Fairbrother Industries – the power behind Kinghitter

Kinghitter post drivers are designed and manufactured by Fairbrother Industries in Auckland, New Zealand. Established by James (Jim) Fairbrother in 1977, the family-owned company is a living example of how Kiwi ingenuity creates products that lead the world.

Inventor of the hydraulic post driver

A qualified engineer with many years of problem-solving experience€“ on the land at sea -Jim Fairbrother was inspired to invent the first Kinghitter hydraulic post driver when he recognised the limitations of tractor-mounted mechanical post drivers.

Jim’€™s invention of the hydraulic post driver puts him in a group of New Zealand inventors that includes William Hamilton, inventor of the jet boat; Bill Gallagher, inventor of the electric fence; and Johnny Callender, inventor of the farm bike.

A New Zealand-owned family company

Jim Fairbrother has been joined in the business by son Matt and daughter Sarah, as well as a considerable team of engineers, managers, production specialists and marketers.

Respected for his ability to think outside the square, Jim still leads the Fairbrother Industries’€™ research and development team. His practical engineering skills and knowledge of customer needs help the Kinghitter brand to maintain leadership in the post driver market.



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Palmerston North:
(06) 354 7164

(06) 278 5119

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(06) 758 2274