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Tractor performance hints feature at dealer open day

Case IH main dealer Collings Bros enjoyed a successful open day in mid-April at its Abbotsley, Cambs main depot. David Williams was there. Customers from Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire are looked after from Abbotsley as well as the dealer’s Brigstock, Northants branch. Along with Case IH, main franchises include Merlo, Richard Western, StocksAg, Kuhn, Lely, Cousins, Bomford, Husqvarna and Martin Lishman as well as Cherry Products and Kramp. Great Plains is also a current franchise and representatives were on hand at the event to explain product features and benefits as

well as arrangements for the future following news that the company is shutting its UK manufacturing and distribution facility. Collings Bros sales director Tony Fincham said the open day was a success; “We had a large number of customers attend during the day, and a good enquiry rate for the sales team to catch up with, also a number of demos to do at harvest and post-harvest, and the atmosphere during the day was extremely positive!” ■

New front weight boxes from Cherry Products were shown for the first time, and will feature at shows this year. The Smartbox is made exclusively for Cherry Products by Camfab in the UK and options include two different sizes; 350 and 400kg, both complete with road lights, and easily fitted or removed internal weights up to 1,000kg. Weather-proof storage is also provided - handy for tools or parts. A fuel tank and pump is a further option, fitting inside the box when the weight is removed, for convenient transport of fuel to the field. Further options include cameras, making it safer to join a road from a field gateway. Prices start at £2,325 for the smaller Smartbox and £2,475 for the 400kg version. Pictured is Cherry Products sales manager, Ian Fenton.

Bomford is a long-established franchise for Collings Bros. Area sales manager for the east Graham Cooper, pictured at the open day, explained that the Hawk 6m variable forward reach model is increasingly popular as many larger tractors have thick rear quarter cab pillars making it difficult to see fixed arm mowers operating. “Being able to move the mower further forward is a big advantage, increasing productivity and ease of use,” he said. “We also have a new 6.5m telescopic model joining the range shortly. This is great for larger tractors operating in narrow lanes as the mower can be pulled in behind the rear wheels or moved forward for the best view where there is space,” he said.

The Case IH Red Power Tour visited Collings Bros open day. In the Case IH show unit there were presentations on the tractor and combine ranges as well as advice on correct tyre inflation and ballasting. “Controlled Traffic Farming (CTF) is a big step but there are simpler actions many farms could take every day to protect soils from compaction damage and improve efficiency,” explained Case IH harvester and large tractor specialist Paul Freeman. “Hitching up a tractor for haulage work and leaving tyre pressures set for field work and ballast on the front linkage is common but, with a little time spent thinking about how ballast and weight distribution will affect performance and operating costs, the whole operation can be improved. Not everyone has access to a weighing system, but where there is one then using it to see the affect of ballast added to different positions on the tractor will certainly help, and takes just a short time, as we are demonstrating at this event.”

Pictured (l-r) are Kuhn crop establishment and protection sales specialist Will Waterer and regional sales manager Paul Gregory, Tony Fincham and farmers Bob Hewitt and his son James. The Hewitts farm approximately 140ha (350 acres) of which 120ha (300 acres) is arable cropping and 20ha (50 acres) is grass and they also rent 100ha (250 acres) of grass and carry out contracting work, primarily for grass harvesting. “We make and sell hay,” explained Bob, “and bale straw too, mainly large bales but also some smaller conventional with many for equestrian use.” The farm uses Kuhn machinery for its grassland work as well as a sprayer, a spreader and a drill. “It’s well made and reliable. We bought a 3.5m power harrow 30 years ago and used it without fault for 13 years and have never looked back,” said Bob. “We have an excellent local dealer in Collings Bros too, and are More over page... well looked after.”

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