A LEGENDARY 1953 GALION GRADER is purring again for third generation CHILDERS cane farmer Joe Russo. This big old grader is Joe’s trusty old workhorse. Built in 1953 and powered by an old NH Cummins , the old girl had a rebuild driven by TORQUEPOWER’s mobile technician Neil Bird, and completed today. The cane, soyabean and peanut farm needs continuous work on roads and tracks, and the farm and grader have been owned by successive generations of the Russo family.
Galion Iron Works is the name of the company that built Galion construction equipment. World famous for their graders that shaped the roads of the world, a saying emerged that “All roads lead to Galion.” They also manufactured rollers, cranes, asphalt millers and even riding squeegees among other machines. Joe Russo’s grandfather emigrated to Australia from Sicily in the early 1900s.
The family’s first involvement in the sugar industry was working in the fields along the Queensland coast as cane cutters, before buying land and settling down south of Childers. Joe’s first love was the farm, and as a youngster he would find any excuse to be away from school and working on the land by his father’s side.Today Joe is involved with the Queensland Canegrowers ; Queensland Farmers Federation and sugar research and development body BSES. 170 Beatty Road, ARCHERFIELD 07 32778277 www.torquepower.com