Macdon Windrower Front Extension Central NSW

Contract Canola Windrower and Macdon header front owner Nigel Newbiggin from Peak Hill in Central NSW speaks about his need to provide a better service for his tramline farming customers.  Not only are they contract canola harvesters, they’re farmers as well.

SITUATION: They found themselves in the following scenario:

  • They were working in heavy canola crops on behalf of clients in central New South Wales
  • They had a 12 metre wide Macdon windrower front for their self-propelled windrower
  • The Macdon header front did not quite cover the 40 foot sowing or seeder width created by the controlled traffic or tramline farming techniques their clients were using.  The conflict between metric and imperial measures in tramtrack farming was causing all sorts of grief
  • The result was, a) crop was getting left behind b) they had to slow down, reducing productivity, and c) the client was not happy with what looked like a ‘bad haircut’ in the field.
  • Outcome: client unhappy, brothers not happy

PROBLEM: The Newbiggin brothers needed to extend their Macdon windrower front by two feet.

SOLUTION: Header Front Repairs extended each end of the Macdon windrower front by 12 inches or one foot.

ADVANTAGE: The Newbiggin brothers can now cover all their clients canola crops and at a faster rate.  The windrower front works and behaves just like a new one.

BENEFIT: The controlled traffic farming clients are now very happy that all their canola crop is being harvested.  This means repeat business.  Additionally, their self-propelled Macdon windrower is operating at a faster rate, making them more productive.

John Ward | Owner

About John Ward

John Ward is Managing Director of Header Front Repairs in Swan Hill. He participated in his first grain harvest in 1953. As the #1 Header Front repairer in Australia, his team can repair all makes and models of combine harvester fronts. 

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