Rocks Gone Reefinator H4 turns rock into soil along with farmers fortune 

Farmers are buying properties that were once overburdened with rocks and turning the soil into pasture and crop-producing 

Now is the time to buy a Reefinator H4 and get it to work opening up new ground or revitalising existing paddocks. Rocks Gone has moved to a bigger premises and has ramped up production for the expected record planting season ahead

The Reefinator H4 gives growers the chance to transform land that has been eroded down to the bedrock to be converted back into productive soil


Normally a centimetre of soil can take 100 years to be created through natural processes. The Reefinator H4 can achieve 1000 years’ worth of soil formation in just a few minutes.


And another benefit is the soil that is being created, composed of crushed rock, tends to be erosion resistant. 

During the crushing process the crushed rock is mixed through with the remaining topsoil, and the Reefinator’s roller combined with the smudge bar leaves a level, firm and trafficable surface, ready for seeding.

 
Reefinators have been used successfully in a wide variety of soil and rock types. 

The H4 model from the Reefinator range in particular has unique stubble handling ability and depth reach and can also be worked as an extreme deep ripper. It has proven its worth in soils that have never been ripped to depth before or have extreme compaction or natural hardpans.


Limestone, ironstone and coffee rock are the main rock types handled by the Reefinator, but it also crushes most other rock types with the exception of granite.

The new soil created is very productive as farmers are observing.

 
A farmer at Newdegate WA that recently direct headed canola on Reefinated country is expecting a near 100% return on his Reefinator investment in a single season. Based on what he saw from the header cab.

“The difference between the Reefinated soil and un-reefinated that I’m observing from the header cab would be about 500 to 600kg in Canola,” the farmer added.

“It will be interesting to see later on when I can sit down and analyse the yield maps.” he concluded. The farmer also observed that the Reefinated country stayed greener for longer.

While there were rain delays to harvest, many farmers found that it was the ideal time to use the Reefinator to tidy up rocky farm roads and tracks.

After the Reefinator has been run along farm roads and tracks all that’s needed is a final trim and shape with a grader and maybe a roll, depending on the desired result.

Reefinator H4 models are available now for post-planting purchase, as Rocks Gone staff sensed the potential for disruption to the supply chain and moved to bigger premises at Kewdale WA to prepare plenty of stock. 

Rocks Gone manufactures the Reefinator H4 in Kewdale WA with a 32 litre accumulator designed to handle up to 3000 pounds per square inch (psi) pressure but a typical working pressure range is about 1000-1500psi

Apart from immediate supply of Reefinator H4 models, there are also increased stock levels and wear parts. 

Rocks Gone have been able to help growers grappling with a range of soil constraints by putting the Reefinator H4 into the post-planting mix.

The Rocks Gone Reefinator has been proven to lift paddock productivity.

This award-winning hydraulic primary ripper, was designed by former farmer Tim Pannell, a broadacre cropper in Western Australia’s northern grain belt.

Tim said his aim was to help primary producers across the country address ameliorate issues associated with subsoil stratification, geological and man-made hard pans, rocks and stumps.

“By crushing, mixing, ripping and levelling, the Reefinator H4 brings these areas back into full production by opening the soil and allowing water, nutrients and plant roots to penetrate deep into the treated parts,” Tim said.

“The process has proven highly effective in significantly boosting broadacre crop and pasture plant establishment and growth, leading to higher grain yields and an improved feedbase for livestock.

Tim added, “This meant increased returns for growers by regenerating areas of land that were previously under-performing, or even unable to be used for farming.”

Manufactured in WA by Rocks Gone and available exclusively through WSB Distributors in South Australia and Victoria, the Reefinator H4 has been extensively tested for and used on a wide range of local soil types and farming conditions.

The Reefinator was voted the Best Australian-made Machine at SA’s 2019 Yorke Peninsula Field Days.

Tim Pannell said the Reefinator had been delivering exceptional results across farms nationally. “The Reefinator H4 is capable of a rapid transformation of rocky outcrop into crop seedbed.

“Some of the rock it is crushing can be at a hardness of about 70 megapascals (MPa). This is significantly denser than – say – good concrete at 30MPa.

Tim added, “The Reefinator H4 was built to delve deeper into the soil and, due to its hydraulic breakout, was the ultimate solution to deal with rough and rocky areas.

Tim said, “Unlike many deep rippers commonly used by farmers, the machine was ideal as the first ripper for untouched land and soils that had never before been ripped to depth.

“The hydraulic breakout system makes the Reefinator H4 an easier, smoother machine to pull with a tractor,” Tim added.

The machine has a 32 litre accumulator designed to handle up to 3000 pounds per square inch (psi) pressure. But it’s typical working pressure range is about 1000-1500psi.

The hydraulic tyne design ensures consistency and allows some give when it is needed. And with the hydraulics, there was no need for a shear pin because it is a live action process – with give-and-take – making it easy and safe to operate.

“If you hit a blue granite rock, for example, the tynes just float over it – as long as you haven’t set the pressure too high and you just keep going,” Tim explained.

“This makes a big difference to productivity because the process is smoother with almost no catching or dragging. “This minimises downtime and stoppages for repairs and maintenance,”Tim added.

Hoses plumbed from the hydraulic cylinders are 25 millimetres in diameter to accommodate high speed flow out of the cylinders on impact. Pressure can ramp-up quickly and, with smaller hoses, oil can’t escape fast enough from the cylinder.

To smooth soil and crush rocks while in operation, the Reefinator H4 machine is fitted with four leading tynes and five tynes at the back.

Rocks Gone has fitted the Reefinator H4 with four leading tynes and five tynes at the back to crush rocks into smooth soil – the tynes are easy to replace whenever necessary or while on location

These can work deep into the ground, delving down to 600mm (48-inches).

There is a revamped cable-suspended levelling blade and the Reefinator H4 comes with a ribbed drum, weighing 30 tonnes when full of water. This has ‘arms’ similar to those used on the previous model.

Tim Pannell said, “All of these key functions were designed specifically to facilitate better crop and pasture rooting depth, efficiency of mixing lime into the soil profile and increased soil water holding capacity – all leading to better plant growth.

“In some cases, unproductive, degraded land has been turned into some of the best performing soils on the farm after treatment with the Reefinator,” Tim concluded.

The Reefinator H4 is built using Australian-made machining and components – including hard facing the wear components – all made to Rocks Gone in-house high quality standards.

The Reefinator H4 is available and in stock now. Contact Rocks Gone inventor Tim Pannell on tel: 08

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