When Rod Lucas invested in a second-hand mixer, the most critical part he needed was knives. To make that happen, he called BSC in Wagga Wagga – and, as always, they delivered.
“We moved over to a mixer to optimise the weight gain of our cattle and reduce the amount of wasted fodder – we bought a used mixer with the aim to fix it up,” explains Rod, who runs the Gundagai branch of his family business, Lucas General Contractors.
“The knives are the most important part of the mixer, as these cut the fodder, silage and hay to make it a finer more palatable product. We were chasing the right knives to fit the mixer and called BSC. The knives they sent over were a perfect fit.”
Mitch Chaffer, NSW Agriculture business development manager, knew exactly what type of knives would do the job for Rod.
“I’ve known Rod for some time now, and he came to me looking for a new solution. He was having problems with his wagon knives breaking down,” he recalls. “The knives I recommended are an after-market product made especially for the Jay-Lor® mixing machines – they are heat-treated, Tungsten Hardfaced and easy to mount and dismount.”
Mitch provided Rod with high-performance knives made by Kooima® Ag, a US company that specialises in manufacturing replacement parts for agricultural machines including mixer wagon knives.
“Through our holding company Motion Asia Pacific, we are able to import these products from the US,” enthuses Mitch. “The Kooima Ag brand is well-known in the US and their knives are made with exclusive features such as the tungsten carbide insert cutting surface. They perform extremely well in the field because of their superior quality.”
The Kooima Ag mixer knives have fared well for Rod, who farms as well as provides a slew of agricultural-related services to other farmers in Gundagai and its surrounds.
“We provide farm contracting services and perform steel fabrication, maintenance, and build and repair of farm sheds. We also offer plowing, sowing, spraying and silage/ hay baling,” details Rod. “In terms of machinery we own a single disc seeder, speed tiller, hay mowers, hay balers, silage wrapper, loaders and two prime movers with trailers for general cartage and freight. We mostly cart fodder for all of our clients.”
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