About Us

Our Story

John and Angelo Notaras display the computer ignition system that won the ABC Invention of the Year Award in 1975.
Angelo receiving the award with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Frazer and the judging panel.
The floor of the International Inventions & Technology Convention Geneva, Switzerland

Winner of International Gold Medals and other international awards, Atom Industries, an Australian-owned company, that has been inventing and manufacturing innovative quality products for many years. Atom’s international award winning inventions are sold in many countries worldwide.

Atom’s first invention in 1962 was the automatic reverse gear drilling attachment that fitted onto chainsaws. This enabled farmers to use their chainsaws to quickly drill holes of up to 32mm (1 ¼”) in diameter into wooden posts and run barbed or plain wire (using smaller holes), through the fencing post as well as to bolt together stockyards. This revolutionised rural fence building in Australia. It also has 100’s of other uses including use in tree surgery, electric power poles, playgrounds and park amenities.

This unique Automatic Reverse Gear drill attachment, manufactured since 1962, is still sold as the greatly advanced ATOM AUGER-STOP DRILLING ATTACHMENT which has an inertia safety mechanism which disconnects forward gear if the auger suddenly jams (a world first), but still allowing reverse gear to operate to immediately withdraw the auger and then to recommence drilling.

From this early start Atom’s inventions continued to be designed, developed, manufactured and sold in Australia as well as many export markets.


1963: Chainsaw Drill Attachment

Still being manufactured after more than 50 years of progressive innovation. The “Auger-Stop” model, introduced 18 years ago, is still a very popular product used in fencing, bridgework, tree surgery, rubber plantations, etc.

  • New Implement Award – Orange Field Day 1964
  • Australian Design Award No. 208
  • New Implement Award – Orange Field Day 1967

1972: Anti-vibration handles for Chainsaws

Developed for the Atom Chainsaw produced from 1972-1978. Licensed to Japanese and American chainsaw manufacturers.

1972: Atom Chainsaw

The Atom Chainsaw was Australia’s first and only fully integrated magnesium diecast, lightweight chainsaw produced with many novel features including a self-cleaning air cleaner that was later adopted (and still in use) by Swedish, US and Chinese manufacturers. Tariff reductions to zero forced closure of manufacture of this product.

1972: Atom Electronic Ignition System

Winner of ABC TV’s “Inventors” for 1976, this patented product was used extensively as a replacement for points and condensers fitted to small single cylinder engines with magneto ignition. It was used as original equipment on Atom’s own chainsaw production as well as to US, German, British and Indian manufacturers. Also, as a retrofit part to replace points and condensers. Many millions sold and much copied by overseas manufacturers.

  • Winner ABC TV Inventor of the Year Award
  • Australian Design Award No. 207
  • New Implement Award – Orange Field Day 1977

1994: Atom Auger-Stop Chainsaw Drill Attachment

Originally designed in 1962 (see above), it was redesigned with unique and important safety features. This unique product easily fits most chainsaws by removing bar and chain, and fitting drill attachment. Its unique reverse mechanism and Auger-Stop which instantly stops rotation on sudden jamming of auger but with auto reverse makes this product the fastest and quickest drill machine for large wood holes up to 32mm (1¼”).

  • Highly Commended NSW State Safety Award 1995
  • BHP Steel New Implement Award 1994
  • New Implement Award – Orange Field Day 1994
  • Power Equipment Magazine Product of the Year 1994

1995: Atom Gasoline Lawn Edger

The Atom Edgers soon became No.1 sellers in Australian and New Zealand.

  • Gold Medal at International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva
  • Power Equipment Magazine Product of the Year

1998: Atom Gasoline Professional Lawn Edgers

These powerful Atom edgers are used for large jobs and continuous operation. Used all over Australia and overseas markets such as; New Zealand, USA, United Kingdom and Europe. Available in 2-stroke and 4-stroke engine power.Anti-vibration(7 points) handle system reduces long use fatique.

