2WD. 5sp Belt-driven Gear trans. 7.9L Fuel tank. Electric start. Disc brakes.

$18,000 inc GST


Mower conditioner. New cutter bar 100HA ago. Rollers in fair condition.



2021. 540 rpm PTO. Low power - 25-60hp. Hydr feed in rollers. 150mm dia branches. 3 yr warranty.

2021. 540 rpm PTO. Low power - 25-60hp. Hydr feed in rollers. 150mm dia branches. 3 yr warranty.

$66,220 inc GST



2016. 4 ft bales. 540 RPM. PTO 1000. Surface wrap only. Megawide pick-up.

2016. 4 ft bales. 540 RPM. PTO 1000. Surface wrap only. Megawide pick-up.

$52,250 inc GST

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$66,220 inc GST

No. 602777-HAMILTON

2017. 3.1M working width. 1000 rpm pto. 80 impellers on conditioner. Fast fit blades.

1000 rpm pto. 80



Disc mower. Contact Jamie or Andrew at Naracoorte for more details.





2019. Would suit new buyer. Precut knives. Auto oiler & grease bank well maintained.

2019. Would suit new buyer. Precut knives. Auto oiler & grease bank well maintained.

$18,749.50 inc GST

$18,749.50 inc GST

2019. 3000L. 24m boom. Full rate control, chem hopper, mudguards. Ready to work.


$10,450 inc GST

2019. 3000L. 24m boom. Full rate control, chem hopper, mudguards. Ready to work.

$10,450 inc GST


2022. 38 HP. 207 hrs. As new, serviced and ready to work. Warranty until Dec 2024. C/w FEL & bucket.





2021. Aged stock. 1.9m working width. Med/ hard brush choice. Adjustable pitch angle.


2000L. 12m Aluminium man fold boom. PTO

2000L. 12m Aluminium man fold boom. PTO pump. Foam marker & elec controller. Avail May.


2018. 2344 hrs. Front & Cab sus. Weght scales. No attachments. Great deal, get in fast.


2014. 43 HP. 2994 hrs. 4WD. Rear roller power brushes. In good reliable condition.


$50,600 inc GST

2014. 43 HP. 2994 hrs. 4WD. Rear roller power brushes. In good reliable condition.

$50,600 inc GST

2021. Aged stock. 1.9m working width. Med/ hard brush choice. Adjustable pitch angle.


2006. 125 HP. 4232 hrs. High clearance row crop & adjustable rims/tyres. MFWD.


2006. 125 HP. 4232 hrs. High clearance row crop &


2008. 110 HP. 2799 hrs. Quicke FEL, bucket & forks. 540/1000 rear PTO. MFWD.


2023. 25 HP. 5 hrs. As new aged stock. C/w warranty until 2029. FEL & bucket.

Jetland Ramps: ready to work

Quality service and a quality product has one Victorian customer feeling happy he chose Jetland Loading Ramps

Jack Holden admits he was initially unsure about buying from Jetland Loading Ramps - having previously been unfamiliar with the company.

Yet sometimes a leap of faith pays off, and now Holden has nothing but praise for both the ramp he purchased and the service he received throughout the process.

Melbourne-based Jetland supplies ramps to transport agricultural machin-

ery such as tractors and excavators, along with everything from 40-tonne truck ramps to wheelchair ramps.

Jetland is run by Jimmy Fang, who Holden says went out of his way to make sure the whole experience was smooth and positive.

“Jimmy was very good and really genuine, so I’ve got to take my hat off to him,” Holden says.

“He’s got a good product there and he’s trying to do the right thing.”

Another of Jetland’s unique selling points is free delivery to any commercial address in Australia with loading facilities, along with an array of strategically placed depots around the country where ramps can also be delivered without cost.

It was this latter option that Holden took advantage of, having his ramp recently

Image: Jack Holden

delivered to a depot in the Victoria-New South Wales border town of Wodonga.

Despite being a first time Jetland buyer, any uncertainty Holden had about the reliability of the process was unfounded.

“I’ve had a few dodgy deals with guys trying to sell you stuff,” Holden says.

“This ramp was sold to me for the price quoted, delivered to the depot and I just picked them up and away I went.

“He didn’t rip me off and he was trying hard not to - he’s a very genuine guy and he has followed up with me since.”

Holden’s actual need for a Jetland ramp was multifaceted.

A diesel mechanic by trade, he now

runs an earthmoving business while also living on a property of about 8 hectares.

His fleet of machinery includes excavators, an 80hp 4WD tractor, plus a small truck to move everything between job sites.

The solution was a 3.5m long Jetland ramp which has a six-tonne rated capacity – something which is necessary considering his tractor weighs nearly that amount.

Holden had previously been borrowing four-tonne ramps whenever he needed them, but thanks to Jetland he now has his own ramp and a bolstered capacity – all without any noticeable increase in overall product weight.

“I’ve got a little tray truck which we put mini excavators on, plus tractors and we pull cars up on it,” Holden says.

“I don’t just move things around the property, I cart things around the jobs we do and we also do work on other farms.

“The truck tray is a metre high off the ground and I can comfortably drive my tractor up on that and do bits and pieces wherever I need to.

“My tractor weighs near six tonnes and I’ve driven that up on the ramp - it works well.”

Considering he is using the ramp for multiple types of machinery, it is important that Holden has something which is strong enough to handle its daily tasks.

His Jetland ramp ticks that box emphatically.

“The ramps that I’ve been borrowing and using are nowhere need the strength of this,” Holden says.

“They’re dangerous if they’re too weak, so you’ve got to have really strong stuff to do the job.

“Jimmy explained how these ramps are beefed up and built stronger at the two ends, which they definitely are.”

Jetland’s ramps can be divided into four series – A, B, C and D – with variations in the ramp lengths, load capacities and wheel or track types each ramp best suits.

Jetland’s shortest ramps start at just 1.8m while its longest is 4.8m. The strongest ramp is capable of handling 42 tonnes.

Across the board, all ramps are made from super-strong aluminium which helps to ensure they are both lightweight and portable, despite their strength.

All Jetland ramps exceed safety standards and are backed up by a 12-month warranty.

They also feature anti-slip surfaces and safety pins to ensure safety during the operating process is further enhanced.

Jetland’s website is also regularly updated to reflect which stock is available in the Melbourne warehouse, ensuring customers can order with confidence, knowing their purchase will arrive quickly.

Quick delivery and good customer service is the first step towards producing happy customers like Holden, and supplying a quality, fit-for-purpose ramp is the second part of the equation.

“It’s a brilliant ramp,” Holden says.

“We think they’re great, they’re good value for what they cost and they are a very good product.”

Jetland Loading Ramps is located at 211-219 Boundary Road in the Melbourne suburb of Mordialloc and its product range is online at

Jack Holden has benefitted from his Jetland ramp






















A Volvo Construction Equipment electric machine suited to a range of applications is the first in a new range of electric compact wheel loaders available from CJD Equipment

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has stepped up to the challenge as the world increasingly shifts its focus towards sustainability and environmental responsibility.

T he Volvo L25 electric wheel loader offered by CJD Equipment is a prime example of the shift in construction and agricultural equipment, to sustainable and innovative machinery.

Well-suited for farmers transporting substantial loads or materials, the L25 electric wheel loader comes with a 1.2 cubic metre capacity bucket as standard, with options of a forklift, grapple, or material handling arm.

Its zero exhaust emissions and reduced noise levels make it a perfect choice for tasks close to livestock or within natural surroundings.

“Reduced noise levels also allow for easier communication when working and lead to a more comfortable and safe work environment,” CJD Equipment electric and sustainable technologies product manager Reid Gibson says.

Transitioning to electric power also offers additional benefits beyond noise reduction, CJD says, such as significantly reduced vibrations – due to the absence of a diesel engine.

By reducing vibrations over extended hours, CJD says operator fatigue can be

Images: CJD Equipment
The machine comes with 1.2 cubic metre capacity bucket as standard, with options of a forklift, grapple, or material handling arm


minimised, allowing farmers to work in safer and more comfortable conditions.

Innovative features, such as the electric park brake with hill-hold functionality, advances safety standards – particularly in challenging terrain such as farmland.

A new Electric Machine Management App provides operators with real-time insights into charging status, battery level and machine location.

Compact in nature, the versatile machine is perfect for navigating confined, narrow spaces. The L25 wheel loader also supports various Volvo attachments, providing adaptability for the multiple tasks that farm work may require.

