Tony, John, and Mark Bugeja

Region: Mackay

Who: Tony, John, and Mark Bugeja

Location: Mackay-Whitsunday

Automatic base cutter height controller on cane harvester

The Bugeja’s trialled an automatic base cutter height adjuster on the harvester. This was a first in the Mackay Whitsunday sugar growing region and one of only a few in the Australian sugar growing industry. It was installed on their harvester in late August 2009.

By using ultra sonic sound waves the automatic base cutter height adjuster, changes height on the run without the controller having to make a judgement. The concept is ideal because of the savings from stool damage and excess exporting of soil from the farming system.