June 10, 2015
The first Australian designed and built chaser bin with tracks and a unique cushion hitch offered by NSW manufacturer Davimac is the first entry in the 2015 Henty Machine of the Year Award.
Davimac manager Shannon McNab, of Molong, said the benefits of tracks included increased flotation and improved turning over a non-steerable dual axle chaser bin.
Mr McNab said the narrower track was ideal for row crops and offered reduced soil compaction.
“The track comes in a 90cm (36inch) width but we will be offering a 60cm (24 inch) track next year,’’ he said.
“We have designed the bin with a cushion hitch, which reduces the transfer of shunting and jarring to the tractor when travelling over rough country,’’ he said.
“It is reducing wear and tear on the tractor and chaser bin.
“We are tipping we will struggle to keep up with demand purely on feedback already received.
“Overseas there have been chaser bins on tracks but no one in Australia has really picked up on it.’’
Mr McNab said the chaser bin was designed using farmer feedback and would be the first machine entered by Davimac in the Henty Machine of the Year Award.
The Henty Machinery Field Days, southern Australia’s single biggest agricultural and outdoor event, will be held on September 22-24.
Entries at the cutting edge of agricultural technology will line up before the judges in the prestigious Henty Machine of the Year Award.
Announced on the opening day, this “farmers’ choice’’ award is presented to the most outstanding new piece of agricultural machinery exhibited at the Henty Machinery Field Days.
It is judged by an independent panel of regional primary producers.
In many cases the machine has gone on to become a standard piece of equipment on farms.
Judging criteria includes the machine’s purpose and suitability, scope of application, construction, ease of maintenance and service, ease of operation and adjustment, availability of parts and overall value for money.
Last year, the award was won by the Tow and Fert Multi 4000, entered by Tow and Farm, Laverton North, Victoria, with the Stabiliser 200, from National Stockyard Systems, being highly commended.
Machine of the Year chairman and Brocklesby grain grower Matt Bergmeier said the award was open to all machines on site released into the Australian market in the previous 12 months.
“A win at Henty gives the entrant valuable exposure for their product,’’ Mr Bergmeier said.
An additional accolade is the Australian Tractor and Machinery Association Award for the best new Australian-made machine.
It is judged and presented on the final day of the field days. Last year, the award went to the 50 tonne Crop Carrier from Coolamon Steelworks.
Nominations are made by the Henty Machinery Field Days Co-operative members who unload the machines – in the vein of the Archibald Prize packer’s award.
Judges then visit each nominated company during the field days.
For more information on entering the award visit www.hmfd.com.au