Maintenance free

A primary advantage of the Volvo electric machinery over diesel machinery is the virtually maintenance-free nature of electrical components, batteries and motors, CJD says.

In the case of the L25 electric wheel loader, CJD says its fully electric driveline significantly reduces the use of hydraulic oil by half, eliminating the need for engine maintenance.

The absence of an engine in the electric wheel loader also removes the necessity of maintenance products associated with traditional engines, such as engine oil, oil

filters, diesel particulate filters or diesel exhaust fluid.

Due to the machine requiring less maintenance than diesel models, farmers in rural areas don’t have to worry about getting to long-distance service centres if needed, in the case of breakdowns.

To make machine monitoring even easier on farm properties, CJD says a new and improved Human-Machine Interface (HMI) has been implemented, allowing operators to navigate seamlessly through machine information and settings.

“Across the Volvo electric range, there is a 35 per cent reduction in lower maintenance costs vs diesel equivalent models,” Gibson says.

“The Volvo L25 electric wheel loader distinguishes itself with easily accessible lubrication and maintenance points, all conveniently located at ground level.

“Adding new wet-disc brakes reduces this need for maintenance.”

Electric efficiency

Featuring a Lithium-Ion 48V battery with a capacity of 40kW/h, CJD says the fivetonne wheel loader emphasises Volvo’s commitment to environmental sustainability and elevates operational efficiency.

A dual electric motor concept is at the

centre of the machine to enable optimal energy efficiency.

One electric motor is exclusively allocated for the working hydraulics and steering, with a peak power of 32kW.

The second electric motor is dedicated solely to the driveline, directly linked to the rear axle via the gearbox.

“This configuration guarantees peak efficiency in the drivetrain, with the electric motor in the driveline delivering a maximum power of 36kW,” Gibson says.

“Due to the machine’s zero-tailpipe emissions, the L25 also operates seamlessly in indoor environments and emission-restricted zones, giving operators a choice for a cleaner, quieter work environment.”

The L25 electric model’s powertrain design provides superior responsiveness and controllability compared to traditional diesel machines, CJD says.

P ropelled by the electric motor linked to the gearbox and rear axle, Gibson says the electric system facilitates instant torque control. This feature enables the loader to achieve maximum power output without the delay associated with waiting for RPM to build up.

Gibson says the electric powertrain is much simpler than its diesel counterpart, with fewer moving parts and a trans-

Zero exhaust emissions and reduced noise levels make it well-suited for tasks close to livestock

mission system that efficiently regulates power and torque – leading to more rapid and direct responses.

The electric wheel loader encompasses an onboard charging system that comes with a charging cable, plug and adapters.

“The onboard charge enables the machine to charge from 0 to 100 per cent in under six hours,” Gibson says.

With these charging accessories, CJD says operators can easily maintain the machine’s power levels – enhancing productivity on the job site.

“This machine sets new standards for efficiency, performance and environmental stewardship,” CJD says.

“In an era where reducing carbon footprints and embracing clean energy solutions are paramount, Volvo’s innovative electric wheel loader emerges.”

CJD Equipment boasts an extensive national support network. For further details on the Volvo L25 electric wheel loader, reach out to your local CJD branch at 1300 139 804 or visit

For all your power

The Volvo L25 electric wheel loader is available from CJD Equipment

Seed needs

Bourgault Australia has its finger on the pulse at seeding time, knowing the problems farmers are looking to solve and providing the machinery to help

Transport width, trash flow and overall size are big issues in the minds of farmers when it comes to seeding equipment, B ourgault Australia’s Mark Harrison says.

The company’s operations manager for eastern Australia has seen a shift towards farmers wanting larger machinery to get more done quickly, while also seeking increases in efficiency via technology – plus the potentially conflicting requirement of also having a manageable transport width.

B ourgault has been known for its 91300 Air Cart, which offers a capacity of more than 45,000L – but this is more than a broadacre beast relying purely on its size.

While this is not a brand-new product, having been part of Bourgault’s local offering for several years, examples of its take-up and usage provide an insight into many of the industry trends and priorities that Harrison outlines.

The concept of maximising efficiency and doing more with less is hardly a new phenomenon, but Bourgault’s air carts have many characteristics which feed into this and which Harrison says is impacting machinery upgrading decisions.

“ They’ve only got X number of staff so they might be going from a 20,000L cart to a 30,000L or 35,000L cart to have less fill time and maximise efficiency that way,” he says.

“We’ve sold a number of our largest air carts to some larger growers; customers who are running two shifts a day.

“People are usually trying to link the size of their cart in with their shifts. If they’re running two shifts a day, they don’t want to stop halfway or three-quarters of the way through a shift.

“ They want to be able to fill up and do a full shift with one operator, so there are people that are upgrading purely on linking that in with the shifts for the day.

“They are getting some massive acres done on one fill because the cart is significantly bigger than everything else that’s on t he market.”

Sheer size is clearly a point of difference for Bourgault in the market, but the u sage of technology is another focal point for both customers and staff.

“Section control is taking off quite a lot and we’re finding a lot of these 9000 Series carts are getting section control fitted on them, which is working well.

“Training staff on the section control and how to use a lot of this technology has become very important.

“Our territory managers are doing some in-house training, trying to skill up on some of the features that Bourgault offers so you can train the operators and staff to use it correctly.”

Another unique feature offered by Bourgault’s air carts is the DynaCal live rate monitoring system.

Images: Bourgault
Bourgault’s 9000 Series air cart is increasing in popularity

“It means the machine will automatically calibrate itself as you’re sowing, so we’re training people on how to use it and fill the machine,” Harrison says.

DynaCal works in tandem with weigh scales, which are standard on the 9000 Series.

Harrison says this is another reason why the 9000 Series is becoming a popular choice for customers looking at maximising their efficiency.

“Customers are finding that with the DynaCal feature the system will detect one or two small changes in rate across a tank fill, which is ultimately detecting a change in seed and fertiliser density,” he says.

“Customers can have their application rates within 1 per cent accuracy rather than possibly 7 or 8 per cent without DynaCal.

“Fertiliser density in particular can change quite a lot over a program and if a customer relies on the last calibration factor this can affect application rate significantly.

“For getting the rate perfect across the whole program, customers are looking

towards weigh scales and the DynaCal feature on our 9000 Series.”

Bourgault also produces the 8000 Series air carts, which Harrison says is still t he manufacturer’s “bread and butter”, but these additional features such as weigh scales as standard – plus the greater capacity – is leading customers to shift towards the larger machines in the 9000 Series, he says.

Drilling down

The latest addition to Bourgault’s Australian product range has been the 4420 DKD deep knife drill.

It offers something new from Bourgault; a new style seeder bar with a new opener, front fertiliser knife and a seed knife.

Its point of difference is the front fertiliser knife, which is a deep ripping knife capable of placing fertiliser 120-165mm into the ground.

The seed knife follows behind on a parallel arm to give accurate seed placement a nd depth setting.

The 4420 DKD also plays into the themes of transport width and trash flow which Harrison mentions.

It is available in 12m and 18m working widths, making it a big machine capable of working with Bourgault’s biggest air carts, but both models fold to just 5.5m wide with TruTrac coulters fitted or 5.35m without coulters for easy transport.

“We can produce them with and without coulters and you can get an extended f rame, so you’ve got quite a lot of trash flow on the extended frame machine,” he says.

“We’ve sold a number on both the west coast and east coast and the demos they’ve had in Western Australia have been really positive. We are hoping to see quite a take up on these machines in our early order program.”

This early order program Harrison mentions is a special promotion which Bourgault started in May, and which runs until July 31.

Bourgault has well-stocked factories on both side of Australia – located in Albury and Perth – but customers with specific requests are encouraged to order during this window, with discounts providing a further sweetener.

“If a customer wants a specific machine

Bourgault’s new 4420 DKD deep knife drill

and places an order in that date range, then if we don’t have it in stock we can order it at the factory,” Harrison says.

“We carry quite a lot of stock in Albury and Perth but if someone wants something specific, then it’s best to order earlier.

“There are large discounts there, but obviously we have time to place orders on the factory for something specific and able to have everything shipped in time.”

When it comes to its factories, Bourgault Australia also extends an open invitation to customers who wish to see first-hand what the manufacturer can offer.

“People are welcome to come through either of the facilities in Perth or Alburycome for a tour, look at the machines and parts availability,” Harrison says.

