The Rata Blog

Discover innovations, news and tips from NZ's own farm machinery attachments manufacturer.

Sam Searle

Skidsteer Grapple Review (VIDEO)- See why Ben Lawson switched from a 4-in-1 bucket to a Rata Power Claw!

Posted by Sam Searle on Sep 16, 2022 8:23:00 AM

After a cyclone knocked down 13km of fences & a couple of thousand tonnes of timber the team at Monte Carlo Store Creek Pty Ltd was in need of an effective bit of gear to clean up & add to the operation. The 4-in-1 bucket just wasn't cutting it. Check out the video to see & hear why they chose to switch to a Power Claw grapple to get the job done & how that decision has improved the way they do things ever since.


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Topics: Tractor Grapples

Tractor Grapple Review (VIDEO) - Jason Conn, Blayney NSW Australia

Posted by Sam Searle on Sep 7, 2022 11:47:01 AM

Faced with large tracts of overgrown land Jason Conn from 'Sugar-Loaf' near Blayney NSW was after a capable bit of gear that he could rely on to clear scrub, trees, and overgrowth and return the land to productivity. Listen and watch as he tells & shows us how the Power Claw Tractor Grapple has helped him!


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Topics: Working Smarter, Tractor Grapples

Custom build Power Claw, the best yet?

Posted by Sam Searle on Mar 30, 2022 5:04:41 PM

When we were approached by Nigel Watson of Lucindale South Australia, he was wanting the best designed & built Power Claw grapple to suit his new JCB TM420. Knowing that the Rata Power Claw is as good as it gets when comes to multipurpose grapple rakes, it was a given the design & build would be that of a Rata unit. But not wanting to leave it there, after a few rounds of revisions we settled on a design that all agreed was 'the best yet'. Check out the footage of it getting to know its new home turf, see what Nigel has to say!


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Topics: Material Handling, Working Smarter, Tractor Grapples

Subsoil Aerators V Aerators - The difference & why it matters

Posted by Sam Searle on Aug 31, 2021 3:59:34 PM

In this month’s blog we thought we’d briefly address the difference there is between ‘Subsoil Aeration’ & ‘Aeration’ – yes, that one additional word makes a big difference!

Often when agricultural landowners first become interested in Subsoil Aeration due to the many benefits it offers, a common point of confusion can be around figuring the difference between a ‘Subsoil Aerator’ and an ‘Aerator’ and how they differ in application & final result.

Ultimately, the difference is in the one single additional word ‘Subsoil’ so let’s see what that means.


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Topics: Pasture & Crop Management, Soil Aeration & Drainage