Australia’s biggest draper is in demand!

Australia’s biggest draper is in demand!

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Midwest Fabrication Pty Ltd is fast becoming the best in the business, the only Australian made draper on the market is renowned for its high quality harvest platforms.

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Top performance: Joanne and Blake McGrane, McGrane Harvesting, Melbourne, with their children Alexander and Zoe and their 60ft Midwest Durus Premium which Blake used to strip close to 6000 hectares from NSW through to Victoria.

Top performance: Joanne and Blake McGrane, McGrane Harvesting, Melbourne, with their children Alexander and Zoe and their 60ft Midwest Durus Premium which Blake used to strip close to 6000 hectares from NSW through to Victoria.

Midwest Fabrication is fast becoming the best in the business, their unique Australian made draper renowned for its high quality harvest platforms.

Not only do they manufacture the widest harvest platform in the world at a massive 60 foot but they are leading the way in innovation winning multiple awards including Best New Innovation Award, Best Australian Agricultural Machine, Judges Choice for Best Manufacturing Business and 2016 Business of the Year.

Blake McGrane of McGrane Harvesting based out of Melbourne took delivery of his 60ft Midwest Durus Premium prior to summer harvest last year.

Starting his season at Goondiwindi he stripped almost 6000 hectares from NSW through to Victoria.

Blake said he is very impressed with the machines performance.

“On the best day for the season I harvested 800 tonne with my New Holland 9.9 and 60 foot Midwest feeding three road trains, who wouldn’t be happy with that,” he said.         

In 2016 Midwest Fabrication experienced a 50 per cent increase in platforms sold onto New Holland and Case IH customers, they believe this growth has come about from the feeding and height sensor issues that the imported platforms are having with Australia’s fast ground speeds and light crop conditions. They also saw an 80 per cent growth in the sales of 60ft drapers.

Midwest Fabrication general manager Amy Wilkins said customers operating the 18m platforms are stripping 600 to 700 acres per day on their own.

“They are reducing the need for a second combine, reducing fuel costs, labour costs and minimizing capital outlay and getting their crops off significantly faster while operating at slower ground speeds putting less stress on the combines,” she said.

“We expect the 16m and 18m sales to significantly increase in the coming years.”

For more information please visit the Midwest Fabrication website.

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