Razor-powered tarp systems

Based in the southern New South Wales border town of Tocumwal, Vanderhoek Engineering has been specialising in side-to-side roll-over tarps for the last 24 years.

The company also supplies and fits other styles of tarp systems including front-to-back retractable tarps.
Another specialty of the company is trailer repairs and modifications, including side extensions for grain bins and tippers to enable added carrying capacity. This involves the fabrication and welding of steel, aluminium and stainless-steel materials.

The owner of the business, Aaron Vanderhoek, says his initial experience with Razor powered tarps involved installing the units to a number of trailers owned by Border Express.

“They bought roof-less vans from MaxiTRANS to carry large rolls of paper and approached us to supply and fit a cover system,” Aaron says. “At that stage we had only fitted manually operated roll-over tarps, so setting up the Razor power system was a new thing for us.”

Aaron organised a meeting between himself, Geoff Watson – Razor International co-Managing Director and Border Express to thrash out the best solution.

“Geoff was confident he had the electric motor for the task and we had the tarp system so we embarked on a research and development (R&D) exercise and came up with a system that worked well for this particular application,” Aaron says.

The resultant power tarp arrangement met the expectations of Border Express and the units have been working effectively for the past 12 years, testament to the teamwork between Razor and Vanderhoek Engineering.
Aaron goes on to say that in his experience the larger transport companies have been the early adopters of Razor powered tarp systems as they seek to utilise technology that minimises the risk of injury to their employees.

“Many of the big companies see the value in terms of work health and safety (WHS) of their drivers not having to leave the cab to manually roll the tarp over on jobsites,” Aaron says. “So for these applications the Razor system is ideal.”

He says that while traditionally farmers and owner operators have preferred the simplicity and familiarity of the manual tarp, some who are older or have back, neck or shoulder injuries have requested the Razor powered system.

“As more Razor powered tarp systems are being ordered by the larger companies, we’re finding it’s creating a trickle-down effect with more smaller operators and farmers now showing interest in the system.
“For operators opening and closing the tarp 20 times per day, the Razor system pays for itself in a matter of months on time savings alone.

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