• Gason Mower & Slashers

    Gason-CGE mowers and slashers can be your first choice for mowing and slashing machinery.

    We are serious in providing Australian agricultural operators with the opportunity to invest in machinery that is designed and built in Australia, equipped with components of strength and durability to meet the evolving demands our country imposes on machinery.

    Consider Gason-CGE mowers and slashers, you will not be disappointed.

    Maintaining a 34 year old tradition

    A.F. Gason Pty Ltd 2010 acquisition of Chris Grow Engineering further compliments our commitment for manufacture and supplying our customers the best in Australian designed and built agricultural machinery.

    The Gason-CGE range of mowers and slashers provides innovative operating designs and features determined by each relevant agricultural sector and supported by complimenting components and fixtures to provide leading performance and reliability for your investment.

    A.F. Gason Pty Ltd Engineering and Design Department is focused on the in-field operating reliability of machines and new product design for the next generation of mowers and slashers, including matching or exceeding the statutory design and safety requirements for modern day mowers / slashers.

    Industry leading choice of mower/slasher platforms

    VHD Mowers & Slashers – Very Heavy-Duty is the basis of our public works and contractor selection of machines, including single rotor slashers, twin rotor public works range of machines and delta wing mower/slashers.

    Cropper Topper - The highly productive range of Cropper Topper stubble mulchers provides the modern day Broadacre cereal grower with ‘purpose specific designed’ machines and complimenting options to achieve higher levels of infield productivity.

    Orchard mowers: Gason-CGE is proud to be the leading supplier of orchard mowers to the horticultural sector with CGE having been instrumental in creating interow mowing concepts which are now deemed standard operation.

    Vineyard mowers: Again, Gason-CGE has pioneered the design and development of the interow vineyard mower providing a standard range of machines to meet most vineyard requirements.

     

     

  • History

    A.F. Gason is proudly building on the product foundation created by Chris Grow Engineering.

    Having acquired the intellectual rights to a range of popular CGE machine models in 2010, we have now created a comprehensive range of standard models to meet the needs of customers who value strong build quality and impressive operating statistics.

    New models are being created to satisfy the evolving machinery demands imposed by legislation, farming practices and general changes that regularly arise.

    We reflect on our new history with Gason-CGE mowers and slashers as follows:

    2015
    Triple rotor, trailed Almond Orchard Mower is brought into the range of Gason-CGE mowers and slashers. This model has been the machine of choice for 30 years for the ever growing Australian Almond Orchard Industry.

    2014
    VHD range of Council / Shire mowers and slasher’s sales increase in great numbers, reflecting the popularity of this range for demanding slashing conditions and versatile operating design.

    2013
    Single rotor VHD slashers become the machine of choice for Government departments involved with maintenance within National Parks and roadside slashing requirements.

    2012
    Current comprehensive range of flat deck and winged orchard mowers completed to Gason engineering and manufacture standards and released to the market.

    2011
    Proper Topper design updated to meet the requirements of industry standard “Slashers - A guide on health and safety standards - February 2011”. 12 month trialing of the 35ft Cotton Mulcher proves successful in all areas of performance, build strength and field results.

    2010
    A.F. Gason acquire the intellectual rights to Chris Grow Engineering mowers and slashers. Gason engineers commence updating designs and investing in manufacturing jigs and tools. Cropper Toppers are the first product to be fully built at Ararat for the Australian market.

    A reminder of the Chris Grow Engineering history follows:

    Chris Grow Engineering has stood the test of time since being founded by Chris Grow in 1977. Located in the heart of the cool climate region of the Adelaide Hills, South Australia, it has flourished to become a national and international exporter of product.

    The company was established with the sole aim of providing a specialist service in the design of tractor drawn mowing equipment. It has become the premier mower designer and manufacturer within Australia and exports to the USA, France, Spain and New Zealand.

    Chris Grow Engineering strength lies in the fact that early in it's history the company embarked upon, and has sustained, an extensive research and development program. This program caters for the most recent advancements and developments in industry practice. That means it continually produces state of the art equipment that can compete on any world stage.

