Keech to strengthen position in agricultural market with foundry upgrade

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Steel casting manufacturer Keech Australia has dramatically increased its production targets in an attempt to bolster its position in the agriculture market following a $3 million upgrade to its second foundry in Bendigo Victoria last year.

Keech to strengthen position in agricultural market with foundry upgrade
Keech says it is the first company to manufacture direct drilling and deep tillage parts and has continued investing in research and development of its products.

The recent upgrade involved a complete overhaul of the facilities, from the moulding equipment to cooling and shakeout systems. 

Keech's Manufacturing Director Garth Keech says the company hopes to offer better value to Australian farmers by boosting output, which is part of the business' long term strategy to increase their position in the market.

"However, increasing production target along is not the key to achieving this goal," he says.

"To really make a mark, we are building on our history of innovation and our reputation as an Australian manufacturer committed to the supply of hard wearing parts of consistent quality."

Keech claims to be the first manufacturer of direct drilling and deep tillage parts in 1968 and has continued investing in research and development of its products.

"The Keech systemns have been copied by other manufacturers, however Keech retains its reputation for quality using through hardened alloy-steel to 500 Brinell, the hardest and toughest steel on the market," Keech says.

"For growers operating in extremely tough environments, the Keech range is also available with numerous tungsten carbide tip and Keetuff, a weld on metal configuration containing tungsten particles for extra wear life."

To ensure the strength of all products, the range is cast in an arc furnace which removes unwanted elements from the steel such as sulphur, phosphorous, hydrogen and nitrogen that might otherwise weaken it.

Mixed farmer Steven Deutcher has used the system for the past 15 years after Keech was recommended by a fellow grower.

"Around 200 hectares across our 3,000 hectare property is extremely tough, with rocky soils making it difficult to sow our annual mix of barley, wheat and oats," he says.

Deutcher sows 1,000 hectares of land on average and produces 2.5 tonnes per hectare across all crop types. He sells the majority of crop harvested but keeps 150 tonnes per year to feed his livestock fleet.

"Having heavy duty drilling points means we can sow directly into all soil type - even the rocky areas - allowing us to make the most of our land," he says.

While Deutcher has never measured the lifespan of his Keech ag points, their performance in difficult and rocky areas has kept him coming back.

"We've never seen the need to shop around. The system is also easy to bolt on, which can save us several hours when it comes to replacing the points," he says.

"Any time we can save is a bonus given the size of our operation."

Keech's range of direct drilling points include knife blades, single shoot seeding points and winged seeding points varying in length, width and angle to suit individual seeding systems and soil types.

Deep tillage components available include a wide selection of shank assemblies and accessories with optional tungsten tips for growers working in tough soil types.

Adapters are available across the range, enabling Keech's tools to be fitted to a wide variety of equipment.

Find out more on Keech Australia's website.

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