Carryalls (P/N 0130 & 0135)
We make two sizes of carryall, the 6’ x 3’6” and 4’ x 3’. Both feature a hardwood floor. We prefer to use wood as objects being carried on the carryall ride better on wood compared to steel. As new green hardwood can have a tendancy to shrink whilst it is drying out, Berends occasionally have to insert a new filler board in on new models to compensate. However they do not shrink any further after this. The beauty of the Berends carryall is that it only takes 5 minutes to add replacement boards as the board support bars are not welded all the way, therefore allowing easy access.
- The 4’ x 3’ has bolt on lower link pins, which can be fitted inwards for use on compact tractors. The 6’ x 3’ 6” has removable side stays, and has Cat 1 lower pins.
- Carrying capacity is largely dependent on the tractor, however for an evenly distributed load the 4’ x 3’ will carry approx 700kg and the 6’ x 3’6” 1000kg.
- Both are fitted with pipe sections at the rear so a bar can be dropped in to stop objects like posts rolling off the back.
- Weight approx. 4’ - 60kg, 6’ - 100kg.
Comparisons against other brands: Extremely well priced due to the shear volume we make. Many use pine boards which are too light and easily split. They are also not easy to replace as they are completely welded in place. Many imported Chinese ones do not have the same carrying capacity.
Vet Cattle Crushes (P/N 0167)
The vet crush has a walk through bailgate, meaning the animal’s head is trapped by the gate and as it is opened it walks out. The bailgate consists of two panel doors which slide together. These doors are operated by a lever at the rear of the crush, making it easy to get the animal to go through to the gate. To release the animal the locking ratchet is released and the lever lifted. This crush is very fast to use. The bailgate has two sets of lugs which a bar can be put through to restrain the animal’s head. The gate can be operated with a bar in the lugs to stop animals bolting through. The gates are parallel, so it does not matter if the animal’s head is caught at the lower or top end of the gates – it cannot get out. Some gates operate in a “Vee” in which case there are wider and narrower parts to the gate and the animal can sometimes move its head to a wider part and escape. The parallel action also means quite small animals can be held in the crush. The sliding gates run on eight nylon rollers, which make it quiet, smooth, easy to operate and almost maintenance free. The ratchet which holds the gate shut is a double ratchet to give fine incremental adjustment – which can make the difference between an animal being held and escaping. No baulk cage? We used to fit a caulk cage but as operators found it much faster not to use them we no longer fit them. If you use one you have to go round the front of the crush twice to open and close the baulk cage for each animal. The presence of the baulk cage also tends to stop animals wanting to walk through the crush.
The crush features full length split side gates, the left hand gates opening at the front (hinging from the rear) to allow and alternative draft out or a calf to be put in. The split gates mean operations such as a subcutaneous injection can be done with only the top gate open, to prevent the animal from moving around. The lower part of the gate is panelled with zinc-alume steel panels. The side gates have lugs to put the bar which is supplied behind the animal to push it up. These lugs are protected by a covering rod. The right hand side gates open from the back and hinge at the front, giving an alternative draft in and also allowing this gate to swing in to give a side squeeze. This side squeeze is held by the chain supplied which fits in the retaining lugs at the back of each side gate. The side gates are fitted with zinc plated easy release spring catches so they can be slammed shut. The rear gate can be set to open to the right or the left.
The crush is very heavy and strong – but critical to the strength of any crush is how it is fixed down. The standard crush has four foot plates each with two holes for 20mm (3/4”) bolts. It also has cross bars supplied in the event the crush is to be put in separate footings – these prevent the crush “spreading” as footings can move in time. If the crush is to be put on a concrete pad these cross bars make useful templates for bolts to be set in or holes drilled for ‘dyna-bolts’.
Some offer galvanising as an option however the costs involved do not make this a viable option on our model. In fact, we know of many customers with crushes over 25 years old that are still working fine. The fact is, that if you look after a crush (or any machine for that matter) you can make it last as long as you like. The key areas which you don’t want rusting are the panels and latches which are all zinc plated whilst the gate rollers are all nylon.
Weight approx. 300kg.
Bailgates as a separate item (P/N 0172)
The walk through bailgate is described above, and come with posts complete with foot plates. They are ready to fix to the ground and rails or posts and use.
