Buy It Right or Buy It Twice? Why It’s Worth Paying More for Quality

WHAT is quality to you?

It seems we all have differing standards of what ‘quality’ is and is not. What I define as quality might be different from what my friends and peers see as quality. The same ‘looking’ ag equipment may seem to be quality to me… but your perception might be, that it’s design is flawed and it’s made with cheap materials. ‘Australian Made’ might signify quality to some people and to others, it may not signify anything at all!

So should we pay for quality or not? It’s like one of those questions everyone has a different answer to.

We all want the best quality at the lowest price, but we get skeptical if something of the same quality can be found way cheaper. So how do we know what is quality and what is not when it comes to buying Ag componentry and machinery?

It is worth asking ourselves whether the items we buy are offering good value for money. If you pay a smaller amount of money for a set of press wheels for example, but they wear out very quickly compared to paying twice as much for a set that wear in twice the time, then they are equivalent. However, if you find the dearer set last significantly longer, then this will mean that you are getting much better value for money.

No matter how good the equipment is that you buy, it’s inevitable at some point that it will need servicing and maintenance. Although quality equipment usually means that servicing and maintenance is kept to a minimum, buying you time to focus on more important things.

If your farm equipment proves unreliable and needs constant repairs and attention, then it’s going to massively impact your productivity. An unreliable piece of equipment is like an employee that’s always off sick. It’s bad news for everyone. Before employing someone, you’re wise to seek several references to get an idea of that person’s performance over time. In the same way, you should consider the reputation and track history of the brand from which you’re considering a purchase.

It’s good to plan for flexibility and change right from the start. One way you can do this is by making sure you buy equipment that can hold a good re-sale price. That’s usually linked to buying high-quality equipment in the first place.

In general, you should pay more for quality on items that:

  • you use frequently
  • that are critical to your work
  • that separate you from the ground (vehicles / tractors / quad bikes)

The quality of the equipment you keep, directly drives the quality of the results and crops you produce and ultimately the profitability of your farm.

Buying cheap will likely cost you more in the long run.

Quality & Sustainability

Anyone and everyone can use the term ‘Sustainability’ to promote their products and services. If you are truly passionate about sustainability, you need to be prepared to invest a bit more into quality equipment. Quality and Sustainability go hand in hand.

Sustainability is most often defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.

Agricultural machinery is an important input in the agricultural process. It, therefore, has an impact on achieving sustainable agriculture. Good product design will push towards the timely accomplishment of tasks, reduction in post-harvest losses, and enhancement of crop output, resulting in increased farm income.

Sustainable design seeks to reduce negative impacts on the environment. The basic objectives of sustainability are to reduce consumption of non-renewable resources, minimize waste, and create healthy, productive environments.

Sustainable design is the approach to creating products and services that have considered the environmental, social, and economic impacts from the initial phase through to the end of life.

If products are not designed, manufactured, marketed, operated, serviced, and disposed of with due diligence on the sustainability of the overall agroecosystem, disruptions in the socio-economic fabric of the local agriculture-based economy can occur.

Moose Industries aim to design products that can be manufactured smartly, require less maintenance after sale, maintain their re-sale value and have significantly increased life cycles.

Moose Clay Delvers

Moose Industries design, develop and manufacture quality, robust Agricultural Machinery and Componentry. In times of increasing variables and unpredictable environmental conditions, Moose machinery is designed with the future in mind.

Our vision is to give the farmer a higher level of control in regards to optimising machinery features to suit individual farming needs. This enables farming enterprises to make agile decisions when dealing with seasonal, financial and environmental variables, and therefore assist in increasing yields and profit

“Our aim is to provide quality and strength at a realistic price, which in the long term, proves to be the best value for money over the life of that particular product”


Clay Delver

Quality Delvers that support Sustainability:

Moose Industries new Clay Delver has been 3 years in the making. Extensive researched and a meticulous 3D design process has lead to the creation of a Clay Delver that provides desired results, while value adding to farming enterprises due to its strength, efficiency and increased lifespan. At Moose Industries, we are mindful of sustainability. We design and manufacture products that provide increased longevity, with the intention to reduce landfill and to also help increase the sustainability of farm land for future generations. Farmers and corporate organisations can be confident that Moose Clay Delvers can be hired out (to increase value of the machine and increase revenue) and be returned in excellent condition for many years. Moose Clay delvers will be an asset to any farming enterprise or corporate organisation.

To access research articles on Clay Delving and Clay spreading, head to our ‘Resources’ page.

“Moose Industries Delvers are heavy duty and built to last, like the 14 year old delver that is still in it’s original condition and working hard around Esperance in WA”

Moose Clay Delver Standard Features:

  • All Moose Delvers are available from 1 up to 9 tines, with a standard BISALLOY 150mm flat delving plate attached.
  • Models include the ‘Standard Delver’, ‘Drawbar Pitch Delver’ and the popular ‘Tail Pitch’ Delver
  • Moose use a high quality hydraulic system to raise & lower tines.
  • Moose delvers come with heavy duty axles & hubs and high load capacity tyres & rims
  • Designed & Manufactured in Australia

“All Moose Delvers are Designed with longevity in mind. Each Delver is built to be heavy duty to increase the life span and value of the product”.

Clay Delver Information:

  • Moose delvers are open framed for viewing through the drawbar section. The user is able to view the depth indicators and the soil riding up through the delving tines.

  • Leading ripping tines break the ground to create a cavity behind it, which helps the clay to flow to the top resulting in more clay coming to the surface.

  • Tines can be inserted from the top of the tine slides by using frontend loader or forklift. More traditionally the tines can also be drawn back up from the bottom of the tine slide.

