Header Front Repairs managing director John Ward at the 53rd annual Wimmera Machinery Field Days. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRIWIMMERA FARMER
A SWAN Hill machinery repair company is using the Wimmera Machinery Field Days to teach farmers about common farming mistakes.
Header Front Repairs managing director John Ward said grain farmers and contract harvesting companies continued to experience situations that resulted in their header front being damaged and rendered out of action at critical times.
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He said there were many ways to damage a header front and common incidents included hitting stumps obscured by the crop, uneven terrain, hitting power poles, hitting utes or field bins or misjudging the header’s turning circle.
“Hitting stumps is quite common, as it is an object that can’t been seen when you are travelling along the field in a header,” he said.
“Running into a ute also happens a fair bit – especially if the ute has just been shifted and there isn’t much light or it’s dusty.
“Fatigue, inexperience, and high speeds all contribute to incidents.
“Many contract grain harvesters and grain farmers are under pressure to get their crop off during the season and inevitability, accidents do happen”
Mr Ward said last year he repaired 65 header fronts, and this year he had already fixed 12 fronts.
“The business is now expanding into crop sprayers, because they run into things too,” he said.
“Many farmers experience long hours behind the wheel and those long hours can start to take their toll.
“As a grain farmer, I know what it is like to be on the receiving end of bad news from the paddock.”
Mr Ward said the field days was all about giving people information and customer contact.
“We don’t get many people come and see us at the field days, but if I give out 20 cards in a day, then I’m doing alright,” he said.
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