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Hire Special

First opportunity to view new models at Lincs open day Customers came from all over Chandlers’ trading area to view the latest Massey Ferguson products.

The company specialises in tools as well as small and medium-sized plant.

Farming customers key for hire company Suffolk-based Bright Acres Tool Hire has been providing its services to farms and estates across Suffolk for almost 27 years. Originally trading from a single industrial unit in Stowmarket, an additional depot was opened in Ipswich in 2006, while the main branch relocated to Needham Market in 2014, having outgrown the original premises. Bright Acres has been owned and operated by the Macdonald family since it started trading and director Duncan Macdonald explained that the business continues to provide the high standards of service which made it popular from the start. “We have always tried hard to be efficient and helpful and we are more than happy to offer knowledgeable advice to customers regarding which tools will best suit a particular task, based on our many years’ experience. “We know that whether the hirer is a domestic user or a business, when equipment is needed, then it has to fulfil the intended task and we make sure our fleet is modern, well maintained and safe.” The company specialises in tools as well as small and medium-sized plant. Popular with farmers are the company’s mobile compressors, used for cleaning out buildings as well as during harvest for blowing down combines and balers. “This is an area of demand we have seen grow rapidly,” said Duncan. “Now we have regular customers booking repeat hires every year to make sure of availability so early booking is essential.”

Use available labour Construction plant is also in demand by farm and estate users and, as well as for building and demolition work; compact 360-degree excavators are

hired frequently for ditch clearing as part of the fight against black-grass. Sizes from 1.0–2.5t are on the fleet, the smaller 1m versions ideal for confined work areas. Moving dirt and rubble is made easy with compact 1t 4wd dumpers, and at just 1m wide they can access most farmyard areas. Wheel-mounted floor saws and concrete breakers make it easy to tidy up broken concrete shed floors or yards and concrete mixers are always available. A compact concrete crusher, capable of processing 3–4t/hr is proving popular. It comes fully mobile with a built-in hydraulic power pack allowing it to be operated anywhere needed, for smaller jobs that won’t justify lorrybased equipment. Increased safety awareness means access towers are hired for building maintenance, and Bright Acres’ fleet all have built-in access ladders meeting latest safety requirements. Also in demand for building work and store cleaning are tripod-mounted mobile lights, complemented by a fleet of generators from 2.2–5.0kVA with petrol or diesel engines to provide power anywhere needed. Bright Acres also hires out gardening and estate maintenance equipment including long-reach hedgecutters; ideal for annual hedge maintenance and turf cutters allowing damaged and rutted grass to be easily replaced. “We have found that once a customer uses us he will often hire from us again,” said Duncan. “Our team is reliable and helpful and we are easy to deal with. We gain great satisfaction from seeing users return again and again as it means we are providing a good service.” ■

A late March open day by Chandlers at its Belton Massey Ferguson sales centre attracted customers from across the dealer’s trading area, keen to see the latest products on show. Star of the event was the new Massey Ferguson 8740 tractor, fresh from its first public viewing at Sima in France, and offering 405hp, making it the most powerful tractor from the brand so far. A new touch-screen is expected to prove popular with demanding users. Also new was the FL range of loaders. Manufactured by Alo for Massey Ferguson and available factory-fitted, the FL range is stronger but offers improved visibility and a useful new feature is an integrated weighing option; the FL Companion, which allows the user to accurately weigh handled materials. “It is very user-friendly,” explained Chandlers managing director Gavin Pell. “The operator can pre-programme the unladen weights of all the attachments which will be used with it, so that only the handled load is weighed each time. Previously there were after-market systems available but the Massey Ferguson system is cost-effective and accurate and available from the factory.” Chandlers has seven branches from which it serves customers in Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Bedfordshire, Northants and surrounding counties. “The new Belton Massey Ferguson sales centre allows customers to view a wide range of products at the one location and staff based there are all Massey

Ferguson specialists,” he explained. “For after sales service and parts, all our branches are available to users, which means there is a depot within easy reach across our sales areas.”

All models on show At the open day were most models from the Massey Ferguson range from the smallest Global-series 4700 tractors upward as well as balers, grass harvest equipment and the latest combine harvesters. “We enjoyed a very busy day,” commented Gavin and expect to be busy now following up the many sales enquiries.” ■

The latest combine harvesters attracted considerable interest.

On show were tractors from across the Massey Ferguson range.

Star of the day was the new flagship 8740, with up to 405hp available.

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