...More on previous page Stalham Engineering service engineer Kenny Paterson is pictured (left) with farmer Andrew Medler trading as MA & HV Medler Farms based at Cawston near Norwich. “We are a family farm and feel you just can’t beat dealing with a family firm like this dealer,” Andrew explained. “We had one of the very first Fastracs in 1992; a 145 model, and now run three including an 8330, 4220 and a 3230 as well as two Loadall telehandlers. We like to buy British if we can and after many years of business we know the team here well and regard all of them as brilliant. Kenny is second to none in his knowledge of JCB machines and we know that seven days a week we can pick up the phone and obtain a solution to our problems - it’s just how this business operates.”
Pictured with his 1946 vintage Case LA tractor is Alan Beck (right) who farms as CN Beck & Sons at Brunstead. With him are daughter-in-law Mandy with granddaughter Beatrix and son Geoff. As well as arable farming the family business also carries out local contracting, operating a JCB Fastrac, which carries out field work and haulage, and a Loadall 535-95. Other machinery supplied by Stalham Engineering are two Pottinger ploughs; a 4f and a 5f and a Pottinger Synkro 4020 cultivator along with a Spearhead hedgecutter. “We deal with Tony mainly,” explained Alan. “The workshop staff are all superb and back-up is excellent.”
Farmer Thomas Watts (left) was pictured at the open day discussing features and benefits of Pottinger ploughs with territory manager Shaun Kent. “I have dealt with Stalham Engineering for many years,” explained Thomas. “It’s a good family firm, a rare commodity today and customers quickly get to know the whole team. The business is built on good service and a good range of quality products and that is important to us.”
Many potato growers in the area are served by Stalham Engineering and the dealer is a longestablished Standen specialist. Feedback from current Standen users at the open day was extremely positive, explained Standen sales director Edward Gilbert. He is pictured with a Powavator bed tiller, sold to a local customer already operating a similar unit but who has taken on extra land. He commented that year-to-date sales are 25 per cent up on average and the open day had brought many new enquiries to follow up from new and existing customers.
Makita power tools were displayed in the showroom and outside under cover in the yard. The new 56cc ‘Farmers Chainsaw’ supplied complete with a rugged steel transport box attracted considerable interest as did the new backpack blower, with an integral 53cc, 4-stroke petrol engine and a split-shaft 36-volt Ixt multi-tool which complements petrol engine-powered models in the line-up. Pictured (l-r) are Hayter Toro representative Andy Wade, Makita UK representative Liam Keane and Nicholson’s garden machinery specialist Mick Harvey.
The Green, Stalham, Norwich NR12 9QG
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All the Maschio machinery on show was from the dealer’s own stock. The franchise was taken on last year and has proved an immediate success. Combination power-harrow drills have proved popular as have mowers including smaller working widths for compact tractors and larger offset machines for large-scale farms. Pictured in the Maschio display area are (l-r) Maschio sales manager Rob Immink, Tim Nicholson, Kevin Chubbock, Tony Nicholson, Sarah Nicholson, Maschio representative David Day and David Nicholson.
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