Comparisons against other brands: There are many brands on the market but few are have as many features for the price. For example most cheap crushes really only consist of a bale head and rarely have the vet section at the back (which are mandatory by some vets). Many crushes are also designed for larger cattle herds in the far north of Queensland. For example if you were putting 1000 head of wild Brahman cattle in for drenching you probably wouldn’t buy a Berends crush. The main market does tend to be the small to medium size herd range. There are many better crushes but at 5 times the price.
Standard Lifting Jib (P/N 0140)
The standard model is a Cat 1 model with bushes to fit Cat 2. It is made from 100 x 50 x 6mm RHS and has two lifting points. The closer one being used for heavier loads, approximately 750kg, and the one on the end for lifting around 500kg. Obviously, the end point also has a slightly higher lift of around 10’ (3m). It is critical that lifting jibs are lifting straight and not from a sideways motion and that the tractor has the appropriate lifting capacity. The overall length is 2.2m. No hooks or lifting apparatus are included with this model but can be sourced as required.
- Weight approximately 40kg.
Comparisons against other brands: There is not much competition in the lifting jibs.
Heavy Duty Lifting Jib (P/N 0142)
The heavy duty model is a Cat 1 model with bushes to fit Cat 2. It is made from 100 x 100 x 6mm RHS and has two lifting points. The closer one being used for heavier loads, approximately 1000kg, and the one on the end for lifting around 750kg. Obviously, the end point also has a slightly higher lift of around 12’ (3.6m). The heavy duty model has an adjustable A frame to suit different tractors and provides different degrees of arc when lifting. It is critical that lifting jibs are lifting straight and not from a sideways motion and that the tractor has the appropriate lifting capacity. The overall length is 2.2m. No hooks or lifting apparatus are included with this model but can be sourced as required.
- Weight approximately 75kg.
Comparisons against other brands: There is not much competition in the lifting jibs.
Rotary Drain Digger (P/N 0145/0146)
The Berends rotary drain digger is arguably the best on the market. It is fitted with a Series 5 Italian pto shaft fitted with an integrated 2 plate adjustable slip clutch, driving a 2” high tensile drive shaft with two 2” self aligning bearings. The rear drive plate is bolted to a welded flange, unlike some of the others which use keys or splines (these inevitably chop out in time). The real key is the blades, which we make in house from Bisalloy (an abrasive resistant steel). These are 130 x 10mm thick and are shaped especially for drain digging. Others use rotary hoe blades, which are not only much lighter and less durable, but also are set at a different 30 angle as they are designed to do a different job. Rotary hoe blades are designed to cut and clear to stop panning, however this also stops them forming a drain. The digger can dig up to 24” (600mm) deep and 28” (700mm) wide, creating a “spoon” drain.
The machine is fitted with an adjustable foot which can be controlled from the tractor. The foot has a skid on it where as some companies fit wheels which tend to ride over any clods which fall back into the drain, causing unevenness. Clods slide around the skid and therefore retain an even depth. Rippers are available as an option. These help where the ground is hard providing the tractor has good draft ability as well as pto power. They are mounted just in front of the blades and are adjustable for height. Tractor HP requirement is around 50HP +.
- Weight approximately 210kg.
Comparisons against other brands: There is not much competition in the drain diggers. The market is very small so there are rarely any newcomers. Increasing dry conditions in large parts of Australia also reduce demand.
Delver (P/N 0264)
The delver is mainly designed for vineyard or orchard use however some have been purchased for other purposes such as cleaning out channels in irrigation country etc. In the vineyard application, it is ideal for cleaning the ground between the vines and mounding the soil back onto the base of the vines. It is most effective if the soil has been cultivated previously and is not compacted. The delver consists of two mouldboards (350 x 1800 x 6mm) which are able to be adjusted to suit different row widths. Each one is fitted with an extension which can be adjusted for length and can provide an overall standard width of 3 metres (other width are also available). A 12” furrower on the front is designed to penetrate the ground depending on the set-up of the top link. A series of top link mounting holes allow for fore and aft angle adjustment enabling either a flat drain or a V-drain to be cleaned.
Comparisons against other brands: There is not much competition in the delvers as the market is very small.