“Bourgault Australia has invested quite a bit of money in the two facilities - including staff, large workshops, a lot of yard space and a lot of stock.”

Bourgault Australia’s full product range, and early order program details, are available at

Bourgault has the machinery for farmers at seeding time
The 91300 air cart is the biggest produced by Bourgault


Crucial connectivity

Telstra and Optus’ 3G shutdown will impact some farm machinery and the ability to make emergency calls. Image: aboutmomentsimages/

Telstra and Optus’ 3G network shutdowns are fast approaching – presenting a safety and productivity problem for farmers in rural areas. Jackson Haddad speaks to NSW Farmers rural affairs committee chair Deb Charlton to find out what impact this will have

On August 31 Telstra is set to switch off its 3G network – closely followed by Optus in September – leaving farmers and others in rural areas behind as the telcos focus on 4G and 5G.

Many in rural areas have limited mobile phone reception and NSW Farmers rural affairs committee chair Deb Charlton says farmers and others rely on 3G networks to communicate, especially in emergency situations.

“With 3G, farmers can use their device to make calls in case of emergency, but the shutdown may lead to farmers being

unable to call for help,” she says.

Farmers with 4G compatible phones may think this issue doesn’t apply to them, yet Charlton is urging this collective to verify with their telecommunications company if their phone will still be able to make emergency calls after the shut off.

“4G capable phones can still use the 3G network to contact emergency services, so emergency calls may not go through after the network switch off, even though you may have a 4G phone.”

Not only do the network shutdowns present safety issues for rural farmers, but

they can also stop farm machinery from functioning.

Charlton says one of the problems that rural and regional farmers are having, is trying to identify everything on their farm that is still operating through the 3G network – including machinery.

“There are still a lot of things operating under this network that will be effected by the shutdown, including water monitoring systems, fuel systems and remote diagnostics in tractors,” she says.

Due to this, she had been pushing the telecommunication companies to delay


Telstra’s original shutdown date was scheduled for June 30 but has been pushed back to August 31. Image: Daria Nipot/

the network switch off until everything using the network was identified.

This push was rewarded, with Telstra’s shutdown date originally being scheduled for June 30 but has now been pushed back two months, to August 31.

Much to Charlton’s delight, she believes that Telstra is starting to listen to the feedback given by farmers and has realised t hat there is much more reliance on the 3G network in rural areas than the company was initially aware of.

“There’s so many things that will be affected by the shutoff and I don’t know if Telstra have really thought about it and identified them,” she says.

Although the date delay was welcomed by the NSW Farmers Association, Charlton says there is still much more work to do.

“What we’ve seen from the telecommunication companies is not enough, they need to engage with rural and regional farmers to ensure that their transition to the 4G network is as smooth as possible,” she says.

“We’re pushing Telstra to make sure they get this right when they do switch it off, because we’re so much more reliant on our phones than what we have been in the past.

“Once it’s switched off, it’s switched off forever, we won’t get it back.”

Initially announced in 2019, Charlton says farmers need more time to adjust to

the 3G switch off as she believes it hasn’t been at the forefront of their minds, up until recently.

The COVID-19 pandemic occurred just after the announcement, she says, which may have taken a lot of time away from focusing on upgrading to 4G and 5G networks – as it was not a priority for farmers at that point in time.

She also believes a lot of farmers would have put the 2019 announcement to the back of their mind, as many would do rather than looking five years in advance.

“These 3G compatible phones are still currently working, so I think a lot of farmers are thinking, why would we pay more money to get it upgraded now, when we can still use it up until the shutoff date,” Charlton says.

Over 200,000 3G-only phones are still in use, according to Charlton – no longer being able make phone calls after August 31.

Being prepared

Getting to telecommunication stores can be frustrating for farmers in rural areas, as Charlton says she has seen members drive two hours just get to their nearest store, but encourages everyone to make necessary adjustments ahead of time.

“One of our members drove to a Telstra store to get an updated phone and got told that they can’t walk in and

do this anymore – you’ve got to make an appointment,” she says.

Identifying this frustration to Telstra, Charlton’s next step in helping prepare farmers is to ensure that there is more availability, knowledge and understanding in the telecommunication stores.

I n the next few months, she would like to see more help offered to farmers by providing valuable knowledge and more availability, in terms of updating their phones.

In the meantime, Telstra customers wanting to find out if their phone is impacted, can SMS 3 to 3498. Optus customers will receive an email, letter, or SMS, if they need a new device to stay connected.

“We know the upgrade is happening and we can’t change that,” Charlton says.

“But we want the reassurances that rural and regional farmers will not be disadvantaged by the upgrade and will not lose out on something.”

For Telstra customers wanting more information, visit mobiles-devices/3g-closure Optus customers can head to mobiles-tablets-wearables/ important-changes-3g


Solid signs

Tractor sales continue to sit at healthy levels, with its overall dollar value showing an improvement compared to last year, the Tractor and Machinery Association says

While sales volumes may be down, large tractor sales have contributed to an increase in overall dollar value. Image: Anastasija/

Around 850 tractors were delivered across the nation in the month of April, representing a sales figure 12 per cent behind the s ame month last year.

This represents a continuation of the shift back to more healthy levels following multiple years of high sales.

With around 3,500 units sold so far this year, we are on track to record a sales figure in the 11,000 to 12,000 tractor range for 2024.

Notwithstanding this, conditions in the market remain very competitive, with some dealers reporting large stock holdings and challenges associated with recent price increases.

It is therefore not unusual to find some sharp deals in the market today.

Looking at the state-by-state picture, Queensland was down 13 per cent against the same month last year to be 18 per cent behind for the year to date.

New South Wales was down 22 per cent and is now 28 per cent behind for the year, while Victoria recorded an increase of 3 per cent, putting the state’s year-to-date figure 18 per cent below last year.

Western Australia reported a small rise of 1 per cent to be in line with the same time last year.

South Australia had another big drop, with April’s figure down 18 per cent and being down 24 per cent for the year to date.

Tasmania was off 42 per cent for the month, with sales in the Northern Territory finishing 30 per cent down.

Sales of the 200hp plus (150kW plus) range were again the best of the machinery categories with a 1 per cent rise on the same month last year.

This rise means year to date sales in that category are up 32 per cent.

The small, under-40hp (under 30kW) category was down by 3 per cent for the month to be 28 per cent behind for the year to date.

The 40hp to 100hp (30-75kW) range was also down 32 per cent and is now behind 35 per cent year to date.

Lastly, the 100hp to 200hp (75-150 kw) category was down 6 per cent, putting it 21 per cent behind for the year.

This mix of sales means that while the market is down in volume terms on the same time last year, it is in fact up 14 per cent in dollar terms.

This result highlights the approach many larger farmers take with their fleet replenishment strategies.

Many machines are now being sold on three or five-year leases which are programmed into customers’ capital cycle.

Even though the agricultural market may experience some rapid movements, we are seeing a more stable outcome when it comes to larger machinery purchases.

Sales of combine harvesters are yet to materialise, however dealers are reporting a healthy forward order book and expect another solid season.

Baler sales finished steady on the same

Gary Northover is executive director of the Tractor & Machinery Association of Australia (TMA). He can be contacted on (03) 9813 8011 or at

month last year with difficult growing conditions for hay and are now in line year to date.

Finally, sales of out-front mowers were again up, this time by around 57 per cent in the month.

TMA conference

This year’s TMA conference is scheduled to be held on Thursday July 18 at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, a venue the association last visited in 2017.

Continuing the theme ‘Towards 2030’, the conference will feature an exciting line-up of speakers on critical industry issues such as AI in agriculture, attracting women to the workplace, effective marketing strategies, personal financial planning and more.

There will also be the regular economic update from Westpac’s Justin Smirk and the state of industry report from Kynetec

Tickets are now on sale at the TMA website, while the association’s annual State of the Industry report is available for download online.

Rural revival

Rethinking investment into country towns to encourage new uses for old buildings, and the all-important roadhouse, could be the key to attracting skilled workers, WAFarmers CEO Trevor Whittington says

Every country town has at least one building that lies abandoned or underutilised and could be turned into a house or unit that could attract another worker or family to the community.

We have old train stations and Roads Board buildings, abandoned shops in the main street, empty pubs, unused halls, even farmhouses close to town that have been left to deteriorate.

