Turn degraded land into healthy land with a Reefinator

It's 2021 Desertification and Drought Day with a focus on turning degraded land into healthy land. The #Reefinator can crush bedrock exposed by topsoil erosion to create new, erosion resistant soil. #RestorationLandRecovery #DesertificationAndDroughtDay #EndLandLoss

It’s 2021 Desertification and Drought Day with a focus on turning degraded land into healthy land.
The #Reefinator can crush bedrock exposed by topsoil erosion to create new, erosion resistant soil.
#RestorationLandRecovery #DesertificationAndDroughtDay #EndLandLoss

It’s World Soil Day

See a #Reefinator create 1000’s of years worth of #soil out of degraded rocky land in minutes at one of our demo days starting this Thursday up at Binnu. #WorldSoilDay #WorldSoilDay2020 #RocksGone #H4Reefinator The H4 Reefinator is capable of renovating land where the topsoil has been eroded away exposing the bedrock. The Reefinator crushes and […]

Reefinator a rock star

Rocks Gone Reefinator turns unusable rocky land into profitable crops As a third-generation farmer from Chapman Valley WA, Rocks Gone founder and inventor Tim Pannell knew all too well the problems that rocky land poses for farmers The hydraulic Reefinator H4 can crush rock layers while it deep rips and prepares once useless ground for crop growing with access to deeper soil moisture and nutrients When Rocks Gone debuted its Reefinator rock crusher in 2015 it was an instant hit with Western Australian farmers looking to renovate rock-encrusted land that could not be used for cropping. “Farmers now have the very real option of increasing soil depth, which has a range of agronomic benefits including greater water and nutrient holding capacity, and greater rooting depth which also then helps with crop and pasture resilience in times of crop stress,” Tim Pannell said. The latest Reefinator has been dubbed the H4 with the H designating that it’s a hydraulically operated machine and as such, there are no shear pins on the tines.

Rocks Gone founder Tim Pannell with the new Reefinator H4. Credit: Angie Roe Cally Dupe, Countryman, 23 Aug 2019 Four years after releasing his groundbreaking product the Reefinator, Rocks Gone owner Tim Pannell is readying to release an upgraded version. The WA company launched its first rock-crushing machine to free up crop and pasture potential […]

Reefinator a cut above for growth

Reefinator a cut above for growth Rocks Gone founder Tim Pannell (right) and Ballidu farmer Phil Mincherton stand with a Reefinator. Credit: Lauren Calvin The burgeoning company behind the rock-crushing Reefinator machine has won the growth category of the WA Innovator of the Year Awards. Judges assessed Mr Pannell’s flagstone Reefinator machine, a hybrid design between a rock ripper and a rock roller released in 2014, and has been designed to be towed behind a tractor. After travelling to look at the existing machines, Mr Pannell eventually purchased a rotary rock crusher and started a contracting business crushing rocks on farms and gravel roads for local councils. But he found the rotary crusher had its problems, so decided to develop his own concept — the Reefinator. Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly congratulated Mr Pannell on his achievement. The innovation award was another feather in the cap for Mr Pannell, whose business also scooped best new release at Newdegate Farm Machinery Field Days.

Rocks Gone founder Tim Pannell (right) and Ballidu farmer Phil Mincherton stand with a Reefinator. Credit: Lauren Calvin Cally Dupe, The West Australian, 9 Nov 2017 The burgeoning company behind the rock-crushing Reefinator machine has won the growth category of the WA Innovator of the Year Awards. Rocks Gone, founded by former Chapman Valley farmer Tim Pannell, […]

Machine breaks ground

Machine breaks ground Tim Pannell’s business is a family affair, with his daughters Joanne and Amy chipping in. Credit: Picture: Sharon Smith There is not much Tim Pannell does not know about crushing rocks. The former Chapman Valley farmer has built his success on the need to adapt farming equipment to handle hard, lateritic rock found throughout the Wheatbelt. The family sold out of farming and Mr Pannell set about trying to design a machine for rock crushing, initially using an imported rotary machine for contract work. “We needed a machine that farmers could hook behind a big tractor,” he said. After three years, he developed the Reefinator. “In most cases farmers are already farming on the paddock and its poor, shallow country. “They run a few sheep on it and sometimes run a crop on it to try and clean it up but they don’t believe it (the land) can be fully utilised, but it can.” The Reefinator was named best Australian made machine at the Yorke Peninsula Field Days and best new release at the Newdegate Machinery Field Days in 2015.

Tim Pannell’s business is a family affair, with his daughters Joanne and Amy chipping in. Credit: Picture: Sharon Smith Cally Dupe, Countryman, 8 Feb 2017 There is not much Tim Pannell does not know about crushing rocks. The former Chapman Valley farmer has built his success on the need to adapt farming equipment to handle hard, lateritic […]