MACHINERY

Spreader/chaser wins top machinery award

A DUAL-PURPOSE fertiliser spreader and chaser bin from Coolamon Chaser Bins has won the 2019 Henty Machine of the Year Award.

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 Coolamon's Spreader Chaser is the 2019 Henty Machine of the Year. Picture Ava Saunders.

Coolamon's Spreader Chaser is the 2019 Henty Machine of the Year. Picture Ava Saunders.

The Coolamon Spreader Chaser, made in Coolamon, New South Wales, impressed judges with its innovation, engineering and design.

Featuring a self-cleaning hopper, the Spreader Chaser is equipped with Haze Ag polyurethane spinner blades with bevel-edged spinner discs.

The variable sized cones have the ability to spread all varieties of product while the chaser bin features include a 50cm diameter auger with an unloading rate of 10 tonnes a minute.

Highly commended in the same awards was the Offsider Ag Equipment Spin-a-Calf, entered by David Hicks, Killarney, Queensland.

Australian designed and manufactured, the Spin-a-Calf enables marking and branding calves to be a one-person operation. The Spin-A-Calf stays upright, minimising stress to the animal and operator.

It has been designed and tested by people of all ages and abilities - the calf is caught once, tagged, backlined and marked at the operator's own pace. A turntable means the operator remains still and there is no traipsing backwards and forwards.

A total of 13 machines and equipment at the cutting edge of agricultural technology were showcased in the Henty Machine of the Year. The award is judged by an independent panel of regional primary producers.

Judging criteria includes the machine's purpose and suitability, scope of application, construction (durability and design), ease of maintenance and service, ease of operation and adjustment, availability of parts and overall value for money.

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