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Allen Custom Drills Forge Ahead
Rural Contractor & Large Scale Farmer: June/July 2021

Tough, custom-made air seeder drills from Allen Custom Drills are operating from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island, and are now distributed by a number of dealers around the country.

Allen drills are also exported to Australia through dealers in Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales.

Although no two Allen drills are exactly the same, after years of development and successful production, there are now five base models. They can be modified to suit the different needs and demands of farmers and contractors.

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Allen Custom Drills Forge Ahead

Central Rural Life Newspaper - 28th April 2021

Known to manufacture reliable, practical and accurate Air Seeder machines, Allen Custom Drills have been proudly operating in Ashburton for over 18 years.

 

With a unique design, not all are one in the same, and after years of variations, five base models have been developed to suit the different needs and demands of customers.

 

The Contour Drill, commonly referred to as the C-D Series, is designed for contractors and larger scale farmers who require more hectarage per year. The design of this model is heavy, robust and strong, providing a low maintenance, low input cost drilling platform, with running costs as little as $6 per hectare.

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Rural Contractor & Large Scale Farmer Feb/Mar 2021

Innovative Allen Custom Drills are custom-built based on a unique design. With frames to handle tough New Zealand terrains, these air seeder drills can work in virtually any ground conditions.

Over the last 16 years, Allen Custom Drills have been built in Ashburton. While the company now has a much larger manufacturing workshop than when it began, the majority of each drill is still built in the workshop from the ground up as it always has been.

Company directors Craig and Deb Allen encourage visitors to tour the workshop at 32 Robinson Street. You are welcome to meet the team and see how the drills are built.

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High-Quality and High Performance
Taranaki & Manawatu Lifestyles (Integrity Community Media) June 2020

Allen Custom Drills is a proudly family-owned and operated company and has been for over 16 years. Since day one the company has been based in Ashburton, Mid Canterbury, NZ, though now in a much larger workshop than when it started. Priding itself in manufacturing high quality, high performing Air Seeder Drills, the machine incorporates an innovative and unique design. These drills are in high demand being distributed around New Zealand and Australia and are commonly known to be practical, accurate and reliable machines.

 

Driven by continuous growth and development in its design, business and people, as a team, Allen Custom Drills continuously works towards the science of today, while learning from the ‘old’ and creating new solutions for the future of Air Seeder Drills.

 

Through years of variations, Allen Custom Drills have developed 5 base model drills, all easily modifiable and affordable to customise for each individual requirement. All models are designed to be simple and accurate, easy to maintain and of course, cost-effective.

 

Craig and Deb Allen explain, “Our passion each day is to learn, collaborate and create the best Drills there are. We are proud of our history, our relationships and are always looking forward to the future. Our team at Allen Custom Drills and our customers give us purpose and focus. The belief we have in our staff and in the work our customers do, we feel then feeds through into the successful result of our products and into the paddock”.

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High Quality, High Performing
Farm Trader: Front Cover Test July 2019

With contractors around the country tackling such a diverse range of terrain, quality NZ-built machinery specifically designed to deal with this challenge, like that from Allen Custom Drills, is crucial.

Like all ag machinery businesses, Allen Custom Drills faces stiff competition from around the globe. The home ground advantage, however, means these machines are designed to handle New Zealand’s challenging terrain, which also means they can handle conditions almost anywhere in the world.

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Maximise the Growth on Your Land
Wairarapa Rural Extra: June 2019

Craig and Deb Allen have been running Allen Custom Drills together since 2010. With Craig’s passion lying in all things crops, farm machinery and design, and Deb’s passion being clearly in business development, it’s no wonder they make a great team.

 

Craig designs all of the drills himself with a state-of-the-art computer aided design (CAD) program. Each drill is designed with extremely low future maintenance costs in mind; word has been given from many customers that these are the easiest, most reliable, and cost-effective machines they have run. The majority of each machine is manufactured in the Ashburton workshop, where Allen Custom Drills welcomes all visitors to tour, meet the people within the company and see the creation of drills from the ‘ground up’.

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A Drill for all Seasons
Farm Trader: Front Cover Test June 2018

When it comes to seed drills, the choice between tines and discs comes down to how and where the drill is going to be used.

The great thing about New Zealand company Allen Custom Drills is that they can customise and build a drill to suit individual requirements, with an impressive range of both disc drills and tine drills.

While we have featured several Allen Custom Drills over the years, a recent trip south offered the opportunity to see what the company’s T-D 5000 tine drill has to offer. To see it working, I headed to the Taieri plains (south of Dunedin) to catch up with Justin Flett, the owner of Flett Contracting Limited.

Offering a full range of contracting services across the Taieri plains and the surrounding areas, when it came to purchasing a new drill tine, openers were chosen over discs to keep running costs lower and for the ability to handle slightly damper conditions.