At Hustler, we’re obsessed with crafting revolutionary livestock farm equipment that customers absolutely love!
Building a Jet Engine for his push-bike at just 8 years old… was one of the many inventions that just occurred on the Currie family farm. Needless to say when Russell’s father discovered the contraption, “he tried to pull the hand brake on the idea”
That same inventive gene went on to kick off Hustler Equipment some 59 years ago with that very gene running through 4 generations and creating a thriving global company Head Quartered only a few miles from the original farm in the back blocks of New Zealand
Hustler has grown its business on global demand, by staying at the forefront of an industry where technological developments are constantly emerging and discerning buyers are seeking to improve their efficiencies.
Much of the testing and trialing of new equipment is carried out by end-users in the field, and around the world to ensure that Hustler products meet the demands of a global market.
From humble beginnings to today
R.H. Currie started making orchard equipment from his shed in Raupere Rd.
First sprayers built.
‘CURRIE-BILT’ brand introduced.
Image: one of the first sprayers developed in early 1960’s.
First hydraulic rams produced.
Image: ute-mounted sprayers for contractors developed in mid-1960’s.
Company moved to Ikanui Rd, Hastings.
Started making sprayers for ‘Winstone’ who exported them to Hawaii, Bermuda, Samoa, Fiji and Australia.
Image: one of the first sprayers developed for Winstone.
First turn-around tractor forklift produced.
Image: a turn-around tractor forklift front of R.H. Currie Manufacture at Ikanui Rd, Hastings.
‘HUSTLER’ brand introduced.
Image: R.H. Currie driving a Hustler forklift.
Patented self-steer sprayers introduced.
Image: one of the first worldwide developed and patented steering axle on sprayers.
2-year warranty introduced.
Image: ‘Clearview’ forklifts that are covered by our two-year warranty, like all Hustler products after that date.
New range of all-roller ‘Clearview’ masts introduced.
Multi-lift™ non hydraulic forklift patented NZ and Australia.
Image: Multi-lift™ non hydraulic forklift (E2 Economy).
Additions to factory ‘HUSTLER’ brand launched.
Image: Hustler machines loaded and ready for export in Australia.
Front Runner™ front mounted minilift introduced.
Standard Top Link Range introduced.
Image: Front Runner™ front mounted on a Fiat 55-66 tractor.
Larger site opened in Omahu Rd, Hastings.
Load Floater™ Suspension bin fork introduced.
SPIKA™ bale spiker and feeder introduced.
Image: One of the very first SPIKA™ bale spiker and feeder.
Patented CHAINLESS 2000 bale feeder introduced.
Softarms™ developed for handling wrapped bales.
Rolatrac™ mounting system for New Holland Supersteer tractors introduced.
Image: Rolatrac™ mounting system showcased on a New Holland tractor.
VMX™ forklifts launched
Image: one of the first VMX™ forklifts.
Expansion do factory at Omahu Rd, Hastings.
VS™ high visibility fork arm introduced.
Image: on going factory expansion.
‘Clearview’ fork developed for industrial applications.
Patented CHAINLESS 4000 self loading bale feeder introduced.
CHAINLESS 8000 multi-bale feeder prototype shown at dealer day.
Purchase of testing/development facility opposite HQ.
Image: one of the first patented CHAINLESS 4000 being developed and tested.
SL Range bale feeders introduced.
Spraysmart imported sprayer range introduced.
CHAINLESS freeflow wiper introduced – dramatically reducing jamming and clogging of difficult bales.
Image: Official launching event for the Spraymart sprayers range in 2009.
SL-450T folding extension trough feeder introduced.
Raven Precision farming range introduced.
Image: one of the first SL-450T folding extension trough feeder being developed and tested.
SLX bale feeders launched.
1500-litre linkage sprayer introduced.
Spraysmart Target range introduced.
Spraysmart Duraboom launched NZ’s Toughest.
Image: Massive capacity Fox sprayer.
