Open days at Thurlow Nunn Standen’s (TNS) Attleborough, Norfolk and Melton, Suffolk depots in late November and early December featured many new products from the dealer’s main franchises. David Williams attended the Melton event.
One of the longest-established Massey Ferguson dealers, TNS also represents Fendt and Valtra as well as key franchises including Merlo, Kubota, Kverneland and Vicon, HM Trailers, Opico He-Va and Sky Drills, Bomford, Claydon, Sumo and Grimme. Five branches provide sales and service support across Suffolk, Norfolk and part of Cambridgeshire.
The open days were an opportunity for new and existing customers to view the wide range of products and to speak with dealer and manufacturer staff regarding features and benefits of the machinery displayed.
TNS regional sales manager Matt Boardley said: “The TNS Melton open day was a great opportunity for us to thank our customers for their continued support throughout the year, and for them to meet our team. There has been significant investment in the depot recently, including a large workshop extension and new parts storage building, and those attending were able to view the improved facilities. The day was well-attended by manufacturers and customers and provided a great showcase for the brands and products we supply. The new Fendt 942 generated a lot of interest, as well as the new Massey Ferguson Ideal 9T Combine.
“For TNS, 2020 will be an exciting year, with some new franchises coming on board and, of course, we will continue to invest to support our customers to the high standards they have become used to.”
Post driver generated enquiries
On the Portek stand, the company’s inertia log splitter attracted attention and a new product – the Portek Post Driver (pictured) – was also generating enquiries. Powered by a 4-stroke petrol engine and capable of driving posts up to 4.5in diameter into the ground, the post driver costs approximately £650, explained Portek area sales manager for Eastern England, Morgan David.
Organic vegetable producers
James Foskett Farms machinery operator Alistair Smith is pictured with Valtra UK sales promotion and key dealer account manager, Andy Miller. The farming business based near Woodbridge, Suffolk specialises in organic vegetable production and invested in its first Valtra in early 2019. “I use a Valtra N174 Direct with up to 200hp available for demanding applications, but with its compact 4-cyl engine it’s incredibly manoeuvrable,” said Alistair. “We do a lot of bed work and being able to turn tight on small headlands is an advantage. The hydraulic oil supply is superb, making it ideal for hydraulic-driven implements, and its CVT transmission allows optimum travel speeds during planting and harvesting. The cab and front axle suspension provide a good ride, even on the narrow wheels, and the cab is spacious and quiet.”
Alistair’s N174, which had worked 1,900 hours in the 10 months since delivery, was bought with a second Valtra – a T214 model – and both performed so well and proved so popular that another two Valtras were recently added to the fleet – both T214 models, replacing another brand.
Various farm operations covered
Members of the team from farmers and contractors Philip Liverton Ltd were at the open evening. Business development manager and machinery operator Abbi Liverton explained that the company specialises in hedge and verge maintenance, grass cutting, tractor hire, combine harvesting and all general farm operations. The family farm is at Ardleigh, near Colchester and also operates from Framlingham, Suffolk. Six Fendt tractors used include 516, 716 and 936 Vario models, and there are also several Kubota tractors used mainly for groundcare, which were supplied by TNS. A Kverneland 7f LO on-land/in-furrow plough was purchased from the dealer following a demonstration three years ago. A Kverneland fertiliser applicator is used, and cultivations are carried out by a Sumo Trio, also supplied by the dealer.
Pictured (l-r): Machinery operator Rob Greenacre; Abbi Liverton; Philip Liverton; and Kverneland area sales manager Don Campbell.
Excellent service received
Farmer and contractor Mark Ellis says the excellent service he receives from Thurlow Nunn Standen is one of the main reasons his business remains loyal to the Massey Ferguson brand. Trading as DAF Ellis & Partners and based at Upper Layham, near Hadleigh, Suffolk, Mark runs the business with his son-in-law who is also a partner, and employs one additional machinery operator during harvest. Three Massey Fergusons are operated, including two 7726 models and a 7720, all of which were purchased recently replacing two similar 7726 tractors and a 7620.
“My father bought a grey Ferguson in 1958 and since then we have always had at least one Massey Ferguson,” he explained. “Our tractors average 800 hours per year, and are usually updated every three to four years. They hold their value well, are reliable and we enjoy using them.
“Nothing is too much trouble for the TNS team – when a hydraulic pipe failed recently, the tractor was working again within 90 minutes.”
Popular heavy-duty mower
Major area sales manager for southern England and Wales, James Cox is pictured with a Major Cyclone heavy-duty mower, which he explained is particularly popular with TNS customers. “They are available in 2.0–6.3m working widths and require far less power than a flail, offering savings of up to 25 per cent,” he said. “With contra-rotating blades they give a good finish and spread cut vegetation evenly.”