Feature: Western NSW Gems

By: Harrison Hunkin

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TradeFarmMachinery.com.au headed to western NSW to showcase the best local companies the region has to offer

Aerial view of western New South Wales
Dry Aussie landscape - tsvibrav/iStock/Getty Images

New South Wales’ central west is an agricultural stronghold with an abundance of home grown manufacturers and distributors.

Prior to Agquip Field Days in Gunnedah on August 21-23, we decided to showcase the best local companies the west has to offer.

The agrowdrill
Davimac’s bread and butter come in the form of chaser bins and its range of tillage equipment

 

DAVIMAC

Our journey started in the small town of Molong to visit the Davimac group.

A company rich with history, Davimac’s bread and butter come in the form of chaser bins and its range of tillage equipment through the Agrowplow business.

"We are completely Australian made and we are very proud of that," Davimac relationship manager Dean Symons says.

"We are always striving to make a quality machine, but we are also proud of our back-up support. We don’t walk away when something goes pear-shaped; we’re there to stick with them and work through it.

"This leads to loyal customers and confident dealers," he adds.

Over time Davimac has expanded its operations from a just a couple of guys in an outback shed to a major Australian manufacturing operation that incorporates three different brands: Davimac, Agrowplow and Vimcor.

Agrowplow is currently in the process of rolling out its brand-new AD730 and AD083 seed drill. The AD730 is built from 100x100x9mm RHS steel while the AD083 is built with 100x100x6mm RHS steel and a fully-welded frame that’s been designed for strength and durability.

The AD083 seed drill features a larger box capacity, and a working width of 1.8m to fit through narrow spaces and features.

In terms of chaser bins, Davimac offer single- and dual-axle bins as well as a tracked model ranging between 18-tonne to 35-tonne capacity sizes.

Davimac’s has a large dealer network, with the likes of O’Connors, Emmetts, Agrimac and Chesterfield supplying its products.

The big bale stacker
Ideal for the small- to medium-scale farmer handling big square bales

 

JADAN

Next stop was Jadan Enterprises, just out of Canowindra. Jadan specialise in hay handling equipment, manufacturing some of best Australian gear on the market.

Like many Aussie farming manufacturers, Jadan Enterprises was founded by a farmer looking for a simple, well-made machine for the Australian conditions.

In Jadan Enterprises case, they couldn’t find a suitable machine to do the job and instead decided to design their own way back in 1989. The first machine was the small bale grab and accumulator.

By word of mouth and locals seeing the machines working in the paddocks, the Jadan business began to grow.

Now, the company produces a vast range of hay-handling implements such as its flagship Big Bale Stacker.

The Big Bale Stacker is ideal for the small- to medium-scale farmer handling big square bales. Designed to pick pales in any direction, the Big Bale Stacker will collect: six 3x3 big square bales; six 4x3 big square bales; or four 4x4 big square bales.

The company says its Big Bale Stacker, coupled with Jadan’s VertiStack machine, can reduce stacking times by 50-75 percent.

"We are the original Australian hay handling machinery specialist, Jadan is 100 per cent Australian owned with a vast dealer network across the country" the company says.

The company has about eight staff working in its factory, from fitters and turners to boiler makers and assembly workers.

Combining small bale and big bale machines, Jadan last year manufactured over 150 hay handling machines. Not bad for family run company in rural NSW.

The K-Line Speedtiller powerflex
: A high-performance dual-purpose disc tiller designed for soil conditioning where high penetration is needed

 

K-LINE AG

Nestled in the sleepy town of Cowra is K-Line Agriculture. Founded by the Larsen family in 1993, K-Line manufactures a range of agricultural machines, from tillage equipment to seeding machines.

Quality of service is at the forefront of the K-Line operation.

"To know that a farmer can buy a product and we can look after him and understand what they want is something we pride ourselves on," a K-Line representative says.

The K-Line Speedtiller is one of the company’s best-selling machines. A high-performance dual-purpose disc tiller designed for soil conditioning where high penetration is needed, the Speedtiller allows users to penetrate the soil at the ideal depth.

The Speedtiller can handle heavy residue with ease and is an excellent finishing tool for levelling and one pass seedbed preparation.

From producing their original hay rakes and harrow systems, to producing its signature Speedtiller, this enthusiastic family-run company has seen the business grow exponentially, and has now taken the business across the Pacific to the United States.

Twister silos
Twister silos and Brandt augers are the staples for Geronimo Farm Equipment

 

GERONIMO

The final stop on my western NSW road trip was to Geronimo Farm Equipment, also in Cowra.

For more than 20 years, Geronimo has been importing, assembling and distributing farm equipment from Canada and the USA.

While its staples are Twister silos and Brandt augers, in the past five years Geronimo has added Chief silos and handling equipment to its range.

Chief silos offer a different roof profile which enables Geronimo to seal bins to Australian standards easily.

It doesn’t stop there for Geronimo, though. The company is also the Australian distributor of Riteway and Landoll products.

Riteway specialise in rock pickers and rakes as well as heavy land rollers which have proved to be a hit in South Australia and Western Australia. Six rollers have already landed in SA this year alone.

Landoll, a privately-owned company from the US, and its 7400 and 7800 tillers, have proven to be a popular product for Geronimo, as has its seed drills, finding a market in Victoria, NSW and Queensland.

With 60 Australian workers and full-time distribution centres at Cowra, Dubbo, Walgett, Moree and Northam in WA, Geronimo, like many companies in NSW’s central west, epitomise the importance of good old fashioned local knowledge and hard work.

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