Primo planter

A Gess­ner Land­mas­ter planter is prov­ing a point in Goondi­windi

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This might sound like a big call but agron­o­mist and farmer An­drew Arthur of Arthur Agri­cul­ture is adamant that the Gess­ner Land­mas­ter (pic­tured) is the best broad­acre planter he has ever used.

That’s right, folks, an­other Aus­tralian-made prod­uct get­ting the tick of ap­proval by lo­cal farm­ers.

Arthur, who runs his own agri­cul­tural con­sul­tancy busi­ness out of Goondi­windi, Queens­land, had been us­ing Gess­ner prod­ucts for eight years through his clien­tele un­til de­cid­ing re­cently that enough was enough – he must have his own.

The build qual­ity and longevity of the Land­mas­ter is what makes it spe­cial, Arthur says. In fact, he be­lieves the Land­mas­ter is a prod­uct that his grand­chil­dren will be us­ing one day.

“The first thing peo­ple look at when buy­ing ma­chin­ery – in­clud­ing us – is value for money and Gess­ner, I be­lieve, has al­ways made ma­chin­ery that lasts,” he says.

“We run an agri­cul­tural con­sul­tancy busi­ness as well as our own farm­ing en­ter­prise, op­er­at­ing in a pretty tough area [Goondi­windi]. We have some pretty ex­treme weather con­di­tions out here.

“Be­cause we op­er­ate in such an ex­treme in­dus­try with ex­treme weather con­di­tions, we look for a ma­chine that’s go­ing to tough it out,” Arthur says.

“Through our con­sul­tancy busi­ness, we’ve worked with many other brands and I’ve seen many of th­ese other ma­chines just fall to bits.”

Arthur also farms grain, which he says is a tough task in Goondi­windi due to the dry, com­pact soil.

“We do a thing called ‘mois­ture seek­ing’ – it’s when we plant into six to eight inches of dry, hard, com­pact soil,” he says.

With chang­ing weather cy­cles, the mois­ture-seek­ing process has be­come more com­mon, now hap­pen­ing six to seven years out of a decade.

“We do it very reg­u­larly and I see ma­chines just sim­ply break; they just can’t han­dle it over a pe­riod of time,” Arthur says. “A ma­chine can do it for a few sea­sons but the Gess­ners seem to be able to do it year af­ter year with pre­cise seed place­ment, while also be­ing ex­tremely re­li­able and re­quir­ing min­i­mal main­te­nance,” he adds.

Such a large ma­chine needs a fair bit of grunt to pull it, so Arthur and his team use a John Deere 8360 tracked trac­tor and con­sis­tently plant at 11km/h.

Gess­ner In­dus­tries Toowoomba man­ager Ray Fin­nie says the Land­mas­ter is the com­pany’s most pop­u­lar broad­acre ma­chine and, like Arthur, be­lieves this is be­cause of its durable con­struc­tion, in­clud­ing heavy-duty 3-bar frames built from 100 x 100 x 9 RHS or 178 x 178 x 9 RHS.

“We get a lot of feed­back from cus­tomers who are ex­tremely happy with the Land­mas­ter’s pen­e­tra­tion abil­ity and its abil­ity to dig down to nine or 10 inches and not break down,” he says. Stan­dard Land­mas­ter con­fig­u­ra­tions range from 12m to 24m with tine spac­ing rang­ing from 333mm to 500mm. Cus­tom con­fig­u­ra­tions are also avail­able.

Hy­draulic sin­gle-fold and dou­ble-fold op­tions are avail­able, as are var­i­ous link­age op­tions de­pend­ing on ma­chine size and cus­tomer spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

Th­ese in­clude three-point link­age for smaller ma­chines and float­ing trail­ing hitches ap­pli­ca­ble to all mod­els.

GESS­NER PA­TRIOT PLANTER

Along­side the flag­ship Land­mas­ter, the Aussie com­pany has been show­cas­ing its new, smaller Pa­triot planter on the field days cir­cuit.

The re­cently re­leased Pa­triot is also Aus­tralian built and comes avail­able in six frame con­fig­u­ra­tions with the seven-sec­tion, 36m Pa­triot be­ing Gess­ner’s big­gest.

Each frame fea­tures three 100mm x 100mm x 9mm tool­bars, pur­pose built to ac­com­mo­date row spac­ing.

The Pa­triot fea­tures a par­al­lel­o­gram tine row unit that fea­tures a ver­sa­tile shank with sin­gle, dual, paired-row and liq­uid­in­jec­tion out­let op­tions, an un­der­frame work­ing height of 900mm, and semi-pneu­matic V-shaped press wheels.

Pa­triot de­signer and en­gi­neer Paul An­der­son says it is aimed at farm­ers who plant at 250mm-300mm row spac­ings, at a depth of up to 150mm and was de­signed to fill a void in the mar­ket. “We had a sim­ple ma­chine and a very com­plex ma­chine and we felt the Pa­triot would fit nicely in the mid­dle,” he says.

“We are try­ing to push into mar­kets we haven’t been be­fore, such as south­ern New South Wales, Vic­to­ria, South Aus­tralia and West­ern Aus­tralia, where we feel the pa­triot is more suited.”

The Pa­triot, which made its first pub­lic ap­pear­ance this year at AgQuip Field Days, is Gess­ner’s new­est prod­uct and was in­spired by the fact that there are lim­ited ma­chines of sim­i­lar de­sign and use.

The Farms & Farm Ma­chin­ery team also caught up with

Gess­ner owner Michael O’Con­nor at the re­cent Henty Ma­chin­ery Field Days to talk about the new Pa­triot, which was front and cen­tre at its site.

“Ev­ery­thing is Aus­tralian made, made in Toowoomba, and we be­lieve that its qual­ity and very com­pet­i­tive price is the sell­ing point of our prod­ucts,” O’Con­nor says.

“The Land­mas­ter has been built for 12 years, and we be­lieve that the first Land­mas­ter changed hands this year,” he says, “so farm­ers, when they buy our equip­ment, know they are buy­ing a piece of ma­chin­ery that should be on their farm for decades. It doesn’t mat­ter if it’s a seeder or a deep-rip­per or even our cot­ton gear.”

A ma­chine can do it for a few sea­sons but the Gess­ners seem to be able to do it year af­ter year with pre­cise seed place­ment

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