Sustainable Agricultural Machinery Developments Pty Ltd (SAM) was founded in 1989 by David McGrath and Gary Griffith to research and develop agricultural machinery suitable for sustainable agriculture and to further more efficient growing techniques. Gary Griffith left SAM in 1990 and David Wilson joined. The company first set out to build a power weeder for use in market gardens, with hilled row crops. This then escalated into more innovative concepts for the farming industry as a whole.
In 1990 the development of a mechanical weeder system began. SAM with the help of ‘Agrowplow’ Australian Soil Care Systems PTY. LTD of Wellington, NSW designed and built the first mechanical weeder, which SAM sell, manufacture and licence throughout the rest of the world. SAM continues to design and sell directly to the farmer resulting in the lowest possible prices. This paved the way for the development of a range of machines which form what is now known as the Raised Bed Management (RBM) System.
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In 1991 the Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce approved SAM a research and development grant. This was used to further the development of the company’s RBM Concept. The project was completed in early 1994 with the approval of a complete system of Bedformer, Bedlocker and Weeder/cultivator known as the ‘S.A.M. RBM System’.
During the course of the project SAM also developed a range of seeders known as the ‘Samseeder’. The Samseeder is manufactured in Wodonga, are robust by design and can be mounted on rotary hoes, power harrows, direct drills, etc. A full range includes small seeds boxes, seed only, seed and fertiliser boxes and the new ‘UREA Hoppers’ up to 1 tonne capacity. To date there are approximately 47 designs all based around sustainability and the conversion of old equipment to new.
SAM has won numerous awards throughout its existence for the machinery it has invented and produced. The most prominent being The Land newspaper Inventor of the Year at the Australian National Field Days in Orange, 1990.