Expansion promises even better service Customers were invited to join an East Anglian farm cleaning equipment supplier at the opening of its new showroom and training centre. David Williams reports.
The Hugh Crane team celebrated the opening of its new showroom and training centre at its Whittlesey, Cambs depot in late September.
Hugh Crane Cleaning Equipment Ltd was set up in the early 1980s to satisfy demand for high quality cleaning equipment. Behind a range of quality products was excellent after-sales service and the company quickly gained respect from farmers and agricultural businesses in the area with its quick response if problems occurred, great parts backup and friendly sales and service teams. As the Acle, Norfolk-based business grew, customers came from further afield and, in 2000, a second site was purchased at Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire to serve customers in west Norfolk and Cambs.
Top franchises The company represents several leading manufacturers of cleaning products, but also has its own range, designed and manufactured to meet
local customer requirements and offering a cost-effective cleaning solution. Franchises include Nilfisk Alto, MAC International, Karcher, Kranzle, Numatic, IPC Gansow and G&S Services, and the company is also the area’s main stockist for most leading cleaning chemical brands and sundries. Hugh Crane’s own Commando range includes small 2in trolley mounted, petrol engine-powered cold water washers up to larger diesel engine-powered barrow and trailer-mounted versions, including fully-enclosed ‘silent’ machines, and models for hazardous areas. All are well-designed, made to withstand typical farm and industrial use and much of their development has been through agricultural user feedback. Also popular with agricultural users is Hugh Crane’s range of vacuum cleaners from brands
including Nilfisk. These include hand-held, pedestrian controlled and ride on machines and are available to hire or buy. Regular users include machinery dealers with large showrooms or storage areas to maintain, vegetable and potato growers with working areas to keep clear and arable farms with corn stores and workshops requiring regular cleaning. With winter just around the corner, snow blowers were creating interest at the open day. The dealer offers handy pedestrian-controlled models from Karcher, powered by petrol engines, and ideal for clearing snow from entrances to farm buildings and rural enterprises such as farm shops. The Billy Goat range of pedestrian-controlled vacuum cleaners is also stocked. Probably the best-selling brand of leaf and litter vacuum, all except the entry-level version are powered by easy-starting and economical Honda petrol engines, and top-end machines feature infinitely-variable hydrostatic
The new showroom provides space for customers to inspect models from all the brands represented by the cleaning equipment provider.
transmission drive allowing work speeds to ideally suit conditions. These are popular with farms, estates and rural businesses, particularly during the autumn when there are leaves to collect from lawns, drives and paved areas.
Much-needed space The new showroom’s official opening was on 30th September at the Whittlesey depot and the multimillion pound investment provides much-needed space to keep up continued over...
Hugh Crane’s own Commando pressure washer range was designed to meet the needs of agricultural users, and the line-up includes hot and cold washers, and sizes from trolley to trailer-mounted. Sales director Robert Crane explains features to visitors on the day.
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