JN&R Engineering adjusts HDE Series scraper

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The HDE Series drawn scraper produced by JN&R Engineering can handle tasks big or small, thanks in part to recent adjustments following customer advice

A series of upgrades based on customer feedback has helped JN&R Engineering to evolve a popular scraper model.

The HDE Series drawn scraper has, over time, received a series of "minor tweaks" such as a new easy-greasing system to ensure its status as a versatile unit remains.

The scrapers are used for a wide variety of applications, from cutting and grading to hauling and dumping

Popular with farmers for its ability to help with crop planting, the HDE is also popular in the civil construction industry and Gino D’Angelo, director of the Victorian-based manufacturer, says its strength is its ability to handle multiple jobs.

"It can do eight or nine things very well – it can dump, it can level, it can haul dirt, it can cut, it can grade to a specific grade, and plenty more," he says.

"It’s a pretty bulletproof machine. It’s strong, tough and stands the test of the horsepower that’s in front of it.

"It’s obviously made to go behind articulated tractors and those machines are starting to become very popular in civil and construction, with road-based cutting and filling.

"They can get the HDE in there and rip it, cut it and shift the material, as well as contractors who use it for flood irrigation, as far as levelling the ground.

"We’re also finding increased use in the market garden industry for getting low-crop headers in place, and planting crops as well."

The HDE is available in various sizes, with five models in the range.

These are the 3200, 3600, 3900, 4200 and 4800, with the model numbers based on each scraper’s cutting width in millimetres.

The HDE Series comes in five cutting widths

Front-mounted lift cylinders and a mould board setup within the machine itself helps produce high loading and unloading speeds.

Newly-designed side wings allow for easy top loading and bulking, helping the scraper reach its approximate capacity of 17 cubic metres.

There have also been updates to the greasing system, which has been reduced to just four easily-accessible banks that require attention twice per day to minimise the maintenance required.

Another standout feature, D’Angelo says, is the ejector, which means the machine can keep working, even with wet and muddy soil.

"We’ve had some customers who have had a different model and then they’ve gone to the ejector and can’t believe the ease of operation and the quality of how it finishes off," he says.

"The benefit of the HDE is you get better coverage with your water and more efficiency with your crop yield.

"You haven’t got holes all over your paddock where the crop is going to become waterlogged, and you need to have that fairly flat so the water is able to run off to make sure you don’t get that crop damage."

The HDE Series has received some minor adjustments

For JN&R Engineering, located in the northern Victorian town of Kyabram, it is a combination of nearly 50 years’ experience as a family-run business and its manufacturing capability that enables it to know exactly what customers want and adapt as required.

The HDE is just one example of this.

"Over the last three or four years we have made some minor tweaks to improve the efficiency and the way it operates and that comes back to listening to the customer and getting their feedback," D’Angelo says.

"We’re just trying to evolve and give the customer the best possible machine they can have to do the job."

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