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Anything that comes in the door, we’ll do it’

Tom O'Leary Nov 11
‘Anything that comes in the door, we’ll do it’
Whatever a farmer requires, Wayne Buckthought says he and his staff will do their best to get the job done for the client. Buckthought Engineering’s workshop is in Inglewood

Inglewood-based firm Buckthought Engineering has established its reputation on getting the job right first time.

Perhaps it is the background of company director Wayne Buckthought that makes the difference for the company’s largely rural client base. He grew up on a family dairy farm and milked cows for 10 years.

In that time he did the general engineering work on the farm. He says this has given him a sound understanding of the needs of rural clients.

And it has seen the company tackle a wide variety of projects including pipe work for cow sheds and yards, fixing farm machinery and high lift backing gates.

Whatever a farmer requires Wayne and his staff will do their best to get the job done for the client.

Services are varied and include customising, design, fabrication, machining, maintenance, manufacturing, overhauls, piping, repairs and welding. “Anything that comes in the door, we’ll do it,” says Wayne.

“We take pride in ensuring each job is done once and done right. We don’t want any job returning to us, so we make sure that everything is done to a high standard and to the client’s requirements.”

Wayne says he knows farmers want a rapid service and good economical responses to their problems as time is money for them, especially concerning an emergency breakdown.

“We always aim to get things done quickly. If we are doing a project but something urgent comes in, we can prioritise. Buckthought Engineering can also visit a site to do the job if necessary.”

Wayne is an advocate of preventative maintenance even though he is aware that most farmers tend to react once something is already broken.

By having their equipment and machinery checked regularly, farmers can save themselves the downtime and money associated with a sudden breakdown, he says “If we go in and check the equipment or machinery, we can see what needs fixing immediately, what can wait and what might be a problem in the future.

“It’s about protecting their business and ensuring that breakdowns don’t cost them time and money.”

Buckthought Engineering doesn’t just do work for rural clients though; the company has a varied client base, which also includes trucking firms and
concrete companies.

Wayne is also a member of the New Zealand Four Wheel Drive Association, and the company does a fair bit of work for fellow members.

Buckthought Engineering also takes on smaller jobs – it recently welded chairs for the local squash club, for example.

The company works put of a 30-metre x 18-metre workshop with a range of equipment that includes lathes, presses, welders, guillotines, drill presses, forklift and a lift.

Wayne aims to employ skilled staff and works Taranaki-wide.

On some projects, the company has gone further afield – to Wanganui and to Wellsford (Northland), for instance.

The scope of projects currently on the Buckthought Engineering schedule gives a good indication of the varied nature of the work that comes through the company door.

The current list includes: a trailer for a farmer; a grader blade; a bucket that attaches to a digger; and work for two dairy-shed projects. Wayne Buckthought says the region is busy and work is steady.

And even better – demand for the company’s services continues to remain high, and there are no signs of things slowing down.

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