Farming legends since 1928!

The original MJ Hooper factory on Federal St, Auckland. Photo: Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections 786-A31-03, photographer N M Dubois.

In agriculture, it’s not strange to find farmers doing things exactly the same way their fathers did, or even a few generations earlier.

The reality is some traditional farming methods work just as well today as they did 100 years ago.

And when it comes to old farming tools, they were built to last a farmer’s lifetime.

The Hooper Harrow is no exception. Founded in 1928 by Matt Hooper, Hooper Traditional Harrows has been breaking and levelling tough NZ pastures for 96 years and is still going strong!

With a true dedication to craftsmanship, original harrows were manufactured by hand as factory staff bent each steel harrow loop manually.

The product quickly gained a reputation as a quality product that did the job and endured the test of time.

Hooper offered a range of products including ‘Ideal’ harrows and ‘Federal’ disc harrows – all manufactured in the MJ Hooper factory on Federal St, Auckland.

The famous yellow paint was custom-designed for the product and named ‘Federal Yellow’ as a nod to the factory location and company history. 

Historic price lists show the Hooper Harrow won first prizes and medals at the Royal Show in 1934, and the original ‘Ideal Harrow’ 4’6” Model sold for six pounds.

Today, the Traditional Hooper Harrow is still breaking ground with generational loyalty from farmers throughout New Zealand.

The range has grown to include ATV budget harrows, economy spiked harrows, covering harrows for seedbed preparation, heavy-duty round ring harrows, and the popular Douglas harrow range, named after Matt Hooper’s son Douglas.

Now manufactured in Palmerston North by Redback Global, Hooper Harrows are sold directly to farmers via the NZ farm machinery dealer network.

As Hooper Harrows plan its 100-year celebrations in a few years, they invite you to contact them or your local dealer to chat about your pastures and the best product for your application.


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