“Operating 24/7, 365 days a year, we cannot afford any downtime. It limits our yield and our profits,” says Kevin Barber, workshop manager, OW Wortley and Sons.
OW Wortley and Sons is a family-run arable enterprise with over 4,500-acres of land growing mainly potatoes, parsnips, cereals and sugar beet.
“We were tired of our joiner bars damaging our webs and de-stoners,” Barber explained.
“Joiner bars regularly seemed to be the weakest link in the chain. They would often snap, jam up the machine or wear a hole in the side of the machine.”
“It was causing a lot of downtime, and it was expensive to keep replacing the parts.”
He needed something more durable: a joiner able to withstand the high fatigue caused by the persistent ground penetration of its de-stoners.
How to make a joiner more durable
“Webs were breaking, and joiner clips needed to be repaired and replaced regularly. Our customers were getting fed up with it,” says Karl Arndt, director, KA Agricultural Machinery Importers Ltd. The firm connects farmers with manufacturers of agricultural machinery parts.
“We were looking for a new supplier and came across Griff’s EndurolocTM, promising a more durable joiner that reduces downtime for repairing webs.”
“It’s quicker to change than other joiners and can even outlast the lifespan of the web.”
“Our customers are very happy with it, and many have come back to buy more.”
Griff manufactures webs for the agricultural sector, and Enduroloc™ is its latest innovation.
The company continually look for ways to help farmers maximise yield and turnover while minimising downtime, waste and damage to crops.
A cost-effective solution
“When we decided to switch suppliers and give Griff’s EndurolocTM web joiner system a go, it was a big decision for us,” says Kevin.
“It’s more expensive than other joiners, but it’s quickly outweighed with the improved strength of the web – meaning there is less hassle and outgoings replacing the web regularly.”
“Our de-stoners work on really stony land. Griff’s system can withstand this – even on the parts of the machine where fatigue is very high.”
“Because you install EndurolocTM with two rods instead of one, the joiner bar does not move. Therefore, it reduces friction and wear and tear on the machine.”
“Now, we only need to replace the joiner bar when it gets tired. It slides straight out, so downtime is minimal. We do not even need to stop harvesting to replace it.”
Strength you can rely on
“EndurolocTM joiners are now on all of our de-stoners – we wouldn’t use anything else,” says Kevin.
“We would recommend any farmer to try it. It does put the price per web up, but it outweighs the wear and tear of a normal web, so the cost balances out. It works out cheaper in the long run,” he concluded.