If you consider that £70 million worth of plant and agricultural equipment is stolen every year with 95% never being recovered it’s clear that agricultural machinery tracking is vitally important to protect your assets.
We have teamed with TRACKER and now offer specially designed tracking products for agricultural machinery and will fit tracking devices to customers machines prior to delivery when required. This simple and cost effective step can reduce your insurance premiums by up to 25% and significantly increases the chance of your getting your plant back if you are unlucky enough to be the victim of theft.
Farm equipment tracking allows you to receive alerts when vehicles or machinery is removed from your premises. This means you can alert the authorities more quickly giving them a head start in recovering your equipment. This gets you back to work faster and minimises disruption and loss of earnings, especially at crucial periods like harvest.
As a leading distributor of Kubota tractors and commercial mowers we see this as a great additional service we are offering our customers. Our partnership with Tracker will be officially unveiled at Burghley Horse Trials, the first weekend of September. Additional information is available on our website in the Kubota section.
As this is being written there are only 19 days until Burghley. Wow its come around quickly; is summer really over? As before we are going to be there with a wide range of relevant vehicles. Centre stage will be our range of Kubota RTVs. Recently expanded there are now four models to choose from with a variety of engine sizes, people carrying and load carrying capabilities. See us on stand B58 for more information and to kick their tyres so to speak.
Other machines on our lot will be a wide range of high quality ride-on mowers from Kubota, Stiga and Mountfield along with some Mountfield walk behinds. Also in attendance will be a few Kubota compact tractors and our RCM hard surface sweepers.
So treat yourself to a great day out – or even make a weekend of it and come visit us on stand B58, yes that’s stand B58. We will have refreshments and some very comfortable chairs for you to take a welcome break. See you there.
Recently we were doing some publicity shots for the Kubota RTV range we sell and this was one of the shots we got.
No It Didn’t
Despite what it looks like the RTV just carried on regardless of the deeper than anticipated rut. At the time it didn’t seem that dramatic but as the picture shows the water nearly covered the rear wheel and the RTV was pitched at a remarkable lean angle. Nicky, the driver seems quite calm too so all in a day’s work then! What a brilliant illustration of the capability of these machines.
The range of Kubota RTVs has been expanded so we are selling even more of these tough, versatile machines. If you want to know more then visit our website. We are presently adding some videos shot during the day so look out for more hills, ruts and muddy action, coming soon to a computer screen near you.
Gone are the days when a lorry mounted sweeper trundling along our roads fulfilled a council’s street cleaning obligations. With the advent of retail parks, large pedestrian areas and fast food retailing, cleaning activity had to become more effective and pedestrian friendly.
New Breed of Street Cleaners
The first and most noticeable change was the size of the machines. Truck mounted sweepers were fine on the open road but way too big and ungainly for a shopping centre. This brought about the compact street sweeper, a purpose built road sweeper that was smaller, lighter and much more pedestrian friendly. Typically these machines are the size of a small town car and have large front mounted glass cabs giving the operator excellent vision when working in crowded pedestrian areas. Compact they might be but quiet and efficient diesel motors make them perform at a level way above anything previously available.
Pedestrian Area and Pavement Cleaning
With more pedestrian areas to keep clean councils turned to these compact road sweepers as a solution. Being sweepers they are great for collecting dust, waste paper, litter and fast food containers. However, the fast food industry presented an additional problem; pavement staining. Drop your cup of coffee on a York stone pavement and you leave a stain. Spill your chips on the pavement, they get walked on, the grease and the ketchup get absorbed; more staining. Imagine this 24/7 in all our major cities and you see the issue.
Scrubbers to the Rescue
Technology that has been in use in industrial scrubber driers came to the rescue. We took the wet wash and scrubbing head from a large industrial scrubber drier and combined it with a compact road sweeper chassis. Add an over-size squeegee and voila you have a brilliant pavement and road cleaner. Obviously other essential changes were made, not least of all the addition of twin water tanks but the end result works, and works brilliantly. Take a look at the before and after pictures of a York stone pavement cleaned with plain water.
In addition to producing a stunning end result it was pointed out to us that as our Powerflex street scrubber drier collects the waste water it solves another problem: Washing streets with high pressure hoses is done with limited success – the real downside of this approach is that all the dirt and grease is washed into the drains – not popular with the water boards. The Street scrubber drier collects its own waste water, and the grease and filth – result.