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”.


March 2020

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.


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’.

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.

Latest Insights

11th December 2019

This year has been bloody busy for us here and it’s time to give you the latest insights. Lots of drills have been built and head out for spring delivery to areas such as Waikato, Hawkes Bay, Manawatu, Marlborough, Canterbury and across Otago. It’s pretty exciting stuff for us to be seeing all the photos of our drills in their new homes, doing what they’re made to do!


In addition to drill builds, a NEW E-D 4000 has been designed and built and is now available from the Allen Custom Drills stable. The E-D (Ergonomic Drill) series is our ‘Entry Level Triple Disc Drill that is suitable for both Farmers and Contractors’. The new E-D 4000 features a 4m sowing width, the option of 5” or 6” row spacings, and folds to 3m for easier transportation.


Another exciting aspect of our growing business recently is the joining of a new dealer for our drills over in Australia. Cervus Equipment, who have 6 branches across Victoria AUS, jumped on board at the end of August 2019. We now have 5x dealers for Allen Custom Drills over NZ and AUS; Waikato Tractors, Stevenson & Taylors, North Canterbury Equipment, Cervus Equipment Australia and Goulburn Farm Machinery NSW.


We have recently expanded our range of promo gear, which is now available to purchase on our website, including Oil Skin Vests, Caps and Beanies. Speaking of our website, back in August 2019 we completely renovated it to give it a fresher, new look. We hope you love it just as much as we do.


The next event that we have coming up is the Waimumu Field Days from the 12th – 14th February 2020.  


CHRISTMAS CLOSEDOWN NOTICE: We are closing down over the Christmas period, to allow our staff time to spend with their families, relax and get ready for a new year!

Our close down period this year starts on Monday the 23rd December 2019 and ends of Sunday the 5th January 2020.


Thank you to everyone for all of the continuous support!

"The South Island Agricultural Field days in Kirwee NZ on the 27th-29th March were amazing for us with record beating enquires received over all three days, with a great amount of those now sold! The 1% finance deal on the E-D Series has been popular throughout the month of April, and has now ended. The C-D 3000 that was on an end of season special has now sold. Things are moving very fast at the moment with winter approaching and spring just around the corner. If you want to secure a machine for spring, talk to us today!" - Craig Allen

“March 2019 has been a ripper. We have the Central District Field days in Feilding NZ on the 14th-16th of March followed by South Island Agricultural Field days in Kirwee NZ on the 27th-29th March. We have introduced two New Zealand Dealers for 2019 in the North Island who are representing our company & our product very well. I guess we could say they really have joined the family business. I’m excited to head up to Central Districts, alongside Stevenson & Taylors Ltd who deal Allen Custom Drills.
There has been a huge interest in our Contour Drills, however as of late our New Ergonomic Drill has been what I would say is the flavour of the month. I have put a lot of design work into this model concept over the past few years, however it has been in the past 12months after trials and research that I can happily say this Ergonomic Drill ticks many boxes the infamous Contour Drill does. In a basic explanation, it holds a lower buy price, similar performance, just without some of the bells and whistles. The E-D Series, as I refer to it, is performing really well I’m more than happy with it.” – Craig Allen