Phillbourne Retrodrum feed auger boosts header efficiency

Phillbourne Retrodrum
The Retrodrum is an easy-to-fit replacement feed auger designed to boost header efficiency and prevent blockages and breakdown in even the toughest crops

Designed and manufactured by Phillbourne of Merredin WA, the Retrodrum is a replacement feed auger that has made its mark as being able to handle the toughest of crops with ease.

The Retrodrum actually started life as the Turbodrum and came into being during the 2016 harvest.

Phillbourne was asked by an Esperance farmer to develop a replacement feed drum for his MacDon harvester front based on the very simple design the company used on its pickup fronts.

The new drum developed to help this farmer was so successful that Phillbourne sold nearly 400 units in the next 14 months.

The name change to Retrodrum occurred in August 2018 when the Turbodrum name encountered copyright issues.

Since production of the Retrodrum began, a policy of continuous improvement has resulted in a more refined product covering an ever-growing range of models – currently 5 brands and 13 models.

There are now over 900 units working in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.

It’s no surprise the Retrodrum’s first client was a Macdon owner as Macdon owners are known to suffer the frustration of slow harvest speeds in bulky crops, and blockages and breakdowns caused by the standard feed drum in their fronts.

The Retrodrum can harvest canola or beans and then move to light feed crops with very little adjustment required.

Retrodrum became an instant fix for these problems, allowing operators to use the full width of their front, go faster and get crops off quicker.

Phillbourne has now developed a Retrodrum for John Deere, Honeybee, Midwest, Case IH and New Holland models.

Fitting the Retrodrum is a quicker operation than fixing the originals on many header fronts, and growers have found it comes at a fraction of the price.

Retrodrum’s heavy-duty design includes more than double the number of retractable fingers, with a much more aggressive pattern. It literally grabs crop and pulls it through in a constant and steady flow.

If you want to eliminate harvesting issues, order your Retrodrum now for the upcoming harvest.

For more information call Phillbourne direct on tel: 08 9041 2066, or email


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