    Quality and quality assurance is important, as the following will attest to:

    • Quality accreditation to ISO9001:2000. Certification Number 7875

    • Certification Europe EC Machinery Directive 98/37/EC

    • Australian Standards ASO 4024.1-2006, AS1121-1983 and AS/NZS 2153.1:1997 (ISO4254-1:1989) have been adhered to in the design of CGE mowers

    • Occupational, Health, Safety and Welfare requirements have been adhered to in the design of CGE mowers

    • Chris Grow Engineering Pty Ltd products are covered by a 12 month warranty

    CGE - 30 years in the making... a look back

    2008
    3 Row Vineyard Mower received Innovation Award 2008 from the Wine Industry Suppliers Association.

    2007
    3 Row Vineyard Mower.
    Concept idea and drafts started in early 2006 and fast tracked in February 2007 after top management meeting convened by Fosters Wine Group. Prototype developed for static release at Wine Tech, July 2007. Trials of the machine commenced late 2007.

    2005
    Spain.
    Soil scientists and viticulturalists from California consulting to Spanish clients recommended the use of Chris Grow Engineering mowers. Vineyards in Toledo commence new practice with CGE equipment.

    2004
    “Cropper Topper” Stubble Mulcher.
    Broadacre cropping farmers pursue 'no till' and 'no burn' stubble management. Conventional hay mowers and field slashers leave windrows and not fine pulverised stubble. Leading industry figure, Mr Brian Hedt's (Victoria’s Wimmera region) expertise and trials bought about the development of high speed stubble mulcher for 'no till' management units from 24ft to 41ft wide.

    2003
    Twin Row mowing system developed for Pellenc, France to suit tool carrier arms for multifunction tractor. A purpose specific designed 3 rotor hydraulic mower with full floatation and contour pivots to cater for the extremities of movement in over row tractors.

    2002
    Development of large multi rotor industrial slashers to 24ft wide for forestry and airfield clearing.

    2001
    Californian produced units flow north to vineyards in Oregon and Washington and east to Texas.

    New Zealand distributor appointed.

    2000
    New US corporation formed with American Partners to manufacture in California USA.

    1999
    Certification Europe – The CE mark. Chris Grow Engineering was the first Australian agricultural machinery manufacturer to obtain Certification Europe, to comply with EEC and EEU standards. CGE pioneered a pathway between Europe and Australia to obtain endorsement consulting set up in Australia to eliminate on-site testing and certification in Europe.

    1998
    Chris Grow Engineering gained Quality Accreditation ISO9001, NATA Certified, for design and management.

    1997
    French importer distributor based in Nimes, south of France.

    1996
    Export growth in California with first units designed for Gallo wines organic ranch. Chris Grow Engineering mowers were customised to suit US viticultural conditions and practices - a service not offered by the major US mass produced products or European imports. CGE mowers are used by the most recognised wine producers in the USA.

    First expandable eclipsing under-vine mulch throw mower developed for Henschke Wines, Keyneton SA, to place both cut and imported straw under-vine on various row widths and mound sizes.

    1995
    The Australian Government Trade Commission (AUSTRADE), together with BHP, surveyed the Australian Wine Industry to find details about their practices and main suppliers of product and services, as North American winemakers and vineyard managers were intrigued with Australian wine technology.

    Chris Grow Engineering is a founding member of the Australian Wine Technology Export Group (AWTEG) under the auspices of Austrade. The seven member companies launched their services at Winetech, Sacramento, California in January 1996.

    1993
    The first export model vineyard mower was shipped to Narbonne, in the south of France.

    1990
    Under-vine mulch throw mower for Vineyards. Wine industry's leading consultants recommend less use of water and herbicide. High fibrous cover crops planted inter-row in warm climate vineyards are cut down prior to bud burst and the long stem foliage placed under-vine to retard weed growth and prevent evaporation from irrigation systems.

    Slasher, hay and sickle type mowers were trialled but the best results were obtained from a front mounted high clearance twin rotor side discharge mower.

    1989
    Patented “Proper Topper” Pasture topper designed and trialled with northern Victorian dairy farmers. Victorian and New South Wales dairy industry’s “Operation Mid Lactation” and “Target 20” programs were a clean, green push to boost milk production and protein via pasture improvement.

    The requirement was a clean cut with no wheel marks and windrows and of rugged reliability for everyday use. Many “off the shelf” mowing products were trialled. After the prototype was tested and refined, the group stated, “Finally, we’ve got a Proper Topper”. To this day it remains Chris Grow Engineering’s main product line to the dairy, beef and horse industries.

