Protecting a Family Business Legacy


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(Sponsored) Castrol RX Super has protected J & FL Buckley & Sons for 20 years. Inspired by a customer’s engine which ran for over 2.5 million kms, solely serviced using Castrol RX Super, we’re meeting the people that have made the brand the choice of protection for truck drivers, fleet owners and farmers alike.

Terry Buckley owns and operates J & FL Buckley & Sons as a family business with his brother Wayne and his parents Jeff and Faye. The family relocated from a modest 114 acre farm in the Adelaide Hills that had been in the family for many generations to Mingbool in 1966 to expand their business in potato growing and sheep grazing. After high school, Terry got his start on the farm managing a 100 acre potato crop. He turned 100 acres into 1,600 tonnes of spuds in his first cycle which he still sees as one of his crowning achievements. Terry and Wayne are 4th generation potato growers on their father’s side and 5th generation on their mother’s side.

The family now owns over 4,000 acres and leases land on 5 other properties which enables them to produce his potatoes in 5 year cycles.

For use on the farm, Jeff Buckley had built a custom four row self-propelled potato harvester, which is probably the first in the world. This is Jeff’s fifth harvester that he built, and number six is currently the main harvester on the property. Terry mostly concentrates on building the handling equipment that is used after the potato harvest.

Annually the business produces 20,000+ tonnes of potatoes, producing 2,000 tonnes a week during peak season. These are processing potatoes and are specifically designed for crisping and French fries. Internationally he exports these to Asia which includes South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and Hong Kong. Locally he supplies to your favourite chip brands of McCain’s, Smiths Chips and Redrock Deli.

Terry Buckley depends on Castrol RX Super 15W-40 to keep his assets working for him:

"The potato farm is my business and my passion. I run a mixed fleet of trucks, tractors and loaders with over 30 engines involved in irrigation. I have been using Castrol RX Super for 20 years across the farm.  It seems to work in everything and I haven’t had any trouble for all these years. You could say, it gives me the security I need. I am always building and modifying the machinery and am looking to operate the best farm I can. I want to produce the highest quality products that I can achieve even if it doesn’t necessarily give me the highest possible return. I push my machinery on good long runs on the farm; I’ve got 25,000 hours out of one of the pumper engines and it’s still running fine, with no sign of it wearing out. We use Castrol RX Super from our Honda engines to the biggest CAT engines, and got great results. I know I can rely on it to work, every time."

Terry has travelled across Asia, USA and Sweden. In the USA he had visited Washington, Idaho and Las Vegas. When asked whether or not he gambled during his time in Las Vegas, his response was:

"Putting down a million dollars’ worth of fertilizer hoping something will grow, that’s more than enough gambling for me!"

To watch the video of Terry’s story from J & FL Buckley please click here.

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