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Ef­fi­cient drawn scraper buck­ets and in­no­va­tive hay feed­out wag­ons are the main­stays of JN&R En­gi­neer­ing’s busi­ness

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Re­gional Vic­to­rian farm equip­ment man­u­fac­turer JN&R En­gi­neer­ing is cel­e­brat­ing the launch of its new hay feed­out wag­ons, which be­came avail­able to farm­ers and con­trac­tors in July this year.

Both units un­der­went a thor­ough re­search and de­vel­op­ment phase that in­volved the feed­out of more than 1000 hay bales, with a num­ber of de­sign re­touches made and then tested in ac­tion.

The orig­i­nal JN&R En­gi­neer­ing Bale Buggy Round, which was de­signed to feed out even ex­tremely heavy round bales, was de­vel­oped and re­leased in the mid-1980s.

Its abil­ity to carry two bales and feed on both sides, han­dle even tough si­lage bales and di­rect feed through a 3.0-tonne con­veyor chain, made it pop­u­lar with dairy and live­stock farm­ers, ac­cord­ing to JN&R En­gi­neer­ing man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Gino D’An­gelo.

In­cor­po­rat­ing the same chas­sis, the Bale Buggy square model came in the early 2000s, and was specif­i­cally de­signed to feed square hay bales neatly and ef­fi­ciently.

Although not made for round bales, it was ca­pa­ble of feed­ing them as well, giv­ing the unit added ver­sa­til­ity.

The Bale Buggy Square fea­tured an ad­justable mov­ing arm for feed­out con­trol, heavy-duty tines and a slid­ing bale car­riage, and had the abil­ity to use ei­ther a se­lec­tor valve or plug into re­motes.

Fast for­ward 30-odd years and the team at JN&R has un­veiled its new, im­proved BBR-16 (Bale Buggy Round) and BBSR-16 (Bale Buggy Square Round) hay feed­out wag­ons.

D’An­gelo says he is proud of the end re­sult.

“Es­sen­tially we’ve made them more ro­bust, and they have a more ef­fi­cient chain de­sign,” he says.

A large fo­cus of the re­design is on ease of main­te­nance and the abil­ity to get these units to key ex­port mar­kets in Europe and the United States.

“These new mod­els have been built to un­bolt, whereas they used to be fully welded, and we keep spare parts for all the dif­fer­ent com­po­nents of the de­sign,” D’An­gelo says.

The ben­e­fit of this is twofold, in that it makes it eas­ier to ex­port the units over­seas and also makes them eas­ier for me­chan­ics to work on and main­tain.

An­other key as­pect of the new de­sign is the in­clu­sion of big­ger flota­tion tyres that give both units bet­ter ground clear­ance, re­duc­ing the like­li­hood of dam­age to the land.

Re­mov­able mud­guards are an­other new ad­di­tion that D’An­gelo says con­trac­tors and farm­ers who have pur­chased the new units re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate.

“It seems mi­nor, but this is ac­tu­ally re­ally im­por­tant be­cause you can wash them very eas­ily and this stops you from get­ting mud on the hay,” D’An­gelo says.

He is also pleased with the more pol­ished ex­te­rior, say­ing the over­all look of the units is much im­proved and far more stream­lined.

“They are just as tough and re­li­able, but now they look more like pur­pose-built ma­chines,” D’An­gelo says.

“Some peo­ple that I’ve spo­ken to say their old units have fed out over 15,000 bales and they are still go­ing strong.”

The BBRS-16 also now has a tilted floor that can be ad­justed up to a 25-de­gree an­gle, which gives the unit more ver­sa­til­ity for feed­ing square and round bales.

While the re­lease of the lat­est JN&R En­gi­neer­ing feed­out wagon mod­els has the team ex­cited, its fo­cus on man­u­fac­tur­ing drawn scraper buck­ets has not waned.

“Tra­di­tion­ally the HD Se­ries graders have been most pop­u­lar, but I would have to say the L-Se­ries is the scraper model that’s been the most pop­u­lar over the last 18 months – in the com­ing months we will also re­lease a 4.2 LE to add to the range,” D’An­gelo says.

He puts this down to its abil­ity to be pulled by trac­tors un­der

300hp, its rel­a­tive af­ford­abil­ity com­pared to other scrap­ers on the Aus­tralian market, and its large ca­pac­ity.

The com­pany it­self is look­ing to in­crease over­seas ex­ports and in­crease the num­ber of or­ders it gets from farm­ers and con­trac­tors in all states in the years ahead.

“We sup­ply cus­tomers in all states, but we have been sell­ing a lot of units to cus­tomers in north Queens­land, par­tic­u­larly Mackay and Townsville,” D’An­gelo says.

“We are in­creas­ingly look­ing to over­seas mar­kets, par­tic­u­larly Europe and North Amer­ica.”

JN&R En­gi­neer­ing is based in Kyabram and cur­rently has about 30 full-time staff across the ad­min­is­tra­tion, man­u­fac­ture, re­pairs and main­te­nance and spare parts de­part­ments.

The com­pany was founded by John D’An­gelo in 1973 and son Gino be­came man­ag­ing di­rec­tor about a decade ago.

JN&R En­gi­neer­ing’s sec­ond gen­er­a­tion of drawn grader/scraper mod­els of­fer cus­tomers greater ef­fi­ciency and ease of op­er­a­tion. Or­der between now and the end of Oc­to­ber to re­ceive a five per cent dis­count or freight sub­sidy. Call (03) 5852 2444 for more in­for­ma­tion.

The BBSR-16 (Bale Buggy Square) hay feed­out wagon was un­veiled in July

Be­low: The JN&R En­gi­neer­ing BBR-16 (Bale Buggy Round) hay feed­out wagon has also had a de­sign up­grade

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