The extraordinarily dry summer has created trying conditions for the installation of mole drains in Victoria’s South West dairying district, according to Drain Tech’s moling operations manager, Syd Gloyne. ”Although the clay was still plastic at depth , the crust was taking the first 150 horsepower” he said.
Drain Tech’s Director, Richard Gloyne stated that wheel slip was at an un acceptable level and the decision was made to move to a tracked machine in order to put the power to the ground. Since the arrival of the CAT 85D, moling has resumed on some of the toughest clays in the district. “If we can get moles in the ground at this time of the year in Cooriemungle, we can pull them anywhere. Admittedly having over 350 horsepower helps”, Richard quipped.
Plans are in place for a twin leg plough for next season and the use of GPS for steering guidance.