Known for our focus on customer service and support and for being one of the largest agricultural machinery and truck dealerships in Australia, Vanderfield Pty Ltd has been operating since 1963. Our head office is located in Toowoomba on Queensland’s fertile Darling Downs –an area which supports a wide range of agricultural commodities, including cotton, summer and winter grain crops, horticulture, dairying and beef production.
How the company began
The company was established by Gordon Vandersee, who designed and manufactured Dynathrust front-end loaders and initially traded under the name of Farm Equipment Pty Ltd.
Not long after this, it became the Toowoomba New Holland and Chamberlain dealership and, when Chamberlain and John Deere merged in Australia in 1970, Vanderfield became the John Deere dealership in the Toowoomba area.
In 1993, Vanderfield Toowoomba was appointed as the dealer for the Hino range of light, medium and heavy trucks.
How we've grown
From our humble beginnings, Vanderfield has grown to a total now of thirteen branches situated in key farming and commercial localities. This expansion is reflective of our strong focus on meeting the needs of our customers with close partnerships and ongoing support.
A key event in our growth took place in 2012, as one of the largest John Deere groups globally, RDO Equipment Co., became our partners. RDO Equipment Co. is based in Fargo, North Dakota in the USA, and was established in 1968 by a local farmer, Mr Ron Offutt. RDO and Vanderfield are family-based businesses built on similar values and share a similar focus of commitment to being a partner with customers, employees, manufacturers and communities.
Partnering with RDO has facilitated further growth for Vanderfield, allowing us to enhance the value we provide to our customers.
Gordon Vandersee’s brother Claude and Gordon’s five children have all had an interest in the business overtime. Following Gordon’s retirement in 1991, the legacy of the business was passed on to his sons to continue with the same ethical values and integrity that Gordon displayed in all his dealings with customers. Gordon continued to be interested in the business, offering wise advice and being an inspiration, until his passing in March 2018. Today, Bruce Vandersee is Vanderfield’s Chief Executive Officer and Rob Vandersee is the company’s Property Manager.
Vanderfield markets the complete range of John Deere agricultural machinery, plus their homeowner and commercial line of lawn and garden equipment. We were proudly one of the first dealers to bring cotton pickers in to Australia and, since 1996, our Toowoomba branch has frequently been acknowledged as the largest individual John Deere dealer in this country.
We added the extensive line-up of Hino trucks to our product range in 1993. The success of this partnership has led to Vanderfield being named ‘Dealer of the Year’ several times and receiving numerous parts and service awards.
We also market equipment from other major suppliers. These include Horsch multi-tillers and precision seeding machines, Manitou rough terrain materials handling equipment, Kuhn power tillage and hay equipment, Simplicity air seeders, Monosem precision planters, Grizzly tillage technology, and many more. Please refer to the Products tag for a more detailed list.
Part of our success is in the following statements we’ve adopted and adhere to closely: SERVICE – VALUE – INTEGRITY – INNOVATION – PARTNERSHIPS – PROSPERITY. Our whole focus at Vanderfield is to strive toward, and to provide every day, consistent service that adds value to the lives of our customers.