  • The tine slides have a tapered top section with wedge plate, so once the clay has risen it busts, pushing the clay to left and right off of the delving tine.

  • Tail pitch delvers give the user a lot more angle adjustment through range of movement, so no matter what depth you are delving at, you will be able to achieve the optimum tine angle.

  • Drawbar pitch delvers allow a certain amount of adjustment, but this is limited in comparison with the tail pitch delver.

  • Standard delvers have a fixed tine angle. When delving at a shallower depth (400-500mm) the tine will be more vertical. The deeper the user goes (800-1200mm) the tine will shift closer to a 45 degree angle.

Quality / Heavy Duty Design & Construction with Hydraulic Depth Adjustment make ‘Moose’ Delvers No.1 & an Important Farm Implement for Improving Soils and Yields“.


Clay Delving Result

Moose Industries Hydraulic Coulters for Sale

A South Australian engineer has developed a hydraulic coulter system to suit fixed frame seeder bars.

Nigel Eckermann, of Moose Industries, said his system was designed to provide a lift mechanism for turning at the end of a row without having to lift the whole bar.

“We saw the need for a coulter to fit on to a fixed frame machine, such as a Seed Hawk, Simplicity SeedMaster, Bourgault Paralink or Morris Contour,” Mr Eckermann said.

“With these machines the frame will lift and the coulters will lift with them to get ground clearance, but our system will just lift the coulters hydraulically.”

He said besides reducing hydraulic load on the tractor in lifting and saving fuel, pressure on the coulter could also be adjusted.

“You can hydraulically adjust the downward pressure to give you a bit more control,” Mr Eckermann said.

“If you’re coming up to a rocky reef, you can either back off the pressure or lift the coulters out of the ground.

“Then when you’re in clear ground again, you can dial up your pressure. The alternative is to get out and manually pin up each coulter unit, which isn’t something people want to do when time’s the issue.”

The system can be controlled from the cabin and the mounts are interchangeable with cheaper spring units.

Mr Eckermann said while prices varied depending on the specification, a spring unit costs about $980 compared to $1400 for the hydraulic version.

“So if you went with an entry level spring system to start with, it can be simply upgraded to hydraulics,” he said.

The disc coulters are imported from South Africa and are made from boron steel.

Large pins and bushes were used for mounting to increase surface area and reduce wear on the pivot points.

Mr Eckermann said while the hydraulic coulters were designed for fixed seeder bars, they could be used on other machines.

Moose Industries grain doors now with remotip integration option

‘Moose Industries’ Tailgate Doors are built tough to withstand the harshest of conditions.

We use an “LA14” actuator which has a Metal body and Stainless Rod (foregoing) LA12 which has a Plastic Body and Rod. The LA14 actuator is a quality, tough actuator, with a high IP degree and aluminum housing. This makes the LA14 actuator ideal for use in harsh and demanding environments. Customers can still choose to use the LA12 actuator to reduce cost, it’s totally up to the consumer.

We use stainless steel in the manufacturing of our Grain Doors to significantly prolong the life of the Grain Door. All of our manual Tailgate Doors are designed to allow an easy upgrade to remote control at any time and are available in Aluminum or Stainless. Overall, our tailgate doors are hard wearing and long lasting and certainly prove to be more cost-effective over time.

Moose Industries have partnered with ‘Remotip’, to offer our customers the option to integrate the ‘Remote Tipper Control’ system with their ‘Moose Industries’ Grain Door.

The system is relatively easy to use. A control box is mounted behind the truck’s cabin.
It taps into the truck’s air lines to raise or lower the tipper hydraulics through a handheld remote control device. The remote control eliminates the need for the driver to keep the truck door open and keep returning to the cabin to operate the trailer hydraulics. The ‘Remotip’ is suitable for single trailer and B-double trucks and can also incorporate other functions onto the same handset like engine and actuator control.

‘Remotip’ Features Include:
• Install anywhere on the truck
• Connect air and power and it’s ready to use
• Uses industry leading Lodar remote controls
• Choice of 3 easy to use remote handsets
• Safety Solenoid stops any movement instantly when activated
• Suitable for all trailer configurations using hydraulic PTO
• Optional inline air filter available
• Over 60 meter (200 feet) range
• Can be used in conjunction with existing PTO controls or as a standalone system
• All components housed in an IP 66 weatherproof enclosure
• Two-year warranty

Moose Industries are excited to be working with ‘Remotip’ to supply the best and toughest Tailgate Doors and Remote Controlled Systems for trucks working in Australia’s harsh conditions.

To find out more visit ‘Remotip’ www.remotip.com.au

SEEDING 2016 (Coulters – Press Wheels – DBS Adaptors)

Seeding season 2016 is fast approaching…we hope you were all able to relish in some ‘down time’ during the holidays. We have been working hard to make sure that our designs for Coulters, Hydraulic Coulters, Press Wheels and Grain Doors, are still the most robust and innovative on the market.

We have recently updated our design software, and are excited to be able to use the most up to date 3D modelling tools to animate and test our designs for durability and efficiency. Not only do our products look good, they are smart, innovative and robust. Moose Industries Press Wheels, Coulters and Grain doors are ready to serve you this seeding season.

Orders are essential, to ensure timely delivery of your Coulters and Press Wheels. At present, we manufacture to order, in Australia. Your Coulters and Press Wheels can be assembled by Moose Industries, or alternatively, we can flat pack them to be assembled by you, reducing costs to you.

Moose Industries DBS Adaptors are available, to update your DBS axles and save you, the farmer, on down time during seeding 2016. For more information on our DBS Coulter Adaptors, please contact us by your preferred method, during business hours.