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ATOM INDUSTRIES

SALES POSITION

We have an opening for a

Sales Person at our head office

based in Lilyfield, Sydney.

The successful applicant will have

knowledge and experience in the

OPE industry.

Send your resume and details to

marie@atomindustries.com.au

or by fax

(02) 9810 6691

or phone

Angelo or John Notaras

at Atom

(02) 9810 0194

.

All interviews and discussions

will be strictly confidential.

OPERATOR PROFILE

The Netafim drip irrigation systemwhich TFS uses is assisted

by Aussie 6” and 4” Quick-Prime diesel powered transfer pumps,

which draw water for the system from irrigation channels

supplied by the Burdekin River. The Aussie Quick-Prime pumps

offer flows of up to 2900 litres per minute, heads of up to 28

metres and will self-prime from a huge 8.4 metres direct lift.

The pumps, which are powered by Yanmar diesel engines, are

sometimes required to run on the plantation for up to six hours

a day, and have been fitted with 19 litre long range fuel tanks

which, according to Aussie Pumps, offer low fuel consumption

and maximum pump performance.

Not only is this kind of drip irrigation efficient for TFS, but

according to the company, it has improved seedling survival rates

and reduced water usage on the plantations by more than 80 per

cent. Along with its water recycling plant, TFS has saved 28 million

litres of drinking water across its sites since 2010.

EQUIPPED FOR MAINTENANCE

All ofTFS’s plantations relyheavilyonpower equipment for general site

maintenance as well as providing for the trees’ growing requirements,

and the eventual harvesting process. According to Mr Barnes, the

company uses everything from chainsaws to skid-steers. He explained

that all operations involving the trees are focused around the end

product, which is taken from a particular part of the wood.

“What we are doing is all about heartwood. There is a heartwood

core inside the tree, surrounded by sap wood on the outside. They are

distinctly different colours; you can see the heart wood is a ring of

darker wood inside. When we harvest the tree, we pretty much chase

back the heartwood, starting at the top and cutting until we find it. It

only extends for some portion of the tree, and not right up to the top

of the trees, so we chase it down by cutting it into lengths until we find

some. That is mainly where we use our chainsaws, particularly whenwe

lop the tops off the trees once they are extracted from the ground. Most

of our chainsaws are Stihl andHusqvarna,” Mr Barnes explained.

The harvesting process is undertaken by manually-operated

machinery, assisted by automated attachments. While it can take 15

years for the sandalwood to reach the harvesting stage, the number

of trees and scale of the plantation means that the task is a huge one.

“Theharvester itself has amechanical sawon itwhich is automated.

It is a grab and cut implement which fits on the front of a skid-steer,

which is like an oversized bobcat. It cuts the tree off at ground level

Above:

Young sandalwood trees require constant watering. Netafim drip

irrigation systems and pumps by Aussie Pumps assist this process.

JUNE - JULY 2016 |

POWER EQUIPMENT AUSTRALASIA

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