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Beyond the Bale : September 2015
45 ON FARM 'Shearcova' is a new product on the market that protects shearing machines from damage and reduces the amount of maintenance the machines need. SHEARING MACHINE COVERS PROTECT WOOLGROWERS' INVESTMENT Anewly launched product to protect shearing machines from the likes of dust, insects and condensation can help woolgrowers improve their profitability and make their jobs easier. The shearing machine covers, made from a strong high density material that is dustproof and waterproof, are now being manufactured and sold -- under the name 'Shearcova' -- by Tina Powis from Balranald in the Riverina district of NSW. "Covering shearing machines to protect them from the elements is nothing new," Tina says. "Farmers have been throwing old jeans, jumpers, sheets and wool packs on their machines for years -- but they don't tend to be completely effective. "Shearing machines are expensive and it's important for woolgrowers to protect their investment. The covers produced by Shearcova provide complete protection for the motor head and right down the length of the shearing arm." Tina says machinery on rural properties and in shearing sheds have traditionally needed a lot of maintenance due to the dusty and dirty nature of the farming environment. "Since the drought years the sand particles in the air are worse than ever. Woolgrowers know only too well the effect of all that sand and other dirt in the shearing shed and on the shearing machines. These tiny particles just love to plant themselves on all the bearings and intricate parts. "Plus, a multitude of insects, condensation, cobwebs and much more find shearing machines the perfect haven during the time the machines lie idle. "By the time shearing comes around, unless protected, the poor motors are practically choking from the huge mixture of everything the atmosphere and environment can throw at it. Getting ready for shearing is a full-on time of the year and having to deal with extra maintenance, or an unworkable and idle machine, is a headache that woolgrowers and shearing contractors can do without." Tina said the idea for Shearcova came about in 2012 when a local property owner who had purchased new shearing machines was not able to find a supplier of covers. Tina's husband, who manages a nearby sheep station, suggested that Tina could make them -- which she did. "It took many trips to the shearing shed, up and down ladders and countless templates and trial runs to get it right. But with this first commission, the idea for an ongoing business had been planted." Tina did some further research into what farmers wanted and expected from such a product, and set about the product's development. "The first set of covers came off the production line at the end of April this year, and I launched the product at the Hay Sheep Show. There has been a huge interest from property owners keen to look after their huge investment in shearing machinery." There are different sized covers to fit a variety of machines. Tina also produces covers for grinders and can custom make covers for other equipment, not limited to the shearing industry. The price per shearing cover is $66 including GST. "To produce a top quality product at a reasonable price was the main aim of the business and, by the look of the orders I have received so far, farmers are happy with both." MORE INFORMATION Orders can be made by contacting Tina at tina10 activ8.net.au or by telephone on (03) 5020 6832 or 0487 166070. The 'Shearcova' one-piece cover protects the motor head and the length of the shearing arm. It comes in different sizes to fit a variety of machines. Pictured here at Paraway Pastoral's 'Steam Plains' station near Conargo are covers for the Sunbeam Super Pro machine.