High-Quality Equipment for Agriculture

Countrywide Engineering

Australia is one of the world’s largest agricultural producers, and farms cover 61 per cent of the country’s land mass. As a result, designing and manufacturing durable and reliable machinery that suits Australia’s climate is extremely important to the success of farm operations. Countrywide Engineering provides the services and processing needed to construct high-quality equipment for Australian farms.

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Headquartered in the heart of The Riverina in the town of Wagga Wagga, Countrywide Engineering services residential and commercial fabrication, construction, installation throughout the Riverina Region in southwestern NSW, Northern Victoria, and the ACT. Noted for its flat terrain, warm climate and ample water supply, The Riverina has become one of the most productive and agriculturally diverse areas of Australia. In addition, Countrywide also manufactures and ships small parts and products around Australia and internationally, meeting a variety of agricultural, mining, telecommunications and trade needs.

The company is dedicated to providing its customers with a world-class manufacturing service. This commitment to service is seen in the quality of the company’s products and its responsibility to customers, employees, and the broader community. Countrywide Engineering has identified these responsibilities as being fundamental to the business’ success.

This high level of customer service is provided by offering the tools needed to simplify projects and deliver products that improve quality of life for clients. The diversification, flexibility and resilience are factors in the success and character of Countrywide Engineering’s mission and commitment to its clients.

Among its diverse range of services including Machinery, Construction Services, and Manufacturing, Countrywide Engineering provides a versatile and reliable range of harvesting machinery purpose built for Australian conditions. For example, the company has designed and built Vertical Knives for farmers throughout the country over the past 25 years. These hydraulic vertical knives are known for their reliability and versatility and are designed to be configurable with most combine harvesters and easily modified to suit most crops. Driven by an 80cc hydraulic motor, Countrywide’s vertical knives can handle the diverse cropping requirements of farmers. This hydraulic system maintains a steady 160 to 240 cycle-per-minute to the knife bodies, ensuring steady cutting action that keeps going for as long as needed.

The company’s vertical knives are designed and engineered in RH and LH configurations. The knives are mounted on the cutting tables using adaptors (RH and LH) that are specifically designed to fit all makes and models of pick up fronts.

The Countrywide 2000 Series Draper Pick up Front is designed and built in Australia specifically for the country’s crop conditions. With its years of harvesting experience with canola, lupins and cereals, Countrywide Engineering designed every possible feature relating to the components, configuration and performance to develop this model. The Pick Up Front has two belt four driven roller systems to deliver maximum driving effort to the pickup belts, giving them the ability to tease windrow lumps apart without stalling out; meanwhile, a longer, flatter ramp angle will minimise windrow disturbance when travelling at faster harvesting speeds.

The Draper 2000 Series Pick Up front is built with a strong durable framework, greaseable bearings and taper-lock sprockets for the draper rollers, anti-flutter control and adjustable-height stubble damage protection for the castor gauge wheels, and user-friendly wind and cover guards, together with many more special features including a strong table auger with retractable fingers and a flighting layout especially designed for windrow handling. This gives the Countrywide 2000 series Draper Pick Up front exceptional reliability, strength, serviceability and even more importantly, a very capable crop handling ability in heavy or difficult windrows.

Farmers can fit and configure the front to most makes of combine harvesters by simply removing and exchanging the changeover back panel adaptor, a re-locatable PTO drive lay shaft, bolt-on flight extensions and demountable retractable fingers.

The Draper 2014 Series Pick Up Front has all the features of the original model, but is now wider and redesigned to suit the changing needs of its customers. New and exciting features added to the 2014 series include a flotation system, which is also available for retrofitting earlier models of fronts and a trash screen as a standard inclusion. The 2014 series front now has increased strength in the belt drive rollers. The drive system has also been expertly modified and reconfigured to place increased dispersion on sprockets and rollers.

At Countrywide Engineering’s construction division, the company creates a number of products from its workshop. The company manufactures steel frames, steel trusses, beams, carports, metal railings, sheds, kit homes, steel guard rails, and other custom designs for its clients. The company also provides full shade sail service from design and manufacturing up to installation onsite. Steel framed and tensile fabric shade sails are customised and designed to create long lasting, functional outdoor spaces, from school pools, playgrounds, and parking lots to alfresco dining spaces, home dining areas, and carports.

Countrywide’s shade cloth fabrics are available in a wide variety of colours and offer 90+ UV Protection, important in a country like Australia where skin cancer has been an issue. Shade sails are manufactured in Countrywide’s own factory based on the requirements of its customers, ensuring quality control over all aspects of supply, installation and delivery.

Shade sails are designed with double layered seatbelt webbing to create the strongest possible corners; marine grade high gauge stainless steel corner pieces to prevent wind stress and twisting are also a part of the design.

For shade sail posts, round, square and rectangular steel sections are used in production in a multitude of sizes, lengths, thicknesses and finishes. Countrywide Engineering uses the highest quality, heavy duty, Australian made galvanised pipe in the manufacturing process. The steel and shade materials are manufactured and sourced locally, guaranteeing the highest possible quality with the best durability in exposed conditions.

With its extensive experience designing and engineering agricultural equipment, Countrywide Engineering has recently started manufacturing custom made parts in its workshop. Company designers have the expertise to create concepts and still keep an eye squarely focused on how the design will work for clients. By keeping focused on these outcomes, Countrywide can ensure the entire process is completed to the highest quality.

Once the design is complete, the next step is to manufacture the prototype to ensure the part is made correctly and does the job it is designed to do. Engineers study every step to make sure that the processes are just right to deliver a high-quality result during the prototyping stage. During this phase, testing the product and the process to engineer the product are important to ensure clients get the results they need for the product to work. The manufacturing step isn’t even started until each step passes the prototyping tests.

Countrywide’s rigorous processes have enabled the team to develop high-quality parts that are competitive in the market and exceed industry standards. Some products manufactured include brackets and cover strips, as well as parts needed for vertical knives and header fronts.

For over a quarter-century, Countrywide Engineering has created high-quality products to meet the needs of the Australian agricultural industry. With its commitment to the Riverina Region and the country as a whole, the company will continue to develop farm equipment that meets the unique needs of the Australian climate and environment for years to come.

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