This is the perfect implement for cleaning up sticks, bark, prunings, light rocks and general trash around the farm. Many stick rakes use a very light flat tine which are only good for lights sticks and bark around the lawn. Berends stick rakes all use 32 x 10mm cultivator ‘S’ tines mounted at 6” spacings. They have an underframe clearance of 400mm and are fitted with reversible bolt on points. This type of tine can make the stick rake a little aggressive if using them in a lawn situation particular if the tractor is unable to maintain the height. In this situation, we suggest they be fitted with the optional wheel kit, which controls the tine height. All models consist of a 50mm square K1045 solid high tensile bar available in various sizes from 4’, 5’, 6’, 7’6”, 9’ and 10’6” widths with other sizes considered.
There are two models available:
- Toolbar type headstock – This headstock consists of a Cat 1 linkage frame with two 65mm tubular supports extending to the rear with two heavy duty clamps welded in place. The stick rake bar is then fitted in position between these clamps and held in position by wedges. Some compact tractors will not have enough lift height to lift the standard unit however we do make modified versions on request. Can be easily made to be offset for getting closer to trees and fences.
- Grader Blade attachment – This unit (bottom section only) is designed to mount on the headstock used for the standard and medium duty grader blades. It consists of an identical cog and pivot pin to what is welded on the grader mouldboard. The stick rake bar is then mounted into this cog. As the stick rake is much higher than the 6’ mouldboard, it usually means it is not suitable for smaller tractors due to the higher lift height required. There are two grader blade tops which this bottom will mount. The fixed top (P/N 0138) is able to be adjusted for angle but not offset. The offset top (P/N 0139) is able to be adjusted for angle and offset. Although, these type of tines are not generally designed to be operated on an angle, they are suitable for a stick rake application as the tines are barely scraping the surface and rarely are ground engaged. Angling can help to windrow the sticks and rocks collected.
These two units are not interchangeable.
NB: The grader blade attachment is usually only sold in the situation where a customer already has a Berends standard or medium duty grader blade or will be purchasing a similar grader blade in the future. If there is no intention of using a grader blade then it is recommended to use the stronger (and cheaper) toolbar type model. Heavier tines (45 x 12) are also available if a more rigid rake is required for heavier trash although great care needs to be taken. When working in undulating ground, it is suggested that the operator does not use too wide a unit (eg. 10’6” or bigger), as they are more likely to dig in to the ground at each end. This can be messy as well as compromising the strength of the unit. As we use cultivator tines, the machine is capable of some light harrowing of the top soil although some trash can build up in front of the tines. It is recommended fitting the 31 narrow grass points for this application. The tines are adjustable so spacing can be increased or decreased depending on the task at hand.
Comparisons against other brands: Most are cheap imported versions which are far too light. They are designed for raking bark on a dead-flat lawn and the tines are notorious for bending when under load. (In fact many you can bend by hand and they stay bent). The tine spacing is also non-adjustable meaning that they not only collect sticks but also the grass and dirt as well (that is until the tines give way). The Berends model at least gives you the choice of what tine spacing you want. Most don’t have a very high underframe clearance which means you can’t move as much material. Unfortunately, many imported models are actually designed for a different purpose overseas and marketed incorrectly in Australia. Some are actually landscape rakes which are designed for scratching and tickling up the surface of paths or horse arenas. Ours have been known to move rocks the size of “footballs” even though we don’t recommend it.
Landscape Rakes (P/N 0371-0374)
This is a lighter, less aggressive form of the stick rake which makes it ideal for raking light material around the house as well as completing some final soil surface preparation on a driveway or horse arena. The 32 x 10mm hardened tines are spaced at 65mm centres (much closer than the stick rake), which allows them to pick up smaller sticks, leaves etc. The rake bottom is made from 100 x 100 x 8mm angle and is mounted to the the headstock via four bolts. The two mounting plates have three different pitch settings which helps to control the aggressiveness of the tines. This also includes one float position which allows the tines to complete hinge backwards which is useful when operating in rough country. Although this hinging means that the load will potentially be dumped, it does protect the tines from breakage. Under normal raking conditions there is enough weight in the frame to keep the tines on the ground. Fitted with Cat 1 linkage, these are quite suitable for low HP tractors.