If regional communities are serious about surviving population decline, they need to accept that investors are not going to flock to build a $400,000 house on a block of land worth $50,000 that has no future capital gain upside.

Forget about convincing skilled workers to accept a rental in the old state housing asbestos houses on the wrong side of the tracks - you don’t want to live in them and neither do they.

Can we collectively lean on our local councillors, the Minister for Regional Development and opposition parties to come up with a ‘Regional Renovate to Rent’ program?

This could allow communities to tap into a rolling $15 million fund to redevelop at least one property in every town every year until 2030 to fill the rental gap.

Forty towns given $400,000 a year to turn an underutilised building into quality accommodation will help save our heritage and put another apprentice or family into the community.

Is your town lacking in these skilled labourers – unable to accommodate a plumber, electrician, air conditioning mechanic, car mechanic, tyre shop, or independent ag mechanic?

Another solution is for the council or a group of farmers to get together and buy an industrial lot, build a lock-up shed and offer to rent it out for $1 a year, then stand back and watch the rush.

This becomes even better if you can throw in a transportable house out the back or at the caravan park to help them get settled in.

Skilled people who are good on the tools and qualified will go bush and set up a business if we make it easy for them.

More than one group of farmers I know have employed a mechanic between them on a drive-in, drive-out basis to service all their machinery.

Take it to the next logical step and it only takes a small group to get together to underwrite a $200,000 investment in a quality industrial shed in town and a lease on a house and they have their own priority mechanic.

Even better, insulate the house and add air conditioning and watch the fly-in, flyout workers line up to be there.

Alternatively, fund an expansion of your local dealership to take on two more apprentices and have the community buy the block next door to expand the size of the business.

The big dealers are getting bigger and consolidating in the bigger towns, but this

Trevor Whittington is CEO of WAFarmers
Image: WAFarmers
Rural towns often have abandoned buildings that could easily be revived. Image: Rafael Ben-Ari/

will help them to get big before they get out of town.

Big sheds attract small businesses that will grow and help fill the town’s schools and football teams.

Pick the business you want the most in town, build it and they will come.

It is also important that existing businesses – including the roadhouses which so many towns are known for – continue to thrive.

I drive a lot around the Wheatbelt and I know most of the roadhouses.

I stop because they are quick and I can dash in and out for a coffee without waiting for hours, although I’d be happy to wait if the alternative was that there is no roadhouse at all, or they are closed.

Some towns have neat little cafes, but these are often not open when I drive past in the evening.

Don’t go travelling off the major routes on a Sunday as many of our roadhouses are closed, which is not a good sign.

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When the roadhouses start shortening the hours, the town is on death’s door. I used to think the pub was all important, now I’m thinking all roads lead to the roadhouse.

Somewhere, anywhere to get a coffee or an icy pole on a Sunday afternoon. No shop means no hope.

Even the ones that are left are looking old and tired with poor amenities and I hate to think what overseas tourists head-

ing to Hyden or up north must think.

Why would roadhouses upgrade when the federal government makes it so expensive to employ workers though – and that’s assuming you can find workers willing to do a stint in the bush selling Chiko Rolls and making buckets of chips.

Government policies are killing small service businesses in rural Australia and you can just see it in the state of our country roadhouses.

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Events Calendar

Here are upcoming field day and agricultural events for 2024. Information was current as of going to press.

Ag-Grow Field Days – Emerald, Qld

Ag-Grow dates back to 1989, servicing central Queensland with some of the best the agriculture and mining sectors. Attracting over 1,500 companies and crowds in excess of 28,000 visitors, Ag-Grow is one of Australia’s largest field days.

When: June 20-22, 2024

More info:

Alice Springs Show – Alice Springs, NT

Started in 1960, the Alice Springs Show aims to promote, encourage and advocate for the development of agricultural, pastoral, horticultural, viticultural, commercial, industrial, cultural, handicraft, artistic and tourism pursuits in Central Australia.

When: July 5–6, 2024

More info:

Mudgee Small Farm Field Days – Mudgee, NSW

The Mudgee Small Farm Field Days has been running for over 40 years and attracts approximately 20,000 people per year. With the mission to inform, educate and connect rural people with information and solution providers there are free demonstrations and talks along with commercial stalls, live music and activities to suit the whole family.

When: July 12-13, 2024

More info:

Tractor and Machinery Association conference –Melbourne, Vic

This year’s Tractor and Machinery Association conference will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Continuing the theme of Towards 2030,

the conference will feature an exciting line-up of speakers on critical industry issues such as AI in agriculture, attracting women to the workplace, effective marketing strategies, personal financial planning and more.

When: July 18, 2024

More info:

Australian Sheep and Wool Show – Bendigo, Vic

The Australian Sheep and Wool Show is your one stop shop for all things sheep. More than 2,700 sheep and 30,000 people assemble in Bendigo for three days in July for largest show of its type in the world.

When: July 19–21, 2024

More info:

Sheep Connect – Hamilton, Vic

Sheepvention Rural Expo has a sheep show and ram sales, an innovations hub, ag competitions, trade exhibits and other entertainment and produce.

When: August 4-5, 2024

More info: www.hamiltonshowgrounds.

Royal Queensland ShowBrisbane, Qld

The Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) is Queensland’s largest annual event, attracting on average 400,000 people. The Ekka showcases the best of Queensland, attracting more than 21,000 competition entries from woodchop to giant vegetables, 10,000 animals from beef cattle to cats and dogs, world-class live entertainment, award-winning food and wine, carnival rides and showbags, family shopping, educational activities and much more.

When: August 10-18, 2024

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AgQuip Field Days - Gunnedah, NSW

Arguably one of the biggest field days on the Australian calendar, AgQuip has been supporting the agriculture world from its permanent, purpose-built site just outside of Gunnedah, NSW since 1973. Attracting more than 100,000 visitors each year and showcasing over 3,000 products, AgQuip has proven to be a much-anticipated event for both exhibitors and attendees alike.

When: August 20-22, 2024

More info: agquip

Dowerin Machinery Field Days - Dowerin, WA

Dowerin Machinery Field Days is the largest field day in Western Australia, attracting more than 25,000 visitors each year. Around 7,000 broadacre farmers attend the event each year and over half of all visitors stated their reason for attending was a strong interest in agricultural products and services. The Field Days has also won several tourism awards at a state and national level.

When: August 28-29, 2024

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Agrishow Small Farms and Field Day Expo - Moss Vale, NSW

More than a line-up of products for sale, the AgriShow Small Farms & Field Day Expo is a space for people involved in all aspects of farming to get together in a community atmosphere. The event features education and demonstrations of farming machinery, tools, equipment and supplies from tractors and other vehicles, to equipment and technology, so that visitors can get more from the event.

When: August 30-31, 2024

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Royal Adelaide ShowWayville, SA

Established in 1839, the Royal Adelaide Show is now South Australia’s largest ticketed event. Attracting on average around 500,000 people, the Royal Adelaide Show hosts more than 450 exhibitor stands and offers businesses a once-a-year opportunity to expand into new markets, boost revenue and significantly increase brand awareness. When: August 31-September 8, 2024 More info:

AgQuip is always a highlight on the Australian field day calendar

Double act

Fresh from being named Case IH’s Dealer of the Year, Intersales has announced an expansion into New Holland machinery

It has been a big start to 2024 for dealership group Intersales.

The four-branch dealer was named Case IH’s dealership of the year for 2023, which was revealed in April, while also announcing its expansion into selling and servicing machinery from fellow CNH Industrial brand New Holland.

Based in New South Wales, Intersales has branches in Temora, Griffith, Albury-Wodonga and Wagga Wagga.

The group was named Case IH’s Dealer of the Year with three branches or more.

Intersales CEO Amanda Blachut admits she was surprised to have claimed the major prize, crediting the other dealers within Case IH’s network.

“I’m pretty surprised that we managed to win this award, we are up against strong performers who are tried and tested and amazing at what they do,” she says.

“I’m amazed and blown away at the fact we won. For our name even to be nominated, I was taken aback. I was so proud of our team.”

Case IH says its dealer of the year results are based on a range of criteria, including finance and business management,

performance in sales and marketing, and parts and servicing, precision technology and total market share.

Blachut says Intersales has put considerable time and effort into these areas with the goal of improving both the business itself and the overall experience for both customers and staff.

Despite this ongoing effort, she says it was still a surprise to be recognised for a process which promises further improvement in the months and years ahead.