    1985
    First Twin Rotor Vineyard mower manufactured for Thomas Hardy and Sons Vineyard at Padthaway, SA. All vineyards in Australia at this time were either ploughed or rotary cultivated, these vineyards were the first to move towards a permanent sward of pasture inter-row and herbicide spraying under-vine.

    1984
    “New Implement Award” received at the Australian National Field Days in Orange NSW for the “Drop Centre Sprayer Mower”.

    1982
    One pass “Sprayer Mower” designed in conjunction with local orchardists, eliminating the standard practice of two passes down a row with an offset mower and two passes with an under-tree herbicide sprayer, a true proven saving of 75% of time, fuel and associated costs. Sprayer mowers are now the industry standard with some European manufacturers offering the same.

    1980
    Twin rotor “drop-centre” mower designed for “V” drain shaped inter-row in orchards.

    1978
    Found a niche market in building “scaled down” rotary slashers and grader blades for the mass importation of Japanese tractors in the under 30hp sector. All other suppliers tried to fit larger “cut down” implements.

    1977
    From a farming background, Chris Grow founded the business at age 19, after completing his apprenticeship at an Adelaide tractor and farm machinery franchise.

  • Tailored design solutions

    Gason-CGE is Australia’s leading innovator of mowing / slashing design and machine manufacture for agricultural based industries.

    The majority of Gason-CGE products have been created from an individuals need for a machine to carry out a mowing task particular to their property demands.

    The Gason-CGE range of products reflects a variety of standard models which cater for ‘industry standard’ applications via a variety of specialist, purpose specific designs, determined by a thorough analysis of the customers needs.

  • Designed and manufactured to individual needs

    A.F. Gason was established in 1946 and with Gason-CGE mowers and slashers provides a manufacturing service basic to the design and manufacture of tractor drawn mowing equipment.

    The standard range of mowers are designed and manufactured to meet the individual needs of viticulturists, agriculturists and horticulturists in Australia, USA, France, Spain, South Africa and New Zealand.

    Our company takes great pride in its ability to manufacture machinery with the best design features and highest build quality to ensure the needs of its customers are satisfied. This is achieved by using modern manufacturing procedures crafted by dedicated professionals working to determined quality levels.

    The Company is committed to pursuing continuous improvement in all aspects of its operations and to assist in achievement of our objectives, has established a Quality Management System, which conforms to the requirements of the Australian / International Standard: AS/NZS ISO 9001:2008 Certification No: QEC 5617.

  • Dedicated craftsmen working to determined quality levels

    Dedicated craftsmen working to determined quality levels

    A.F. Gason was established in 1946 and with Gason-CGE mowers and slashers provides a manufacturing service basic to the design and manufacture of tractor drawn mowing equipment.

    Our aim is to maintain and develop the philosophies of CGE and provide a range of standard model machines basic to the design of tractor drawn mowing equipment. Historical export programs particularly in USA, France, Spain, South Africa and New Zealand, has supplemented Australian adoptions.

    Early in its history the company embarked upon and has sustained a research and development program which caters for developments in agriculture, acquiring knowledge of state of the art componentry and using modern manufacturing procedures by dedicated company craftsmen working to determined quality levels.

    The important aspect of reliable power transmission is achieved by utilising assemblies produced to ISO 9001 standards.

    • Chris Grow Engineering is Quality accredited to ISO 9001:2000. Certification Number 7875
    • Certification Europe EC Machinery Directive 98/37/EC
    • Recommendations as required in the following Australian Standards have been observed:
      AS 4024.1 - 2006
      AS 1121 - 2007
      AS/NZS 2153.1:1997 (ISO 4254-1:1989)
    • Relevant Occupational, Health, Safety and Welfare requirements have been considered in the design of all CGE Mowers
    • Chris Grow Engineering Pty Ltd products are covered by a 12 month warranty
  • Exceeding Australian safety standards

    A.F. Gason Pty Ltd takes a responsible attitude to meeting the required levels of safety in machine design and operations.

    All machines are manufactured to meet and or exceed the “Slashers - A guide on Health and Safety Standards - February 2011” guidelines that have been created.

    All PTO shafts are fully covered using an extensive range of approved covers and protective housings. All operator manuals are created to reflect current safe operating practices.

    As part of Research and Development as new safety standards or practices enter the market they are incorporated into the design and manufacture of Gason-CGE machines.

    All machines are issued with operator manuals.