Access the contents of a massive machinery shed Hiring farm machinery grows evermore popular as an option for driving down costs and offering flexibility in challenging conditions. That’s the experience of Ellis Machinery, which has seen a recent increase in farmers looking to try machinery before making a purchase or to secure machinery to suit conditions in short working windows. Hiring makes good sense, it says. With no capital outlay customers can have immediate access to the
company’s huge range of equipment. They save on labour, don’t have to deal with depreciation and don’t have the practical problem of storage. For those needing a machine for a particular job, or merely wanting to increase their fleet during peak times, hire can be the most cost-effective solution. Using Empire, its machineryhire division, is like having more than 300 machines at their disposal, says Ellis Machinery. Empire makes it easy, with flexible
hire periods and simple no-frills contracts. Testament to that is the feedback from satisfied customer Toby Nunneley of Shenington in Oxfordshire, who hired a Cousins XT4000 for deep stubble cultivation in the autumn. He says: “The machine was as good as brand new and made a fantastic job of deep subsoiling and trash and manure incorporation, and created a lovely seedbed that we drilled straight into.
A plough on hire from Ellis Machinery.
“As always it was a pleasure to deal with the hire team and I’ll doubtless be hiring machinery from Ellis Machinery again this season.” ■
Service back-up and machine quality key to success
the force behind the harvest
Celebrating 30 years trading in 2017, Newmarket Plant Hire Ltd has built its reputation for top-level service while it has grown from a single-site business, trading locally, to a multi-depot machinery hire specialist with a team of knowledgeable, experienced staff. Key to success in the competitive plant and tool hire trade, says NPH, is ensuring customers get the equipment they want, when it’s needed and with back-up from a company which cares about service. This strategy has proved successful – the business has six branches employing 64 staff, supplying a vast
range of equipment to users across most of East Anglia. The main depot is at Newmarket, but additional branches at Ipswich, Basildon, Harlow, Cambridge and King’s Lynn serve users within approximately 40 miles radius of each location. Every depot has trained mobile technicians available and if an issue can’t be rectified immediately, NPH says that it will always swap a machine if required as the fleet is shared between branches. Everything from half-inch drills to a 17m telescopic handler is available from NPH and all the machinery
hired out is from premium brands. The most popular machines hired by farmers and agricultural contractors are telescopic handlers – mainly JCB and Manitou – and offering lift heights from 4–17m with 6–7m models in greatest demand. Hire periods vary from days to months with long-term hire a good option for larger machines such as telescopic handlers or loaders for seasonal work. Charges are competitive in the industry, notes NPH, which adds that the service provided by its team, and the quality of machinery offered, keeps customers
Telehandlers and other machinery have proved popular with East Anglian agricultural users.
coming back. Quick delivery is assured by a fleet of modern lorries including a brand new 42t articulated unit and trailer, and the company also offers a plant transport service for customers using its specialist trailers. ■
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