John Deere Reliability Key to Campaspe Irrigation Success

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The well-known adage that ‘Nothing Runs Like A Deere’ is being validated every day by a Northern Victorian irrigation company that, simply, won’t use anything else.

Rochester-based Campaspe Irrigation is an agent for Zimmatic by Lindsay centre pivot and linear move irrigation systems, as well as manufacturing its own transportable high capacity pumping stations built into 20ft shipping containers.

As Campaspe Irrigation’s Project Manager Wayne Conway explained, “Our transportable pumping stations, capable of moving up to 18 Megalitres a day, are based on an idea by Geoff Mustey. A John Deere engine goes into the box, coupled to a centrifugal pump, filters, and with all the electrical gear. They’re self-contained – and people run generators off them or a large alternator off the side of the John Deere to provide 240 volt power or 415 volt 3 phase power on-site”.

“They’re popular in low flood-prone lying areas, such as Kerang and Lake Boga, to mitigate floods or excess runoff, and at other times to shift large volumes of water between channels or dams.”

“Just half a dozen bolts and you can pick it up and move it away before the flood comes or to where it is needed.”

We’ve done these for the past four years, there are dozens out there, and John Deere is always the only engine we use. We expect continued growth through 2018,” Wayne added.