“We’ve spent a lot of time in building our processes, and recognising the processes that build on the support of each staff member - just making it easier for you to do a good job,” she says.

“We have invested a lot in our sales department, as well as precision agriculture and after sales support, parts and service, and a lot of our training.

“I was very surprised we won this year because we aren’t there yet.

“We are definitely working towards it and have started down the road putting a fair bit of investment and time into it, we have won in the past when we only had two dealerships”

One of the challenges faced by any multi-branch dealer is ensuring consistency between sites which can be located hundreds of kilometres apart.

While Intersales branches have all got “their own different heartbeats” and their own different situations that they face,, Blachut says training is one area which Intersales has identified as being key to its ongoing success.

The growth of technology in agriculture, along with the world’s more interconnected nature, has created opportunities for new staff to build their skills quicker than before, she adds.

“In the old days it took 15 to 20 years to get your experience and really leverage what you knew,” Blachut says.

“Now there are so many great things out there so if people want to apply themselves, they just springboard.

“Their level of competency can be achieved a lot faster these days.”

Intersales is a dealership clearly focused on growth and improvement, with no desire to rest on its laurels.

In 2022, an expanded machinery workshop at its Wagga Wagga branch was

Intersales director Adam Blachut, CNH director Aaron Bett and Intersales CEO Amanda Blachut
Images: Intersales

opened, with the additional 1,200sqm facility having been custom designed to Intersales’ needs.

Last year, an open day was held at the Albury-Wodonga branch after the COVID-19 pandemic prevented Intersales from staging an official opening following the branch’s launch in 2020.

Another big move is set to shake up Intersales’ offering even further.

The group recently announced the acquisition of New Holland dealership

Cadmac Machinery’s two branches in Riverina-Wagga Wagga and Wodonga.

Intersales will continue to operate these locations as New Holland dealerships and can now offer both major CNH Industrial brands to its customers.

“We’re proud to have had the opportunity to purchase Cadmac from the Bektash family, bringing with it a new chapter to the Intersales story,” Blachut says.

“The change presents us with opportunities for alignment, growth and innovation.”

With Intersales being geographically surrounded by other major Case IH dealers, Blachut says the opportunity to grow in that sense was limited.

“Our thinking was instead of expanding our footprint, because we’re being circled by other major dealers, let’s expand within the CNH network,” she says.

CNH Industrial’s agriculture business director Aaron Bett says the New Holland expansion will create new opportunities for Intersales customers, while also praising the group for its dealership award win.

“Intersales is a proven performer in the southern NSW regions it covers, its reputation for excellence cemented by its recent win in the Case IH Dealer of the Year awards,” Bett says.

“To now have New Holland machinery under its remit introduces a raft of new opportunities for the company, and its customers,” he says.

Intersales’ full product range, along with contact details for its Temora, Griffith, Albury-Wodonga and Wagga Wagga branches, can be found at

Cadmac’s Jarrod Stephenson and Mitch Price, Adam Blachut and Amanda Blachut, from Intersales.

Intersales held an open day at Albury-Wodonga last year



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Moving ahead

G&J East Kadina is investing in its future, with the South Australian dealership expanding its footprint and appointing a new dealer principal

Plenty has been happening for South Australian multi-franchise dealer G&J East Kadina.

The appointment of a new dealer principal, facility upgrades to its main building and a rebrand courtesy of a fresh logo speak to a business building positive momentum.

Based in the state’s Yorke Peninsula, north-west of Adelaide, G&J East Kadina has behind it more than 90 years of history – along with the associated trust in its local community – but has also started 2024 with both eyes firmly focused on the future.

Part of this future focus has been the introduction of Stephen Murdoch as dealer principal, who joined in mid-February.

While Murdoch is an injection of new blood, an area in which G&J East Kadina has excelled is through the loyalty and experience of its staff, who have become trusted advisors to the community it serves.

One example of this is Colin Adams, who has spent 39 years with the dealership and previously had the dealer principal role.

Murdoch says his recent appointment was “simply because of the growth in the business”, with Adams’ role essentially being split in two to suit each of their strengths.

“Colin is still with the business and we’ve just decided to split his role, so that I would manage the dealer principal side and Colin would manage the sales side of the business,” Murdoch says.

“He has all the customer relationships dating back 39 years and so it was more advantageous to keep Colin on the customer relationship and sales side, and then I came on to manage the business side.”

Murdoch’s career has been spent in the mining industry, working in the dealer side in places as diverse as Africa and former Soviet republics, but decided to go back to his roots after returning to Australia late last year.

“I’m a farmer’s son, so I’ve come out of the rural side of things with my childhood and am getting back to my roots,” he says.

“Getting away from mining and back into the ag side of business was a good fit for me.

“I come out of a very large corporate world in mining and am really enjoying this environment here where it’s much more approachable, friendly, family run and just welcoming.

“The drawcard for me was it being a family-owned business and I’m really enjoying it.

“It’s not just me - we’ve got several new team members in the sales department as well and that’s brought a new energy to the business.”

The positive sentiments have been echoed by G&J East Kadina’s existing staff, including administration manager Kylie Weltman.

“From a staff point of view, all staff are really happy to welcome Stephen on

New dealer principal Stephen Murdoch
G&J East Kadina

board and are really looking forward to the future with him at the helm,” she says.

Fresh digs

Murdoch’s appointment comes at a time where G&J East Kadina has invested heavily into its facilities.

The business is still owned by the East family – now being into the fourth generation – who decided it was time to upgrade the premises on Goldsworthy Street in Kadina.

Its newly expanded showroom and customer service centre measures 192m long and 22m wide, providing plenty of space for indoor displays of the farm machinery it sells.

“Matthew and Alex East decided it was a good time to upgrade the facilities because they wanted the ability to bring machines undercover,” Murdoch says.

“Farmers come in over the winter period and want to inspect something, so being able to do that inside a building makes a

difference and provides a modern look, while the upgrades also giving staff extra offices to work out of.”

A redesigned company logo also shows G&J East Kadina’s desire to think and plan for the future.

Big brands

In the past four years, G&J East Kadina has been recognised as a Claas Harvest Centre –and is the only one in South Australia.

The Claas branding is immediately evident when approaching the dealership and its machinery is prominent.

While the manufacturer’s Lexion combine harvesters are a popular machine in t he grain growing Yorke Peninsula, it is far from being all the dealership offers.

“We’re really wanting to get the message out there that we’re not just a Lexion harvester dealership,” Murdoch says.

“ We offer a full range of Claas tractorswheeled and tracked machines with all the smart technology - we’re not just selling Claas harvesters.

“I see a lot of upside in terms of the synergies between selling a farmer a Claas harvester, which are the market leader in

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that space, and then taking a Claas tractor alongside of that, and us being one port of call for service and parts.”

Service and parts are also important aspects of G&J East Kadina’s offering.

In addition to offering new and used farm machinery, the dealership stocks plenty of genuine spare parts for the equipment it sells.

Its service team is factory trained and has an extensive range of experience in all manner of machinery repairs and service, offering both on-site and off-site servicing.

Claas machinery is G&J East Kadina’s biggest product, along with other Claas Harvest Centre brands such as Amazone and Väderstad.

As a multi-franchise dealer though, it means G&J East Kadina customers also have access to machinery from the likes of Massey Ferguson, Deutz-Fahr, Fendt and Hardi.

“We’re a multi-franchise dealer that can service a multitude of farmers’ requirements, and that’s across all brands, whether it’s sales, service or parts,” Murdoch says.

“All of the products we sell are very good quality products.”

G&J East Kadina is located on

Goldsworthy Street and its full product range can be viewed online at and



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Shantui SE25SR excavator

2.68 tonne with Yanmar 3TNV80F 14.6kW (19.572hp)

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Shantui L76-C5 loader

24.8 tonne loader with Cummins 209kW (280.27hp) Tier 3 engine (Cummins Australia warranty), German ZF BP230 auto shift 4 forward / 3 reverse transmission, pilot control, reverse alarm, flashing light, 5m³ bucket, ROPS airconditioned cabin with suspension seat and radio. $235,000 plus GST = $258,500*

An expanded showroom allows machinery to be displayed undercover

Maxed out

LDV has upgraded its T60 ute range with the addition of the T60 Max Plus, bringing a host of new safety features and increased comfort for hard-working Aussies

Introduced as the ‘halo model’ of the T60 range, the new ute model includes new safety features that provide a second set of eyes on the road ahead, LDV says.

