The Raikes family has been servicing the agricultural machinery needs of the Foxton community since 1956, when Kenneth Raikes opened K.C. Motors on Main Street.
At the time, Ken was a town supply dairy farmer, milking 25 cows on nine acres. Not surprisingly, it was a bit of a struggle raising a large family on such a modest income, so K.C. Motors was his way of topping it up. The original garage was a two-bowser operation, selling Europa petrol and oil, along with Austin and Skoda cars.
Foxton serviced a large rural area, so it wasn’t long before Ken Raikes starting thinking about the possibilities beyond the forecourt. Within 10 years of opening, he took on the agencies for SAME Tractors (NZ’s first 4WD tractor) and the newly arrived Honda farm bikes. These were followed soon after by Taarup and Flailmaster hay equipment.
By 1981, K.C. Motors had grown to the point where it could be split in half for the two eldest sons. Alan Raikes took on the farm machinery side of the business and renamed it Foxton Machinery.
In 1997, the company began importing grass and cultivation equipment from Europe, and in 2002 changed the name of the company to 4 Seasons Agriculture. In 2011, a new company was formed, 4AG Ltd, which is now owned and managed by Alan’s three sons.
Three generations of industry experience has taught us the value of quality gear.