Arguments about whether tracks or duals are the best option for getting power to the ground in farming will go on for ever, but duals are the staple on tractors in New Zealand.
The RMH wagon, supplied in 2004 by Stovelaar Machinery, is a self-propelled VS-18 model that has clocked up an impressive 33,675 hours.
The 18cu.m machine, with one auger, has spent 6 - 7 hours daily for 14 years producing a TMR ration for 1200 cows.
It’s obviously well-built, and the company says its longevity results from regular service and maintenance.
It has twice had a new Deutz engine and new hydraulic pumps; its vertical mixing auger has been replaced four times.
Otherwise parts replacement has been limited to normal wear and tear.