Local Engineering Company Supports Agri-businesses with specialist parts, fabrication and servicing requirements

Berwick-upon-Tweed-based engineers and fabricators, J H Wood, is one of the foremost independent engineering companies with a strong agricultural involvement from repairs to refurbishments to new installations. 

The business provides advice on any engineering requirements and are experts on the complex machinery that is associated with the farming industry, along with providing easy access to equipment, reverse engineering and spares, both off the shelf and bespoke, to the agricultural community

Their list of services includes but are not limited to:

  • Servicing of machinery from axels to zed drives
  • Repairs, refurbishment of farm machinery and equipment for potato harvesters to trailers
  • Demolition works
  • Installations and commissioning
  • Mechanical strip downs, belts and drive components,
  • Replacing of burners for biomass boilers,
  • Creation of support work for cattle slat systems
  • Re-roofing of farm buildings,
  • Refurbishment of conveyors motor and drive mills.

Explaining the truly unique level of their service, Matthew Rawlings, Business Development Manager, who has 30 years’ experience in fabrication behind him, explains:

“It is very difficult for us to fully define the services we offer as they are all so diverse and mostly bespoke. Essentially, JH Woods can support any engineering work you require as part of your agri-business, it is just a case of contacting us so that we can provide the initial advice and draw up a plan and a quote for the work.”

Each client has very individual requirements, but a recent project has included all the fabrication work, which incorporated installation of three 250 tonne heavy duty hopper bottom silos for A & G Warcup on the Ford and Etal estate near Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Recent non-agricultural, but rather architectural restorations for historic properties, have included railings and support steel work for buildings, such as Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland and Warwick Mill in Carlisle.

Work for other sectors has included grading equipment for the shell fishing industry, refurbishment of processing equipment for food production, equipment for grading at a major paper mill and a more complex recent project was the calibration of a machine to clear the gas pipe which runs 320 Kilometres from the Shetlands to the UK Mainland. After searching for a specialist to solve the problem the owners recruited JH Wood, due to its reputation for finding solutions.

As well as solutions, the company prides itself on going above and beyond when the need arises.  This is always the case at harvest time, when farmers are feeling the pressure.  JH Wood offers special seasonal support in the form of its ‘Harvest Helpline’ whereby engineers provide immediate help with any urgent repairs both on and off-site, and store opening hours are longer.

Matthew added:

“We are renowned for our range of skills and exacting standards, so if you have any challenging engineering issues, we are usually able to solve the problem.  We have recently, further strengthened our engineering team and expanded the stores to offer wear parts, plough metal and other associated items to support businesses. However, it is always important to note that prevention is better than cure so ongoing maintenance before these peak times will guarantee a smoother season ahead.”