Comparisons against other brands: Most are cheap imported versions which are far too light, particularly in the main frame. Many use smaller diameter tines (eg 25mm x 10mm) and are supported by one bolt only which allows them to move around excessively on the frame thus creating gaps in the rake.
This robust harrow (based on the Dillon type model) is ideal for renovating pasture, landscaping horse arenas, race tracks or sports fields and for spreading seed and fertiliser into the soil. It consists of three rows of 12mm round scarifier tines which break up manure, loosens hard surfaces and increases aeration which in turn will stimulate new growth. Behind this are mounted four rows of 12mm square smudger bars which help to spread the manure and level the ground. This flexible designs allows the harrows to follow ground contours without tangling up and aid in keeping them relatively clean of trash. The front bar is made form 100 x 50 channel and is fitted with a 12mm towing chain. Trailing weights are mounted on the back to keep the harrow on the ground when travelling. Lifting frames are available for situation when customers don’t want the harrows dragging on the ground (eg driveways, cattle grids, shed floors). The frame consists of a linkage headstock with two parallel bars going the full length of the harrows. Another pipe with mounting lugs is connected at right angles to the rear of this frame. The harrows simply hook onto this frame, allowing enough slack to remain flexible in their operation but rigid enough to be able to clear the ground. Available in 4’, 6’, 8’, 10’ and 12’ models and suitable for all size tractors, ATVs and some ride on lawn mowers.
Comparisons against other brands: There is not much difference between one Dillon type harrow and another, providing the steel sizes are the same. There are more aggressive harrows around but they are designed for a different application and are usually more expensive.
These old style bed-formers has been around for decades. It consists of toolbar made from two sections of 100 x 50 x 6 RHS with a 1” gap between them. They are available in 6’, 7’ and 8’ lengths. The individual disc units come in either a 2 disc or 3 disc model with either on or two units mounted on each toolbar. The disc units are assembled either as a left hand or right hand unit. This is determined by which way the soil is thrown. For example, a left hand unit throws the soil to the left hand side. This can be confusing when assembled as a bedformer as you would usually mount the right hand unit on the left side of the toolbar so that it throws the soil back into the middle. The left hand unit would be mounted on the right side. Confused yet? The reason for classing them in this fashion is because many have been sold over the years where they have been mounted to form a channel (ie throwing the dirt outwards) so therefore is no right or wrong side for mounting them. The discs are 22” x 5mm, with a scalloped and a plain disc on the 2 disc unit and a two scalloped and one plain on the three disc unit. Each disc is mounted to a Merbein bearing assembly which consists of a sealed shaft with two heavy duty greaseable bearings. The dust cap which is standard on these assemblies is quite 32 light and we highly recommend upgrading to the heavier 10mm dust cap in abrasive conditions. Each disc unit is able to be adjusted for width and pitch, simple by loosening the mounting bolts and repositioning along the toolbar. They are best used in ground that has already been cultivated as they are more a mover of soil rather than a digging implement. They are quite capable of ploughing up to 10” depth or more. If only one unit (side) is mounted on a toolbar it may be necessary to fit a rear coulter. This keeps the unit straight and stops the plough from dragging the tractor to one side. A range of tines and points are also available to suit this toolbar. Mostly suited to tractors up to 80HP.
Comparisons against other brands: There are a number of localised manufacturers of bed-forming ploughs around Australia. Many are designed for digging deeper beds and used on higher HP tractors. They are usually made to order for a farmer’s specific application and therefore can be quite expensive.