  • OEM M.I.A. Award in USA
  • Power Equipment Magazine Product of the Year

1998: Atom Electric Lawn Edger and exclusive “Motor Pod” drive

Similar to the gasoline model but with a powerful electric motor. The latest model has similar power to the gasoline models.

  • Silver/Gold Medal at International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva
  • Power Equipment Magazine Product of the Year
  • Gold Medal at International Exhibition in Geneva for its unique Pod Electric motor design

2005: Atom Tiller Cultivator

A unique Tiller design similar to the Atom one wheel Lawn Edger. Ideal for home gardens, mulching and certain commercial applications.

  • Gold Medal at International Exhibition in Geneva
  • Power Equipment Magazine Product of the Year

2014: Atom Gasoline Powered Anti-Vibration Hand Blowers in 2-Stroke and 4-Stroke

Atom’s new gasoline-powered “AIRLIFT” hand blowers, fitted with Atom’s “SMARTFAN” design, produce a massive air blast than other blowers, doing the job much faster and with less fuel consumption.

  • Winner Gold Medal at 41st International Exhibition of inventions in Geneva

2014: Atom Gasoline Powered DRILLMASTER Drilling Machines

Atom’s new gasoline-powered (with 2-Stroke and 4-Stroke engines) drills with outstanding features such as automatic reverse, allowing faster hole drilling speeds and “auto safe” control of the drill should it suddenly twist due to auger hitting a knot or split timber. Atom designed wood auger bits from 10mm (3/8”) to 32mm (1¼”) length available.

  • Gold Medal at 41st International Exhibition of inventions in Geneva

The Notaras Family is Involved in the Community

Angelo Notaras received the Order of Australia and the Cross of St Andrew Award for community work and charity fundraising and with John for Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation with the Greek Orthodox Church.

With brothers John and Mitchell (Medical Pioneer), and Cousin Spiro (OAM), they restored the Saraton Theatre in Grafton to its former glory. It is a 1000 seat cinema built in 1926 by their fathers Tony and Jack Notaras. This restoration along with the addition of two new state-of-the-art cinemas is the entertainment centre of the NSW north coast.

It is a great venue for to live theatre, school concerts and activities, musical groups, cinema and public gatherings. It is privately funded by the Notaras family as their contribution to giving something back to the local community. In 2011 they were awarded the NSW Heritage award for the best restoration, competing against State funded restorations in the over $20 million category.

As a contribution to the environment, the theatre and cinemas run on solar produced electricity from the Saraton’s array of rooftop solar voltaic panels.

Angelo also received the Kytherian Gold Medal of Honour for services to the island of Kythera – where his parents migrated from. Their late brother Mitchell (a distinguished surgeon) donated a substantial sum to the University of Sydney to encourage post graduate research by gifted students. This has already resulted in a number of achievements for successful graduates.

Exterior of Saraton Theatre, Grafton NSW

Exterior of Saraton Theatre, Grafton NSW

Research & Development

Atom’s policy is to produce world class innovative, affordable, and quality products, that will serve their owners many years of productive and enjoyable use; and to continually develop Atom products. Atom invests heavily in Research and Development and maintaining its fulltime in-house R & D department.

Atom’s technical team utilises the most up to date computer design programs. All Atom products are rigorously and punishingly tested, both in the factory and in field conditions before they are put onto the market, thus ensuring long life and withstanding tough conditions.

The tough reinforced polymer components used in Atom products are so strong, they have been stress tested to withstand up to 680kg (1500lbs) of weight. This ensures that Atom products will still be working in years to come when other brands have already worn out.

cadCAD-CAM design of parts and tooling

A 2.1 tonne Nissan (680kg load) does not break tough professional edger casing

Environmental Goals

We care about the environment and our carbon footprint and continue to develop and produce fuel efficient and low emission engines.

Our factory in Lilyfield runs on solar produced electricity from Atom’s array of rooftop solar voltaic panels.