The Rata Blog

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

Sam Searle

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

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

6 Tips to get the most from your Silage Stack

Posted by Sam Searle on Sep 30, 2020 4:12:34 PM

Like most things in agriculture, there is no one way that a certain task is to be done. Farmers & Contractors the world over will have differing opinions on the best way to make a silage stack or bunker, and no one is necessarily wrong! Different geographic locations & local conditions can call for different ways of doing things. However, the principles for making a good silage stack or bunker remain the same.


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Topics: Silage & Winter Feed Handling, Silage Making Tips

Instant Asset Write Off! (AU & NZ)

Posted by Sam Searle on May 28, 2020 9:14:12 AM

Both the New Zealand & Australian governments have announced economic stimulus packages which can be of benefit to farmers and agricultural contractors. While each differ from the other we will give you a broad outline of each below with relevant links to other helpful resources.


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Topics: Insider