The features include autonomous emergency braking (AEB) working from 8km/h, and lane keep assist from 60km/h as standard on automatic transmission models.

The T60 Max Plus has upgraded driver comfort with a new central touchscreen and driver instrument cluster, both 12.3

inches (31cm), to make sure controls are easily reachable.

Adaptive cruise control, wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto are all now standard on the automatic transmission models, allowing drivers to relax and play their own audio without an auxiliary cord.

In addition to this, the new ute model provides a lockable tailgate, heated and power-folding side mirrors and electric power steering and park brake.

“We’ve listened to feedback from the

LDV’s T60 Max Plus has a new autonomous emergency brake system and lane keep assist. Image: LDV

market and worked closely with our colleagues in China to ensure the T60 range remains competitive in the Aussie ute market,” LDV general manager Dinesh Chinnappa says.

“T60 Max Plus is a new model that has key technical, specification and safety updates to complement its position as one of the most powerful four-cylinder utes you can buy.”

For the first time, the T60 Max Plus also comes with multi-link rear suspension that LDV says delivers more control and a better ride over a range of surfaces, as well as an increase in payload capability.

Visually, the LDV’s exterior has a new look with black gloss grille, door handles, door mirror covers, side trim and rear bumper, that LDV says is designed to improve its ‘tough’ appearance.

T60 Max Plus still has the same 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder bi-turbo diesel engine delivering 160kW at 4000rpm.

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JCB 155-65 FASTRAC, 150hp, 3PL, 7300hrs

JCB 155-65 FASTRAC, 150hp, 3PL, 8000hrs

JCB 185-65 FASTRAC, 185hp, 3PL, 4900hrs

JCB 185-65 FASTRAC, 185hp, 8000hrs

JCB 3185-65 FASTRAC, 185hp, 3PL, 8700hrs

JCB 3220-80 FASTRAC/SPREADER, 220hp, 11200hrs

JCB 3230-65 FASTRAC/SPREADER, 230hp, 5825hrs

JCB 3230-80 FASTRAC/SPREADER, 230hp, 11000hrs

JCB 7230 FASTRAC, 230hp, 3PL, 6900hrs


IHC 5088, 150hp, 4750hrs


CASE IH MX170, 161hp, Fr & Rr 3PL – pto, 9500hrs

CASE IH MX200, 200hp, 3PL, 8750hrs

FORD 6640SLE, 85hp, 3PL, 5100hrs

FORD 7710, 100hp, 3PL, 8650hrs

JOHN DEERE 6210 / FEL, 90hp, 3PL, 6700hrs


BLIGHTY ENG’ 30’ Rubber tyre Roller

BROONS Combination Roller

BURDER 9000 FEL Kit – JCB 8250

CASE 480E Loader, a/c, 10000hrs

CASE 580E Backhoe Loader

CIH MX 460/85R42 dual kit (80% tyres)

JCB 2CX-4WS Backhoe Loader, a/c, 2050hrs

JCB 3CX-2WD Backhoe Loader 7900hrs

JCB 3CX-2WD Backhoe Loader, 12745hrs

MORRISCONCEPT2000 2002,Concept, 35'@9",p/wheels..AS1248. TA509568. $44,000

EZEE-ON3550 2003,40'@10"..AS822. TADPLIn107338. $53,900

JCB 4CX Sitemaster Backhoe Loader, a/c, srs, 5600hrs

JCB 8018CTS Excavator, 1.6T, 1100hrs

JCB 8025ZTS Excavator, 2.6T, 705hrs

JCB 55Z-1 Excavator, a/c, 5.5T, 2150hrs

KOMATSU PC78MR-6 Excavator, 7T, 3600hrs

KOMATSU WA300-3E Wheeled Loader, 16000hrs

SIMPLICITY Small Seeds Box suit 8200TB3

VICTORY VL200 Wheeled Loader, 1385hrs

WCM 30 Wheeled Loader, 2800hrs


CONNOR SHEA 14 Row Pasture Drill, coulters, roller


GASON 50’@10” Scaritill, Kelly rotary harrows

JANKE F500 UDD Planter, 40’@12”, coulters, p/wheels

JOHN DEERE 735, 40’@10”, p/wheels


BOURGAULT 8810 / 5295, 40’@12”, 3 bin, 10500 Li, auger

CIH PTX600 / ADX2230, 48’@9”, 8100 Li, SSB, auger

GASON SWRP / 1890RT, 52’@12”, auger, p/wheels, banding

HORWOOD 4000 STREAMLINE, 2 bin trailed, spur gear

SHEARER (EEZE ON) 2175, 5T Trike, SSB, auger






DIECI DEDALUS 28.7, a/c, 315hrs, 6.3m x 2.8t

DIECI 30.9 AGRI, a/c, 3200hrs, 9m x 3t JCB 525-58FS, 6000hrs, 5.8m x 2.5t JCB 525-67FS, a/c, 7000hrs, 6.7m x 2.5t JCB 526-55, a/c, 2950hrs, 5.5m x 2.6t JCB 526-55, a/c, 10675hrs, 5.5m x 2.6t

JCB 527-58 AGRI, a/c, 1800hrs, 5.8m x 2.7t

JCB 527-58 AGRI, a/c, 5650hrs, 5.8m x 2.7t

JCB 527-58 AGRI, a/c, 6775hrs, 5.8m x 2.7t

JCB 527-58 T4i AGRI PLUS, a/c, 1000hrs, 5.8m x 2.7t

JCB 527-58 T4i AGRI PLUS, a/c, 2525hrs, 5.8m x 2.7t

JCB 530-70, a/c, 6000hrs, 7m x 3t

JCB 530-70, a/c, 6200hrs, 7m x 3t

JCB 530-70FS, a/c, srs, 3000hrs, 7m x 3t

JCB 530-70FS, a/c, 6250hrs, 7m x 3t

JCB 530-70FS, a/c, 7500hrs, 7m x 3t

JCB 530-70FS, a/c, srs 7000hrs, 7m x 3t

JCB 530-70FS, a/c, srs, 10000hrs, 7m x 3t

JCB 530-70FS SUPER, a/c, srs, 5500hrs, 7m x 3t JCB 530-70FS SUPER, a/c, srs, 6000hrs, 7m x 3t

JCB 531-70CE, a/c, 5900hrs, 7m x 3.1t

JCB 531-70CE, a/c, 7200hrs, 7m x 3.1t

JCB 531-70CS, a/c, 6850hrs, 7m x 3.1t

JCB 531-70 AGRI, a/c, 3350hrs, 7m x 3.1t JCB 531-70 AGRI, a/c, 3800hrs, 7m x 3.1t

JCB 531-70 AGRI, a/c, 4200hrs, 7m x 3.1t

JCB 531-70 AGRI, a/c, 4500hrs, 7m x 3.1t

JCB 531-70 AGRI, a/c, 4900hrs, 7m x 3.1t

NEWHOLLANDSC180 1998,180Bushel/ 6343Litre,2bin,castorquad, auger.. AS1355. TA739946. $53,900

