Picking the right equipment

Picking the right equipment

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Graeme Draper, Rockpicking Central, has been impressed with his Schulte equipment including the SRW1400 Rock Windrower.

Graeme Draper, Rockpicking Central, has been impressed with his Schulte equipment including the SRW1400 Rock Windrower.

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The ongoing drought has shown up more and more rocky areas to producers, seeing a growing need for rock removal contractors throughout the state.

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The ongoing drought has shown up more and more rocky areas to producers, seeing a growing need for rock removal contractors throughout the state.

One such contractor is Graeme Draper's Rockpicking Central which operates in the Central West region.

Mr Draper uses a Schulte SRW1400 Rock Windrower and a Schulte HR8000 Rock Picker.

He has had his equipment for nearly three years and could not be happier with the gear.

"My Schulte equipment has done exactly what I wanted it to," Mr Draper said.

"A lot of the time when I'm doing a job, the customer is surprised at what my Schulte gear can do.

"The SRW1400 has been great and I have had no real issues with it.

"From a reliability standpoint, it has been very good.

"The HR8000 picker has many features, but I really like its ability to be transported easily.

"It folds up behind the tractor or the ute and is ready to move.

"On close jobs I just tow it behind the tractor, but on jobs which are a bit further away I tow it behind my F250 ute.

"Also, it can unload the rocks directly into a tipper which saves the customer having to load them in later."

Mr Draper did not have any experience in rock picking, but said that Schulte made it easy for him.

"As I hadn't done this work before I bought the equipment, I wasn't sure exactly what I needed," he said.

"Schulte made it really easy to set it up.

"I could easily have got the SRW1000 instead, but they said to get the SRW1400.

"I need to do less runs, covering more country, and that means less time in the paddock.

"This has then allowed me to finish the job quicker and move on to the next one."

Mr Draper said that while he has had no real issues, Schulte has been great with parts.

"When I have needed it, Schulte have been good with spare parts as well," he said.

"Anytime I have needed a part it has been there which has minimised any downtime.

"I couldn't be happier with Schulte and my gear."

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