Revolutionary Katipo sprayer range introduced, changing the game for linkage sprayers.
Image: Katipo sprayer.
Bale loading camera on the New CHAINLESS X5000 bale feeder.
CHAINLESS X5000 bale feeder launched.
Image: bale loading camera.
Patented hands-free auto connect/disconnect loading system ‘Snaplox’ introduced.
Hustler Equipment has acquired Robertson Manufacturing.
Image: Snaplox system being demonstrated.
Wireless Touch Feed X™ kit introduced.
Image: Wireless Touch Feed X™ showcased on a X2500 bale feeder makes operation easier for tractors with 1 DA hydraulic remote.
Brand new, purpose built, state-of-the-art Global Headquarters building achieved.
Hustler has stood the test of time, founded in 1961 on the same principals that govern everything we do today.
“World class company providing state-of-the-art equipment enabling livestock to thrive in healthier, timely feeding conditions delivering significant reductions in waste, enabling clients to bank greater profits and lead a happier life”
We’re always on the lookout for great people to join our growing team if you’re interested in working with us, get in touch.
Just let us know which position you want to apply for and attach your CV.
Hustler has been designing and building farm equipment since 1961. We combine a love for machines with creativity, an understanding of farming, and a passion for discovering better ways to do everyday tasks.
Our head office location in one of New Zealand’s key agricultural regions keeps us in touch with the requirements of some of the world’s best farmers. We listen, we observe, and we challenge the status quo to develop products that meet the evolving needs of agriculture. Industry-leading technology ensures meticulous manufacturing standards.
All new Hustler products undergo a grueling test programme, When they survive we stand behind them with our five-year warranty and our global dealer network.
All products manufactured in 2023 or later (except the Hurricane) are now backed up by a 5-year warranty worldwide.
For all products manufactured earlier, a full 2-year warranty applies globally to all products manufactured by Hustler Equipment and a full 12-month warranty applies to all products manufactured by Robertson, a division of Hustler. An optional extended 4 warranty is available in some countries – contact your nearest dealer for more information.
Yes, Hustler’s new Chainless are the only bale feeders on the market that will reliably feed out any bale! Earlier models of Chainless 2000 and Chainless 4000 struggled with wet, soggy balage or fine cut bales. We recommend with these models to lift the platform higher than usual.
Yes – it doesn’t matter which way the bale is unwinding, a Chainless will feed it out
Yes, the Chainless models are designed specifically for feeding any type of bale round, square, hay, baleage, straw, etc. This is because of the twin drums turning at different speeds, which tease out bales rather than simply unrolling them.
Our Unrolla bale feeders can feed out square bales with the optional sidebar kit fitted, although like all cradle-type feeders they will not feed square bales as well as the specially-designed Chainless range.
Yes, round and square.
Bearings. Because bearings, unlike bushes, are silent and don’t flog out when not greased. Bearings well out-last bushes and have much less friction, providing a smooth, free-running operation and require a lot less grease to maintain.
We mount our bearings externally to further prevent hay, silage juice, and straw from causing damage or premature wear, as found with any internally mounted bearing or bush. We use heavy duty, self-aligning, 4 bolt flange bearings with trash shields to withstand the harshest of conditions, even mud!
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Hustler’s accredited dealers worldwide stock all common parts. Contact the Aftersales department should you require help identifying the correct parts
Type in your address on the dealer selection page, or phone +64 6879 7926
Our dedication to you doesn’t stop when you leave the dealer. That’s because owning a Hustler should be as rewarding as the time it saves you.
All Hustler built products are backed with a full 2-year warranty for added peace of mind in the field and include Hustler’s legendary service, back up and support that exceeds your expectations.
Hustler Equipment is an official New Zealand FernMark Licencee, a government programme which promotes and protects New Zealand products and services on a global scale.
Visit our support page to locate your nearest Accredited Dealer, to contact our Hustler Field Consultants, to access to literature, resources, help or to find out more about our after-sales support.