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Casey-lee Cranston

Casey-lee Cranston

Loader Attachments Review

Posted by Casey-lee Cranston on Jan 2, 2023 10:18:00 AM

Will Bailey let's us know his review on a range of Rata Loader Attachments. 'Strong, Reliable and Durable'. Find out what he has to say on the Bale Grabs, Bale Forks, Silage Sabre, Hay Forks and Combo Set.


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Topics: Material Handling, Bale Handling & Storage, attachments, Tractor Grapples

Loader Attachments and Quick Hitch Review

Posted by Casey-lee Cranston on Dec 1, 2022 10:02:00 AM

"We have tried all the other brands and we are stuck on Rata and are looking at another set in the near future. We started with the Rata brand back in the old days and we have stuck with it and always specifically order Rata. Really happy with these quick hitches and we wouldn't use anything else".


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Topics: Bale Handling & Storage, attachments, Tractor Grapples

Who Wants Broken Tines?

Posted by Casey-lee Cranston on Nov 11, 2022 9:57:30 AM

Most of us that use forks or rakes of any kind will be able to recall that moment of a bent or broken tine, and we know how it happened, right?

It's not what you want part way through any job because it's going to effect productivity and in the case of the silage, often the broken parts are nowhere to be found and you know the lost part is going to damage something else like a chopper or tyre...best case is the broken part is found before the damage is done. Not to mention the replacement cost.

There is no telling, tines get used for everything in between being used for their intended purpose, so a broken tine can be expected through shear overloading or impact. 


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Topics: Working Safer, Bale Handling & Storage, Working Smarter, attachments

Saving Costs On Farm, With Prices Increasing

Posted by Casey-lee Cranston on Aug 1, 2022 10:00:00 AM

In recent times and 2022 especially, Farmers have had to reassess the budget as costs continue to rise. With higher fuel costs, increased costs on fertiliser going up 30-50%, price increase on machinery and facing supply issues or delays in stock, increasing interest rates, rising costs of energy, rates, wages and audits. In turn creating farmers to be cautious to try and save costs on farms.

Statistics New Zealand released it’s latest farm expense price index and it showed large inflation costs for farmers over the past two years. They reported that four key farming costs have experienced inflation of more than 10% between 2019 and 2021. Electricity increased by 21%, while the cost of fertiliser, animal feed, and cultivation, harvesting, and stock grazing charges increased by 15.9%, 18.9%, and 21%, respectively, from the previous year. Food remains in high demand worldwide, particularly dairy goods. However, there is a limited supply due to inadequate manufacturing and high input prices globally. Meaning world food prices are a third higher than this time last year. Due to port delays and closures associated with covid, shipping costs are generally 600% more than they were two years ago.


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Topics: Insider, Fertiliser Spreading, Tips, Hacks & How To's, Working Smarter, Soil Aeration & Drainage