Family owned machinery manufacturer, Rebel Equipment recently dispatched its first order to Europe in 2018 from its Forbes NSW workshop in central west New South Wales.
Rebel Equipment’s Nic Rebellato said the sale was not the company’s first export, but was a milestone, as many more orders from overseas are expected to follow.
It came about following an email inquiry from Stefan Södergren’s SS Lantbruksentreprenad AB, a haymaking and contracting business in Tierp, Sweden.
“We sent Stefan some information and he was so impressed with our manufacturing quality that he agreed to buy the gear, so it’s exciting for us to be sending into a market like Europe where so much haymaking equipment is already available locally.”
Mr Södergren’s company has bought two Rebel grabs and one accumulator which was built to fold up to less than 2.3 metres so it would fit into a 6m (20ft) container.
“The accumulators we make for Australia are 3.1m wide, so this one was made specially.”
The container only took 67 days to get from Sydney to the port of Gävle in Sweden, and Mr Rebellato said he hoped more sales into Scandinavia would follow.
The Rebellato family are both farmers and manufacturers and have been making hay in the Lachlan Valley NSW for decades prior to starting Rebel Equipment in 2004.
They had their own ideas on just how hay handling equipment should be built and operate, so started out to supply better quality haymaking equipment to the local market.
Nic said, “I’m a boilermaker, and my father is the lucerne farmer, so I’ve grown up cutting, raking and baling lucerne.
“That helps when you’re designing and making the equipment because you know what it’s required to do.
“We use what we make ourselves, so we know how to build it on designs that are better and simpler than other units on the market.”
Among the most popular models the Rebel Equipment range is the Hay Accumulator.
The bales travel directly from the bale chamber along the chute and onto the accumulator table where the push bar moves them across after each of the 5 rows and 3 columns are formed.
The Accumulator then automatically off loads directly onto the ground ready for pick up and loading using a Hay Grab.
The Hay grab from Rebel Equipment is a bale handling system designed for single person operation in hay baling and loading tasks
This system allows an operator to pick up 15 bales at a time to stack on to a trailer, into a hay shed or onto the back of a truck ready for transport, and only takes one person to operate.
Rebel Equipment is a regular exhibitor at field days across NSW and exported its first units to Brazil in 2006.
“We’ve had a lot of interest from the US as well. That’s our next step,” Nic stated.
Rebel Equipment employs four to five staff and sells grabs and flat-top and tipping trailers to a client base where haymakers and produce stores are in demand.