SIMPLICITY4000DTR 1991,5700Litre,2 bin,towbehind.AS1382. TA984613. $20,900

JCB 531-70 AGRI, a/c, 4900hrs, 7m x 3.1t

JCB 531-70 AGRI, a/c, 5600hrs, 7m x 3.1t

JCB 531-70 AGRI, a/c, 6300hrs, 7m x 3.1t

JCB 531-70 AGRI, a/c, 7400hrs, 7m x 3.1t

JCB 531-70 AGRI, a/c, 8300hrs, 7m x 3.1t

JCB 531-70 AGRI, a/c, 11600hrs, 7m x 3.1t

JCB 531-70 AGRI, a/c, srs, 6300hrs, 7m x 3.1t

JCB 531-70 AGRI SUPER, a/c, srs, 3400hrs, 7m x 3.1t

JCB 531-70 AGRI SUPER, a/c, srs, 6000hrs, 7m x 3.1t

JCB 531-70 AGRI SUPER, a/c, srs, 6940hrs, 7m x 3.1t

JCB 531-70 AGRI SUPER, a/c, srs, 7000hrs, 7m x 3.1t

JCB 531-70 AGRI SUPER, a/c, srs, 7100hrs, 7m x 3.1t

JCB 531-70 AGRI SUPER, a/c, srs, 7160hrs, 7m x 3.1t

JCB 531-70 AGRI SUPER, a/c, srs, 9800hrs, 7m x 3.1t

JCB 531-70 T4f AGRI PRO, a/c, srs, 3200hrs, 7m x 3.1t

JCB 531-70 T4i AGRI SUPER, a/c, srs, 1300hrs, 7m x 3.1t

JCB 531-70 T4i AGRI SUPER, a/c, srs, 4750hrs, 7m x 3.1t

JCB 531-70 T4i AGRI SUPER, a/c, srs, 6800hrs, 7m x 3.1t

JCB 531-70 T4i AGRI SUPER, a/c, srs, 7200hrs, 7m x 3.1t

JCB 532-70 AGRI-FS, a/c, srs, 3100hrs, 7m x 3.2t

JCB 532-70 AGRI SUPER, a/c, srs, 2750hrs, 7m x 3.2t

JCB 535-95, a/c, 4500hrs, 9.5m x 3.5t

JCB 535-95C, a/c, 3850hrs, 9.5m x 3.5t

JCB 535-95 AGRI SUPER, a/c, srs, 6700hrs, 9.5m x 3.5t

JCB 536-70 T4i AGRI SUPER, a/c, srs, 6240hrs, 7m x 3.6t

JCB 538-60 AGRI SUPER, a/c,

Openpumpimpeller,chopper device,stainlesssteelplates, heavydutyjockeyjacks,hand primeroneffluentpumps,pto shaft,heavydutyframe


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Tinytach for dieselenginesgives adigitalRPMreadingregardless ofthenumberofcylinders.A transducertakesapulsereading fromtheinjectorlineSimplybolt thetransducertotheinjectorline, supplya12-24VDCsupplyand awayyougo!Itevenhasa built-inhourmeter,service functionandmaxrpmrange. S22. DPLIn27532. $264

INDUSTRIALRADIATORS 20hp$275 40hp$360 60hp$585 120hp$820 S11. DPLIn27501. From$275

PERKINSGENERATORS 6,8,10,13,15,20and30KVA generators,singleand3-phase, poweredbywater-cooledPerkins heavydutydieselengines,keyor remotestart,fueltankbase,full engineprotection,500hours serviceintervalsIdealbackupor primepowerCall for yourspecial price!.AW54939-ST190912. DPLIn27583. POA


Partsavailable for small Japanesediesels. AW54939-FM077-060-07. DPLIn27496. POA


To fit smallJapanesetractors. From$8.80eachincGST. AW54939-FM077-060-08. DPLIn27497. $9

andhandprimingpumpThe Pluttoexhaustprimer automaticallyprimesupyour pumpwhenyousarttheengine Primingkit.S18. DPLIn27578. $490

IRRIGATIONHOSEHOSE SuctionanddeliveryhoseCall for yourspecialprice!. AW54939-FM077-043-01. DPLIn27516. POA

SELFPRIMING4PUMP 4selfpriming,beltdrive. AW54939-FM077-043-02. DPLIn27541. $654

TOSCANOMULCHERH/D 2023,H/Dconstruction,doubleorsinglesidelinkage, optionalhydraulicsideshift,sizesfrom1.5to4mtr

SAMMUTTRUCKTRAYS H/DAustralianmade.3mmor5mmfloor.Custombuild. Chassismodifications.Newandusedtrucksavailable. S360. TA1025472.

SAMMUTHARDOXTIPPERBODIES H/Dbuild. Onepiecesides,2waygate.Optionalwell hoistortwinunderbody.Optionaldropsides.Custom build.Colourofchoice.Sandblastedandfinishedin

UNITEDIMPLEMENTS(USA)NEWTRAILINGBOX GRADERMADEINUSA 2022,MadeinUSA,heavydutybuild Hydraulicliftwheels,hydraulicangleadjustment 1800mmto3600mm.S363. TA1025493. Pricefrom$6,900+GST

GEARMASTERTRAILINGTURFMOWER 2020,Buydirectfromthemanufacturerandsave.We havebeenmanufacturingmowersinAustralia for over 25years!Australianmade,onepiecestainlessdeck, fullgeardrive,stainlessdeck,75HPgearboxes,3plor trailing,sizesfrom1.5mtrto12mtr,suitable for Turf farms,golfcourses,councils,contractorsandmore. S364. TA1025498.


SAMMUTSPREADKING5000ORCHARD/VINEYARD SPREADER 2020,H/DAustralianbuild,frontorreardelivery.Sizes from2m3to18m3,optionaltelescopicconveyor, optionalendrotororendspinner,custombuilttosuit

SAMMUTMILLMUDSPREADERS,AUSTRALIAN MADE 2020,H/DAustralianmade Fullhydraulicdrive,singleor3row Frontfeed,Singleordoubleaxle,optionalrear spinners Sizesfrom8m3to30m3.S365. TA1025500.



2020,Extraheavyduty Hydraulicliftroller,geardrive Anti-panblades 2200mmto3200mm.S369. TA1025532. Pricefrom$17,900+GST


2020,H/DAustralianmade,fullhydraulicdrive Wecancustombuild.Optionalfrontfeed Optionalsidedelivery.Chainorbeltfloor Sizesfrom2m3to30m3.S367. TA1025524.


TOSCANOSPEEDDISC 2022,Buydirectfromtheimporterandsave! Heavyduty,Hydraulicliftcrumbleroller,560mmdiscs ,3plandtrailing,2.5mtrto6mtr(trailing).S368. TA1025525.



2020,Hardenedbinandfloor,H/DComerItalian gearboxes,sizesfrom3m3to30m3,scales,incab controls,ptionalfoldingconveyorwithoptionallength, reductionbox.S371. TA1025537. From$25,000+GST


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SAMEDELFINO35TRACTOR SameDelfino35Tractor,4 wheeldrive,3pointlinkage,approximately35 horsepower. 7281. TA1193905.

LoaderwithForks,Rops,Roof,Windscreen,72 horsepower approximately,immaculate,approximately5,280 hours. 7122. TA1155052. $37,000

FORD5610TRACTOR Ford5610Tractor,4x4,FrontEnd


MASSEYFERGUSON240TRACTOR 2wheeldrive,newtyres allround,extrahydraulicpump,powersteering,45 horsepowerapproximately,newroof.6893. TA1070342.

NOBILINOBILI/SILVANVKD230FLAILMOWER sideshiftto therightwithhydraulicsideshift&heightcontrolisbyan adjustablefullwidthroller,withnewspareblades&bolts,3 pointlinkage.7250. TA1184478. $11,650INCLGST

JOHNDEERE315CBACKHOE JohnDeere315CBackhoe,4 cylinderdiesel.7314. TA1217240. $24,000INCLGST

CASE3230TRACTORFRONTENDLOADERFORKS& BUCKET 4wheeldrive,QuickReleasefrontendloader,forks &bucket,rollframe&roof,approximately1,600hours/60 horsepower,immaculate,withbooks.7262. TA1190218. $34,000INCLGST

KUBOTAL405TRACTOR diesel,4wheeldrive, power steering,3pointlinkage,rollframe&roof,double clutch, approximately38horsepower,goodworkingorder,as traded,asis.7301. TA1200484. $11,900INCLGST

CONNORSHEASEEDERS 14 row trailingseeder,tyne baker boots,seed&super,withsmallseedsbox$16,950inc. ConnorShea18 row seeders,linkage&trailed,super& seedboxes,readytogo.7107. TA1141898. POA

$11,950INCL GST


ATLASCOPCOXAS40DDCOMPRESSOR deutztwin diesel, 100cfm,gaugesworking,exCouncil,999hoursasindicated &working,doeseverythingitissupposedtodo.7318.

wheeldrive,frontendloader,ROPS&roof,91 horsepower approximately,PTO,withfrontweightframe(no weights), approx.1,900hoursindicated.7089.

