Deere in stock at Phil Hunt Parts

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Adding parts for John Deere construction equipment to the range is a change for Phil Hunt Parts, but the traditions of solid customer service are staying strong into the next generation

Deere in stock at Phil Hunt Parts
Any new machines brought in are quickly scoured for parts

 

It’s not lost on Phil Hunt Parts managing director Brendan Hunt that the company he manages is a generational business.

"Very often these days I’m finding the ‘old man’ started dealing with the father of the family – and today I’m dealing with their sons," he says.

"The blokes my old man started dealing with in the early 90s, I’m dealing with their kids now, and obviously I’m second generation as well."

But, as Hunt explains, it’s something that goes with the territory of being Australia’s sole supplier of second-hand parts for Allis Chalmers, Fiat Allis and John Deere Construction Equipment – a loyal customer base he’s grateful for.

"We’ve carved ourselves a bit of a niche for machines that aren’t overly popular across the contractor sector, we leave the Caterpillar and Komatsu blokes to do their own thing" he says.

"If they think old gear they think of us first, because we really are the only ones left who keep anything for them, and can get blokes going again."

The company got its start when Phil placed an advertisement in The Land looking for parts for a 1940s-era HD7 Allis Chalmers dozer – after failing to find them anywhere – only to get several calls from fellow farmers looking for the same type of parts – and so the seed was sown that a parts business may be required.

And while Allis Chalmers ceased production in 1974, there are still plenty of farmers in that same situation – seeking parts for trusted equipment.

"Allis Chalmers obviously started in the US, but having bought out a host of competitors over the years, we have so much stock now, we are actually exporting new and used parts back to the US, where they were originally manufactured," Hunt says.

Hunt also wrecks Fiat earthmoving and agricultural equipment, servicing the operating equipment and importing parts from Europe on a weekly basis.

"The Fiat blokes are Fiat through and through, and the fact we stock such a huge range of new and used Fiat parts these days keeps us very busy," he says.

"We are importing new parts regularly, we might bring in half a million dollars in new parts a year, and we’re also wrecking, to give our customers a good used option on some of the more expensive items."

With one eye to the future, Brendan has expanded the company’s product line-up to now include new and used parts to suit John Deere construction equipment.

"In the past five or six years we’ve started dismantling John Deere graders, dozers, loaders and scrapers," he said.

"We are the only ones in Australia wrecking John Deere Construction Equipment and we are very, very good at it these days," he says.

With a total stock inventory of more than 80,000 new parts in its database, multiple sheds and a yard full of used parts, Hunt makes sure his customers’ spare parts needs are always met.

"We try to keep enough fast-moving parts and filter kits on the shelf, to cater for 20–30 machines at any one time," he explains.

"There’s probably close to 50 John Deere machines, John Deere graders in particular, dismantled in the yard, so we’re trying to keep a balance of new and used stock for our customers," he says.

"We’re going pretty hard at the new and used side of John Deere in particular and I would say that we are stocking most things these days – we carry large amounts of engine rebuild parts and blade and circle hardware, year round."

Hunt adds that, from its base in Tamworth, Phil Hunt Parts can access a large number of freight providers to ensure that the spare parts get out to buyers as quickly as possible.

"There’s not a state or territory we don’t cover and we ship worldwide. Every day there is a shipment going overseas somewhere," he says.

The Tamworth base not only boasts a yard full of used dismantling machines but also features an engineering workshop, used for repairing and manufacturing parts that can’t be procured, and a sandblasting cabinet used for refurbishing used parts to a new standard.

Paramount to the success of Phil Hunt Parts is the dedicated staff, with over 75 years’ experience in the earthmoving spare parts business.

"We’re a team of six and I’m fortunate to have as many good people around me as I do, with serious experience in the industry," Brendan says.

"We’ve got years on years of experience there, so when our customers phone, often we’re in front of what they require and can get things moving for them ASAP

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