By | November 29, 2018

Canterbury Contracting started using their Bednar 10 metre multi-disc just over 3 years ago and in that time it’s cultivated in excess of 16,000 hectares with no chance of slowing down. It is one machine in a fleet of 4AG Supplied and Serviced gear that keeps the ground turning over throughout the south Island.

Canterbury Contracting is literally a ‘growing business’ with re-grassing and winter cropping a big part of their operation, to that end the Bednar cultivator is vital to operations, with their plant manager saying they’ve seen no sign of fatigue in the steelwork of the machine and plan to use it well into the future.

“We’re very, very happy with all aspects of it. It’s exceeding our expectations,” they tell us. “The build quality is excellent and also the way the machine is set up means it’s quicker and more productive.”

Those efficiencies also result in needing less of the team on the ground with the machine having a single experienced operator and the capacity to cover more ground than was previously possible.


Ensuring those key areas of installation and follow-up are delivered needs a reliable partner like 4AG. Through the process of testing and trialling, purchase and installation, and ongoing after care 4AG has been integral to the success of Canterbury Contracting.


“We’re pretty well 100% happy with the machine but also with that back up service 4AG provides, the key thing is timing because our rotations are pretty tight so if we ever have a machine down it can be expensive.”

With the 4AG team onboard and clued up on the importance of timing, any parts and service that’s required is met with speed and efficiency – even if that means getting parts to the far end of the country. “Parts back up is extremely good; always timely and easy to deal with, If there’s ever an issue at their end they are straight on the phone to sort it out.”

By working together on finding the right machine for the job and ensuring a smooth ride from demo to delivery to ongoing care Canterbury Contracting and 4AG are getting the very best out of the Bednar 10 metre multi-disc cultivator. That means achieving deadlines quicker as well as earlier planting dates.

“It’s a big investment but the returns are definitely worth it,”

"We milk 2600 cows in both North and South Islands, plus grow maize and various crops on 600 hectares of lease ground. We are constantly developing new ground to bring into production and the 4AG 970's are excellent for chopping up old, heavily thatched pasture and contouring rougher areas. Daily throughput is important to our size operation. so we're pretty happy to be averaging 3-4 hectares/hour!"