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Sussex dealer open evening promotes new franchise SIP products were announced to potential users at a mid-December open evening at Ernest Doe Power’s Albourne, Sussex depot.

allowing each unit to float fully independently. “These will become big sellers in the UK,” suggests Martin, “as opportunities to make the most of suitable weather windows are limited, so high work rates are essential.”

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A new range of green harvest machinery has been announced by Ernest Doe & Sons at a midDecember open evening attended by many potential customers. David Williams was there. SIP grass harvest products have been manufactured in Slovenia since 1954 and the brand is recognised across most of Europe for its quality range, although in the UK it is less well known. Until four years ago SIP products were marketed in the UK through an independent importer with just a limited range available, including general-purpose mowers sold through Twose. Now there is a strategy to develop the brand in the UK, with full range availability, through a specialist dealer network and guaranteeing top level service back up for users. “We have a superb range of quality products with support direct from the factory,” explained SIP UK sales director Martin Holden. “We want to develop the brand slowly over the next two to three years through carefully selected dealers and build the reputation here, then expand to ensure all areas of the UK are covered. Effective dealer product training is a priority to ensure customers receive the service they depend on during a busy season.” The range includes mowers, rakes and tedders with specifications to suit multiple user types and 80 per cent of the factory’s production is exported, including to New Zealand where the

brand has developed strong user loyalty. The lightweight Alp range, as the name suggests, is designed for use on steep hillsides and includes smaller working widths 3.5–6.0m suitable for use with typical hill-farm tractors. Wide working widths up to 15m for mowers, as well as tedders and rakes means there is working capacity to suit professional contractors too.

Mowers The company offers a full range of mowers and mower-conditioners and recent innovations include hydraulic suspended front, 3-point mounted and trailed disc mowers. SIP manufactures its own cutterbars for the disc mower range, which has allowed development of a unique drive protection system using brass drive pins which shear and are easily replaced after an impact, without needing to remove components from the gear oil bath which risks contamination. Quick knife release reduces downtime and over-centre folding of rear offset units is standard. A new 5-unit 15m mower, also available as a mower-conditioner, was unveiled at Agritechnica last year

The evening was well attended and included presentations on Case IH machines as well as the new SIP products.

and is available for the 2018 season. S-Flow front mowers offer superb flotation capability helping reduce grass contamination and scalping on undulating land.

Tedders Tedders from 4.55–15.0m are available and even the three largest variants with 10, 12 and 14 rotors fold to under 3m width for transport but remain under 2m high. Each rotor has its own gearbox providing one pivot point and

Rakes are mainly single-rotor, reflecting demand for this size but the line-up includes twin-rotor centre and side-delivery versions up to 10m, while a large 15m 4-rotor model was unveiled at Agritechnica. A unique ‘walking’ axle is available allowing the rakes to accurately follow uneven ground.

Ideal match New Holland and Case IH main dealer Ernest Doe & Sons has branches across East and South-East England, with Ernest Doe Power depots representing Case IH while Ernest Doe outlets supply New Holland. Grass harvest machinery is supplied across the area and, following continued over...

Pictured with Ernest Doe Power Albourne branch manager Phil Bush (left) are farmer and contractor Michael Lee and dealer sales representative Josh Bush. “I think the SIP machines look well built,” commented Michael. “Most of the rakes displayed were smaller sizes, but look very strong, so I’m keen to see larger versions too. I currently use a fixed 8m rake but something with hydraulic width adjustment is needed. I am keen to try it during the season as I have full confidence in the backup and support available from this dealer.” Michael trades as M Lee Agricultural Services and is based at Poynings near Brighton. “Most of my work is contracting; working anywhere in Sussex and carrying out hedgecutting with a Shelbourne Reynolds hedgecutter in the winter and baling 8,000–10,000 bales of hay, straw and silage through spring and summer. Ernest Doe Power has also supplied the family farm CA Lea & Sons with tractors, grass harvesting machinery and an Axial-Flow combine. The family is approximately 600ha of mixed arable and livestock including grassland for 800 ewes. “I have come to the open evening to see the new range, but also to support the dealer team as I know the team is always keen to support me,” he added.

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