Lawn Mowers and Alpacas at the Farm Fantastic Expo

Lawn Mowers and Alpacas at the Farm Fantastic Expo

Yesterday we visited the annual Farm Fantastic Expo at Caboolture – a town famous for Keith Urban and country music – located about half way between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

It was a beautiful, 28 degree, winter’s day with a huge variety of local and interstate stallholders, food stands and animal displays, which kept all members of the family entertained.

In amongst the 700 exhibitor sites, there were several lawn mower displays. The biggest of which was probably from The Mower Supastore (located at 1/245 Leitchs Road, Brendale).

 

Lawn mowers at the Farm Fantastic Expo - The Mower Supastore © GreenSocks

Lawn mowers at the Farm Fantastic Expo – The Mower Supastore © GreenSocks

 

More lawn mowers at the Farm Fantastic Expo - The Mower Supastore © GreenSocks

More lawn mowers at the Farm Fantastic Expo – The Mower Supastore © GreenSocks

 

Here is one of the fancy, high-end mowers that was at The Mower Supastore display. It is the powerful Toro Groundsmaster 7200 zero turn rotary mower. With its Kubota 28 hp (21 kw) and 35 hp (26 kw) powerful 3-cylinder, liquid cooled diesel engines, it was certainly an impressive piece of mowing machinery.

The Toro Groundsmaster® 7200 zero turn mower at the Farm Fantastic Expo © GreenSocks

The Toro Groundsmaster® 7200 zero turn mower at the Farm Fantastic Expo © GreenSocks

 

If you were after the Toro Groundsmaster 360 Quad-Steer 4WD mower, they had those too. Powered by a 36 hp (26.8 kW) Kubota 4-cylinder diesel engine, this mower claims to use Quad-Steer all-wheel-steering to climb hills without slipping and to make 180° turns without tearing turf. Awesome!

The Toro Groundsmaster® 360 Quad-steer mower at the Farm Fantastic Expo © GreenSocks

The Toro Groundsmaster® 360 Quad-steer mower at the Farm Fantastic Expo © GreenSocks

 

If however you were looking for Husqvarna mowers and power tools, the guys from Pine Rivers Mowers had plenty. From standard lawn mowers to commercial ride-on mowers, whipper snippers to chainsaws, Pine Rivers Mowers (usually found at 1195 Anzac Ave, Kallangur) had you covered.

Pine Rivers Mowers display at the Farm Fantastic Expo © GreenSocks

Pine Rivers Mowers display at the Farm Fantastic Expo © GreenSocks

 

More of a Kubota guy? The David Evans Group (from Brisbane, Gatton, Toowoomba and Nambour) didn’t let you down. From the Kubota BX2370, to the Kubota GR2120, to the Kubota 21 inch Commercial Pro and everything in between, the friendly folk from the David Evans Group were only too happy to talk Kubota lawn mowers with interested expo goers.

The David Evans Group and their Kubota lawn mowers at the Farm Fantastic Expo © GreenSocks

The David Evans Group and their Kubota lawn mowers at the Farm Fantastic Expo © GreenSocks

 

But an expo wouldn’t be complete without John Deere mowers, so JPM Machinery (located at 110 Morayfield Rd, Morayfield) were on hand to talk John Deere mowers – big and small.

JPM Machinery display of John Deere Mowers at the Farm Fantastic Expo © GreenSocks

JPM Machinery display of John Deere Mowers at the Farm Fantastic Expo © GreenSocks

 

Wish there was an alternative to a power mower? Well, if you love animals, perhaps you could have picked up an alpaca to do your lawnmowing for you!

As long as they’re eating native, unfertilised grass, they can graze away all day at your lawns for you. They’re gentle natured, environmentally friendly, extremely intelligent, live for 15-20 years, produce good natural fertiliser, are easy to care for, and will surely be a talking point whenever you welcome visitors.

Alpacas being judged at the Farm Fantastic Expo, Caboolture © GreenSocks

Alpacas being judged at the Farm Fantastic Expo, Caboolture © GreenSocks

 

Plus, if you get cold in winter, you can always spin their fleece into Alpaca fibre – similar in texture to wool – to make knitted and woven items like scarves, gloves, sweaters, blankets and more. Here’s an example of how to do it, from a dedicated member of the Australian Alpaca Association (yes, that’s really a thing!).

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Thanks Farm Fantastic Expo for a great day out. And next time we need some new green socks, we’ll know where to go!

Thousands of green socks at the Farm Fantastic Expo © GreenSocks

Thousands of green socks at the Farm Fantastic Expo © GreenSocks

 

Handy packs of green socks at the Farm Fantastic Expo © GreenSocks

Handy packs of green socks at the Farm Fantastic Expo © GreenSocks

 

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