Haeusler Farm Supplies is a Mallee based John Deere dealer. The company supplies harvesters and associated equipment to privately owned agricultural properties throughout the East Coast and South Australia.
Lou Haeusler said “Owner-operators are very time poor these days. Anything that gives property owners and their families some rest at the end of the day is highly valued.
Farmers know what they want and are learning there is optional equipment available that may make them more efficient or save money on maintenance. Customers see the cost of installing items such as Groeneveld automatic greasing systems as a small percentage of their investment in a machine.
On harvesters there are up to 45 greasing points and on self propelled spraying systems up to 75. Greasing needs to be done throughout a machine at intervals that range from 10-100 hours.
Greasing one sprayer correctly takes two to three hours, however the Groeneveld system applies the correct metered dose of grease to specific points and automatically regulates the frequency and amount of grease applied. Larger properties of between 3,200-4,100ha see enormous savings as their equipment often works around the clock in harvesting periods.
Because we program the machine for three hour greasing intervals instead of the customary manual greasing every 10 or 50 hours, any wear is minimal and makes the machine a lot more reliable – and significantly reduces the volume of grease used.
We find that machines manually greased at longer intervals were tending to fail by the end of the season – those with Groeneveld automatic greasing systems had no problems whatsoever.
Australia’s distinctively abrasive dust makes maintenance a more pressing issue. Now we be hire out harvesters so it’s even more critical for us that these machines are maintained ‘on the job’. We will be installing Groeneveld systems on these machines so we know they will be maintained properly”.