About Header Front Repairs

Header Front Repairs has been in operation in Swan Hill, Victoria, since 1979. Formerly known as Murphy Engineering, it changed hands in 2011 and was renamed and rebranded as Header Front Repairs.  It is now owned and managed by John Ward, a third generation grain farmer from Woorinen South.

Specialist Harvester Front Repairs

Header Front Repairs is a specialist in the refurbishment and structural repair of combine harvester fronts. 

All makes and models of header fronts can be repaired, extended or shortened.  The majority of repair work in recent times have been Macdon and John Deere. 

Concaves and Rotors

Combine harvester rotors and concaves are also refurbished and repaired back to optimal efficiency.  Speak to John about the new custom concaves engineered in our workshop that is providing superior results by industry standards.

About John Ward

John Ward is third generation grain farmer from Woorinen South, 10 km’s west of Swan Hill.  His grandfather first settled this property in 1893.

His first grain harvest on the family farm was in 1953.

John’s experience in Australian agriculture dates back prior to the floods of 1956 and he has experienced the boom and bust, drought and flood cycles that the industry brings and has survived to tell the tale.

Throughout that time, he has been a vocal advocate for Australian farming with involvement in the Grain Elevators Board, mentoring at Marcus Oldham College, and chairmanship of the Victorian Silo Committee organisation to name a few.

During the 1990’s he led Grizzly Engineering through a restructuring and reorganisation process that led to profitability, stability and first time export sales.

His deep understanding of the issues facing grain farmers helps John provide the type of results and certainty his clients need when repairing their header fronts.

John bought Header Front Repairs, formerly Murphy Engineering, in 2011. He could see that farmers were getting less service options to run their business as industry consolidation took hold. He is excited to be back in the engineering game.

John is a member of and also a guest speaker at the Australian Contract Harvesters Association annual conference in 2014 and 2015.

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