A Brief Profile
Philip & Judith Dobson began Dobson's Vegetable Machinery in Tasmania back in 1983. A qualified boilermaker welder, Philip had grown up on a small farm near Ulverstone, Tasmania. Looking for something to do whilst recovering from injuries, Philip was asked to modify some farm equipment for one of the local machinery distributors. The work was a success and Philip found he enjoyed the challenge, from there the business grew into manufacturing unique agricultural machinery to suit the heavy soil conditions of the North-West Coast of Tasmania. The first machines manufactured were a range of single and two row potato diggers which competed with imported European machines. Modifications to imported potato harvesters and planters were also undertaken to better suit individual grower needs. Our signature and versatile, Dobmac Potato Planter, is still manufactured in Tasmania today and is well known, with sales now extending nationally and internationally.
Over the years Dobmac has been an innovative pioneer, designing and perfecting machines where a niche or need was seen. Some of our historical advancements include
Dobmac Quick Release Front End Loader,
Dobmac Potato Planter and high speed planter
Drain and ditch diggers
Dobmac mini tuber planter
Onion and garlic lifters
Ripper mulcher for soil erosion control
Fixed potato seed cutters
Bed formers & field bunker trailers
Processing equipment including box tippers, bin fillers, straight and elevated conveyors, Product sorting and sizing machinery.
Patented Dobmac broccoli trimming machine & Patented Dobmac Broccoli harvester
Dobmac's success locally caused it to out-grow it's early premises twice in rapid succession, ensuring constant remodelling of the current property as well as workshop / parts distribution centres on the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Dobmac has steadily grown over the years thanks to the support of local farmers who have assisted with research and development, field trials, and their invaluable feed back.
In 2003 Philip & Judith's son, Mark joined the company, first into technology, installing video monitoring systems to vegetable harvesters allowing operators greater visability and control. Mark has since advanced into service & commissioning, sales and recently management. Following his father's footsteps by steering the company into new and exciting horizons. Currently employing over 15 staff in Tasmania and 3 in New Zealand, Dobmac is proud of its legacy of innovative equipment and exemplary customer service.
Dobmac is widely recognised in the agricultural industry for being an award winning and active member in the region. By supporting both local and international field days, industry boards, training and conferences, Dobmac keeps abreast with advancements in techniques and technology. As an active community member, Dobmac is pleased to sponsor and support Ronald McDonald House Charity and the UTAS Science and Engineering Department.
After nearly 35 years, Dobmac is proud to still be a family owned and operated business, with Mark Dobson as General Manager. Over the decades Dobmac has adapted to changes in the global agricultural market and is excited to drive further efficiencies and productivity for the industry into the future.