One of the best machines on the market for bringing life to tired old soils and aerating compact ground. The Growmaster is fitted with the unique “Shatter-tines” originally patented by Aerway in Canada. The tines are twisted and offset which gently shifts and shatters the ground sideways and upwards. They have a maximum working depth of 9” (230mm) and their unique shape allows them to enter the ground easily and exit without bringing up soil, grass, rocks etc. This makes them ideal for pasture where minimal topsoil disturbance is required. The tines are spaced 200mm apart between each row. On the double rotor models this is achieved by slightly offsetting one rotor behind the other. Aerating enables much improved absorption of water and nutrients into the subsoil which in turn allows roots to penetrate deeper. By breaking the hard pan, you are allowing access to locked up minerals as well as improving the conditions for microbial activity. There are countless stories of how much more silage or hay was cut on paddocks which have been aerated. The single rotor machines come in sizes 1.0m, 1.2m, 1.4m, 1.6m and 1.8m. The double rotor machines come in 1.6m, 2.0m, 2.4m, 2.8m, 3.2m, 3.6m and 4.0m widths. Other widths may be made on request. The double rotors are primarily designed to reduce the depth of the frame on the wider machines. However, they also tend to pull straighter as the two rotors are working in the opposite direction to each other. This is achieved by fitting them with left hand and right hand tines. The rotors can be adjusted from 2 ½ ° up to 10°. This enables you to vary the amount of aggression of the tines. For general aeration you would run it on the lower (straighter) setting whereas for a cultivation “effect” you would run it on the more angled setting. This cultivation effect is more suited if you want to over-sow your pasture with seed. Optional turf tines are also available which don’t have the same twist. This makes them ideal for turf farms or sports grounds.
The main frame is constructed from 100 x 100 x 6 RHS and fitted with 2.3mm floorplate with central support underneath. This allows a clear space for the addition of ballast weight which is necessary for penetration in hard ground. It is not uncommon to have to add up to 500kg of weight to a machine working in hard ground. The rotors are made from 75mm solid and are machined down at each end to accommodate 2” self aligning bearings. These bearings are the same as those used on our drain diggers and mulchers for the last 20 years. Each bearing is fitted with an internally mounted pipe guard which slides over the rotor shaft. This prevents grass wrapping around the rotor and damaging the bearing as well as seizing the rotor up. We also fit rotor slide stops on the internal end of each rotor which prevents the rotor from wanting to pull through the bearing hanger.
The overall width is approximately 130mm wider than the working width. For example a 2.0m machine has a working width of 2.0m but an overall width of 2.13m. The working width doesn’t take into account what shattering effect occurs laterally. All Growmasters are fitted with four stands which slide up and lock in position when operating.
Horsepower requirement varies greatly depending on the type of terrain and how much ballast is required to be added to the frame. The harder the ground the more ballast may be required to get full penetration and therefore more tractor HP will be required to operate it. There is a hydraulically operated trailing wheelkit option which fits to the linkage and allows the operator to tow the machine behind the tractor. This suits undulating conditions as well as reducing the load on the linkage. The wheelkit consists of two Landcruiser wheels mounted on the back controlled by a 3” x 8” cylinder. The drawbar connects to the lower linkage arms with an adjustable toplink connecting it to the toplink of the aerator. This controls the pitch/height of the drawbar. Note: Trailing wheelkit options must be ordered with the aerator as the welded mounting brackets required are not standard.
The following are approximate HP ratings only based on flat country:
|1.0 to 1.2m||25-30HP|
1.4 to 1.6m
|1.8 to 2.0m||
|2.4 to 2.8m||60-70HP|
Weight approximately 485kg – 2.0m, 516kg – 2.4m, 574kg – 2.8m and 626kg – 3.2m
Comparisons against other brands: Most are poor copies with little thought about what they are trying to achieve. Ours use the Aerway type tine which not only has a twist in the tine but it is also offset to one direction. Many only have the twist which is not as effective in shattering the ground. This ‘twist and kick’ design also means that wear is minimised as they literally help themselves into the ground the more you offset the rotors. Straight tines really just poke holes into the ground. Many opposition double rotor models have a large gap in the middle where the two rotors meet – often 100mm wider than the other tine spacings. Some fit too large a bearing/housing which means that the bearing support is running in the ground which prevents the tines from running at full depth and many have no protection around the inside of the bearing. This will result in grass wrapping around the rotor stub, binding it up and stopping the rotor from turning. Most of these machines will only work in pasture which has been grazed or slasher beforehand. Ours are fitted with four tines per row where some try to cut costs by only fitting 3 tines per row. Yes it makes it cheaper but it only does 75% of the job. The tray is unrestricted on the Growmaster allowing almost any type of ballast to be added whereas some have rearward headstock bracing which gets in the way. Not all brands have stops on the rotor which stops sideways movement when under pressure.