Spread CRED

The Lan­daco Max­is­pread Spread Pro Se­ries of vari­able rate spread­ers is win­ning prizes – and or­ders

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The Max­is­pread Spread Pro se­ries of vari­able rate spread­ers from Lan­daco Equip­ment is win­ning plau­dits – and or­ders – for its engi­neer­ing and ca­pa­bil­ity, not least at the Henty Ma­chin­ery Field Days, where it won the 2016 TMA Ma­chine of the Year prize.

“A lot of thought has gone into the util­i­sa­tion of the ma­chines for both lime and urea ap­pli­ca­tions,’’ Henty Ma­chin­ery Field Day di­rec­tor Nigel Scheetz says.

“It has the ca­pa­bil­ity to spread urea out to 36 me­tres and is set up for con­trolled traf­fic and to suit spe­cific cus­tomer re­quire­ments, wheel cen­tres and tyre spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

“It can be used for a mul­ti­tude of prod­ucts such as gyp­sum, lime, gran­u­lated and prilled fer­tiliser, com­posts and ma­nures.”

Lan­daco di­rec­tor Peter Con­nor is com­bin­ing his engi­neer­ing skills with knowl­edge gleaned from a ca­reer spent in the spread­ing in­dus­try to con­tinue the com­pany’s tra­di­tion of de­sign and man­u­fac­tur­ing started by his late fa­ther, Nor­man Con­nor.

The Spread Pro Se­ries ma­chines are the cul­mi­na­tion of con­stant de­vel­op­ment, Peter says, and in­clude a num­ber of fea­tures that make them more ver­sa­tile.

“The Max­is­pread Spread Pro se­ries ma­chines are set up with pro­por­tional di­rect hy­draulic drive to the con­veyor and are built weight scale ready, which al­lows our equip­ment to be com­pat­i­ble with elec­tronic con­trollers on var­i­ous trac­tors brands,’’ he says.

“The SP se­ries ma­chine is de­signed so the L36 1100mm two-blade pre­ci­sion urea spin­ners can be taken off, and the 800mm dished four-blade spin­ner disc quickly in­ter­changed for lime, gyp­sum, and ma­nure spread­ing.”

Peter adds that there are op­tional cam­eras to mon­i­tor the feed of the prod­uct off the back of the ma­chine from the trac­tor cabin, which gives the op­er­a­tor the ben­e­fit of see­ing the spreader work­ing.

“The ma­chines have an ac­cess lad­der on the front for view­ing, fully en­closed drive line, and safety bars on the back,” he says. “There are op­tions on the Max­is­pread ma­chines where the rear auto door closes au­to­mat­i­cally when the spin­ners shut down.

“Peo­ple like the sim­plic­ity of the ma­chine and the mod­u­lar con­cept where the ma­chine can adapt to dif­fer­ent wheel bases and tyre specs, spin­ner sys­tems for var­i­ous widths and con­trolled traf­fic.’’

Re­fer­ring to the TMA Ma­chine of the Year prize, Trac­tor and Ma­chin­ery As­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Gary

Northover says many of the past win­ners of the award had gone on to be­come house­hold names and play an in­te­gral role in the ru­ral in­dus­try.

“This award is pre­sented an­nu­ally to recog­nise the best new Aus­tralian-de­signed and built agri­cul­tural ma­chine,” he says.

Peter ac­cepted the award and says he’s grate­ful to re­ceive the recog­ni­tion.

“It is nice, as an Aus­tralian man­u­fac­turer, to be recog­nised,” he says. “Field days pro­vide a great place to catch up with new and ex­ist­ing clients.

“We have had good feed­back from our cus­tomers, with farm­ers lik­ing the con­stant de­vel­op­ment of the prod­uct and adap­ta­tion to the lat­est tech­nolo­gies avail­able.”

He says that word of mouth and the pas­sion peo­ple dis­play about a prod­uct when it meets or ex­ceeds their ex­pec­ta­tions is a ma­jor rea­son Lan­daco is re­ceiv­ing new or­ders for spread­ers ev­ery day.

Lan­daco has re­mod­elled many of its com­po­nents from stain­less steel to in­crease their longevity.

Along with all mild steel com­po­nents they are shot-blasted and painted in high-grade, two-pack enamel as in­di­vid­ual parts, and then as­sem­bled in its fac­tory in Wagga Wagga, south­ern NSW.

LAN­DACO’S BACK­GROUND

For over 30 years Lan­daco has de­vel­oped a tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced range of spread­ers that can be adapted to suit all facets of farm­ing. It now sup­plies link­age and trail­ing fer­tiliser and ma­nure spread­ers from two tonnes to 35 tonnes. Nor­man Con­nor was a farmer from Hay, NSW, who es­tab­lished an agri­cul­tural ma­chin­ery sales busi­ness in the early 1980s.

As a de­sign en­gi­neer with skills in weld­ing and com­puter draft­ing, Nor­man de­signed a pro­to­type which dis­pensed with chain dis­trib­u­tors and other un­gainly com­po­nents, re­plac­ing them with a belt-driven spreader, hy­draulic spin­ners and sleek, un­clut­tered lines.

Peter joined the busi­ness in 1985 and also op­er­ated a con­tract spread­ing busi­ness.

As the con­tract­ing busi­ness grew, the lim­i­ta­tions of spread­ing equip­ment in the mar­ket be­came ev­i­dent to both fa­ther and son.

Peter says the de­sign used to­day had its ge­n­e­sis in the com­pany’s 1980s ma­chines, which were tested un­der the heavy de­mands of the con­tract fer­tiliser spread­ing busi­ness. As pro­duc­tion for the Lan­daco spreader in­creased to meet de­mands, it was nec­es­sary to out­source some of the pro­duc­tion. With time, how­ever, it be­came ev­i­dent that a move to a larger cen­tre with greater con­trol over pro­duc­tion from the com­pany’s own fac­tory would be a nec­es­sary next step.

In 1997 the com­pany, now man­aged by Peter, re­lo­cated to Wagga.

As a cen­tre pro­vid­ing ru­ral ser­vices to the Rive­rina re­gion, Peter says Wagga has proven an ideal lo­ca­tion for Lan­daco Equip­ment to con­tinue to de­velop, man­u­fac­ture and mar­ket agri­cul­tural ma­chin­ery, and from which to ex­pand its cus­tomer and dealer net­works around Aus­tralia. For more in­for­ma­tion call 1800 358 600 or visit the Lan­daco web­site: www.lan­daco.com.au

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