JOHNDEERE5525FWATRACTOR yearapprox2005-2008,4


KOMATSUFD45T-5FORKLIFT KomatsuFD45T-5 Forklift, hydraulicsideshift,approximately6.275 tonne, specificationsattached,goodoriginalmachine,diesel,2,600 genuinehours.7308.


cylinderdiesel,2xbuckets:-450mmGP,900mmtilting mud bucket,SWL65kg,folddownrollframe,hydraulictrack

KUBOTAK008-3MINIEXCAVATOR 1,800 hrs approx,3

JCB3CXBACKHOELOADER,4CYLINDERDIESEL approx. 2,589genuinehoursindicated,rearextenderboom,3x

16PlateDiscCultivator,sealedbearings.3pointlinkage, scallopeddiscs,goodorder.7331. NEWHOLLANDTN55DTRACTORWITHBURDERFRONTEND LOADER 4in1bucket,4wheeldrive,3cylinderdiesel, with remotes,aircab,approx.1,466hours,newlugtyres all round,60horsepowerapprox.7249. TA1182872.

blades, carryalls and rippers. 2nd hand tractor tyres, belt pulleys, PTO From $195 2nd hand new tines Augers, 50' x 6" & 8", pencil 14' x 4" new and 2nd hand. Harrows all types From $45 Boom sprays,


JOHNDEERE5085E 2015, ApproximateShippingWeight (Open-Station;Cab):MFWD: Open:3200kg7055lbCab: 3600kg7937lb


NumberOfCylinders:4 ,1LV5085ECFY441487. WA. DIY1223481. 08 9467 7430. $43,500

KUBOTAL3800HD 2022, Hydrostaticdrive 169hrs ChallengeFrontendloader4 in1

LandPrideGraderplane 3point tow hitch Industrialtyres

Excellentcondition Nopay ID, 1234567890. NSW. DIY1222134. 0414 750 841. $37,500

CASEIHJX904WDTRACTOR 2014,627hours,89hp,4WD, shuttleshiftlever,12forward, 12reversegears Two setsofremotes, HFJ039558.VIC. DIY1223085. 0408 526 966. $41,000ONO

JOHNSHEARERCOULTER TYNEDRILL 16run,verygood condition,convertedfrom3PL totrailing,newflutedrollers, newsetofcoulter'sfrom JohnShearerendof23 seasonstillinpallet(6Kfor coultersalone)3640mmwide (wheeltowheel)185mmtyne spacingbakerboots,164000. NSW. DIY1221917. 0488 909 085. $19,800

KLIMAKLIMAGEN2PRUNING SYSTEM 2019,forsustainable spurandcanepruning. Suitableforsmalltractors,

OTHERROTOWIPER 3.2 mtr, TrailingWeedwiper.50mm standardballhitch.Excellent workingcondition,7368. NSW. DIY1222546. 0414 862 377. $5,800

JOHNDEERE5075E CAB 2022,Ingreatcondition,193 hours,2ndowner,air conditionedcabin.Also includesXSSloader,Cosmo bullymulcher,palletforks, assortedbracketsand manuals., 1PY5075ETNE615956.QLD. DIY1221446. 0414 692 806. $75,000


ABBEYVF2000SD 2023, 22m3AbbeyCattleFeed Mixer.Includes3.2mPVCBelt Elevator. H/D8mmthickHardoxwall Lining.H/D20mmthick flooring.HydCabcontrolsfor dischargedoors,INSTOCK. QLD. DIY1216104. 1300 230 492. $148,500

DAKENSL4051.5 2021, slasher.approximately10 hoursuse.Excellent condition,926. NSW. DIY1209701. 0458 173 525. $2,500ONO

KINGHITTERSERIES2I This Sidemountedpostdriver makesfencingquickand easyinallconditions., S2i360. VIC. DIY1206314. 03 7044 1940. $25,602

2020,170Hp.Excellentcondition CallRudi,3HL0231.QLD. DIY1222544. 0427 032 845. $165,000

JOHNDEERE9570R 2019,Hours:889.3,HP570.Excellentcondition withLowHours.GreenStarGPSequipped. Rearwheels1374K/g,Front1800K/g,Rear611 K/g,5Slice rear hydraulics, 1RW9570RTKP062530. OV. DIY1222368. 02 1318 450. $700,000



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1896, 4690, 4890, 4894, 5120, 5130, 5140, 5150, 7120, 7130, 7140, 7150, 7220, 7230, 7240, 7250, 8910, 8920, 8930, 8940, 8950, 9130, 9150, 9170, 9180, 9250, 9260, 9280, 9350, 9370 QUADTRACK, 9380 QUADTRACK, 9390, MX90, MX130, MX135, MX150, MX230, MX240, MX200, MX220, MXM175, MX270, MXM190, STX375, STX440, STX480


CHALLENGER SERIES – 35, 45, 55, 65, 65C, 75, 75C, 75E, 85C, 85D, 95E, 65E TRACK MACHINE, MT765D, MT765C, MT865C


3000, 3610, 4000, 4600, 4610, 5000, 5610, 5640, 6000, 6600, 6610, 6700, 6810, 7000, 7600, 7700, 7710, 7840, 8000, 8210, 8230, 8340, 8401, 8600, 8700, 9000, 9600, 9700,, TW5, TW10, TW15, TW20, TW25, TW30


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HYSTERH16.00XM-6 2010,lowhoursandin greatconditionwithMichelinXZMradialtyres, forkpositioningsideshiftand2,440mmForks. R3525. TA730601.

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HYSTERH18.00XM-12 withforkpositioning sideshiftcarriage,2440mmforks,Cummins engine,fullyenclosedairconditionedcabOption20x40sideliftcont.frame.R3632. TA1124211. POAForSaleorHirePh:1800688788

KALMARDRT450-65S 2013,Stacksladen 20x40containers5high.CumminsQSM11 dieselengine.Dana15.5HR36000XMSN. H10300280. TA1153805.


OMEGA16-12W Idealfurnitureremovalist solutionRated12,000kgwithELME558 sidesliftabletostackuptofourhigh20and40 footcontainers..353AUFL443. TA1154000. ForSaleorHirePOAFreeCall1800688788

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HYSTERH18.00XM-12 2008,stacks12,000kg highcube20'&40'3high.ELME55820x40 spreaderwithtopentrytwistlocks.Frontline unitreadynow.R3547. TA829125.


ISOLOADERHL-PC-35 2006,Two(2) ISOLOADERPrecastConcreteHandling RubberTyreGantriesbuyoneorboth for tandemliftandtraveleachwithSWL 35,000kg.R3696R3697. TA1222670. POA

HYSTERH650C 6newContinentaltyres, Cummins6CTenginethisbudgetpriced forkliftisready for work.Option20'or20x40 toppickcontainerspreaders..R3712. TA1216675. ForSaleorHirePh1800688788POA

HYSTERH10.00XM 2006,Cumminsengine. WideForkPositioningSideshiftCarriage wouldsuitlongloadse.g.pipe.R3689. TA1216676. POAForSaleorHirePh:1800688788

KALMARDRT450 2014,SOLD-Another Available.Only11081hourswithoriginal Cumminsengine.Stack45,000kg1strow 31,000kg2ndrow.ReadyNow.R3603. TA998021. POAForSaleorHirePh:1800688788

PRENTICE7,000KGSWL forklifttruckramps (8)topickfrom.Ideal for shippingcontainers. Forsaleorhire.R3274. TA96974. $12,000+GST=$13,200ForSaleorHire

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New basic option takes German manufacturer Mann-Filter’s air dryer

German filtration technology developer Mann-Filter has added a new basic air dryer cartridge to its line-up – adjusting the colours of its existing product line-up.

Mann-Hummel senior range manager for the automotive aftermarket Jörg Schömmel says the basic cartridge will be suitable for all applications with low compressed air requirements.

“It offers an optimal solution for continuous long-haul operation, where dry compressed air is important,” he says.

“Very little compressed air is consumed during long-haul use, meaning there is reduced abrasion of the compressor and therefore minimal oil entrainment.

Consequently, ‘marathon runners’ only need dry air, which is why the cost-effective basic solution is adequate.

“For the drying process, our new, white air dryer cartridge is equipped with a powerful molecular screen,” he adds.

Mann-Filter’s expansion of its air dryer cartridge range to four will see the previously white standard cartridge now coloured black, which the company says will make it easier for customers to find the filter that best suits them.

Along with the white and black filters, Mann-Filter also has a silver cartridge with coalescing filter for improved system protection against harmful oil droplets, and a golden premium version with additional stage drying and optimised oil separation for protection under the toughest operating conditions.

Like any other filter, the air dryer cartridge must be replaced regularly in line with the replacement intervals specified by the vehicle manufacturer.

Upgrading a standard cartridge to a cartridge with a coalescing filter is easy and improves the protection of systems operated with compressed air – especially the brake system, Mann-Filter says.

“Whatever our customers need, we have the right Mann-Filter air dryer cartridge in original equipment quality for almost every requirement,” Schömmel says.

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