Will Bright of W. M.Bright Ltd shakes the hand of Mike Foyle (Sales Manager, Krone Forage Solutions) in front of his new forager purchased through KRONE Forage Solutions, along with an ex demo Swadro 1400 Plus rake.
Will has been a strong Claas customer for years but after seeing his brother-in-laws Dan & Don Tolley running a Krone forager and 4 rotor rake, he thought he’d look into it for himself. Will was impressed with the whole package Krone Forage Solutions offered from the moment he sat down and talked to Mike and Darren Metcalf (Territory Product Support Manager - South West)
The BiG X’s reputation for chop quality was already known to Will but he was unaware of the manufacturing process and Krone’s company values, having had the conversation with Mike and Darren, his eyes where opened about Krone’s honesty on where they have had issues in the past and improved the machines over the years in conjunction with their customers.
Will visited Krone Forage Solutions in Dauntsey to “get to know the machine”. He wanted to have the rollers off and drum and cracker out allowing him to see the build quality. As Will says “I tried to pick faults with the machine but couldn’t!!” Will also visited the Krone factory in Spelle this March where he was “hugely inspired” by the whole experience.
Will explains “It’s been a big decision going from Claas to Krone, I still run a Claas 890 forager as a second machine, which, if all goes to plan, I will change for a narrow bodied Krone in the future”. “Dealing with Krone Forage Solutions has been an easy process, Mike’s approach from the start has been straight and honest, backed up by the technical knowledge of Darren Metcalf and Simon Barnes has nothing but inspired me and filled me with confidence”.
Krone Forage Solutions specialise in providing quality pre-owned and used forage equipment to contractors and farmers across the UK. When you purchase a used Krone machine from us, you’re not just taking ownership of a quality piece of forage equipment, you’re also getting peace of mind that your machine has been thoroughly checked and serviced by a Krone qualified technician. Plus, a manufacturer support warranty* eliminates the doubt associated with buying a pre-owned or used piece of machinery.
If you are interested in any used equipment please contact Mike Foyle on 07825 294103 or visit www.kroneforagesolutions.com.
As an early adopter of self-propelled forage harvesters, SP & G Blything have recently taken delivery of their third Krone BiG X forage harvester.
Standing in his yard, supervising the delivery of his new BiG X 700 Forage Harvester, Steve Blything comments that it is a proud day for him; having made the purchase to ensure that the next generation (his son George) is in a strong position to continue offering their customers exceptional service.
The Blything family bought their Krone BiG X from Krone Forage Solutions, the retail division of Krone UK. Specifically developed 3 years ago to deal with customers who find themselves without a local Krone dealer or in areas where franchise conflicts cause problems for existing Krone dealers. Blything Contracting have had a working relationship for many years with Peter Mellor Ltd who provides specialist service support for Krone Forage Solutions. Steve comments “we have dealt with Sam and Dave at Pete Mellor’s for our service requirements, they are fantastic as they not only service the machines but they run them on their own contracting fleet – they know everything there is to know about Krone harvesters. The fact that I can have my service from Pete Mellor was a big influence in my decision to buy a Krone Harvester; they also have a wealth of knowledge on the older models which helps to keep my V12 in the best of condition.”
When asked how it all started, Steve reminisces, “we started with a trailed Mengele SH 30 N Forage Harvester which had a V8 engine bolted on the side to get the best output we could, as trends passed more towards Self Propelled machines we moved to a Claas Jaguar 690. In 2006 we tried a Krone Harvester and it was apparent that the Krone was built to get the volume of crop through it without compromising chop quality. We have been Krone customers ever since, and I do class myself as a Krone customer, we have triple mowers and rakes from Krone, and for a number of years we have operated two Forage Harvesters.” To this day Steve still runs a Krone BiG X V12, he comments “the V12 is my machine, the wide body and chopping cylinder on these machines suits the throughput we require without compromising chop quality” plus the V12 engine suites Steve’s thirst for power.
Richard Shelton, National Sales Manager for Krone UK explains “it’s great to see SP & G Blything growing their business, and although the hard work is down to Steve, George and their team, it’s nice to know that Krone machines have been a major contributor to their success. We strive to be good at what we do and our professional approach to selling and supporting our products makes us who we are today. I truly believe we are now an aspirational brand and our customers can add value to their forage, hay and straw operations by running Krone equipment. Having now completed several deals with Steve, it was especially nice to be involved in their latest BiG X 700 deal; Steve has made this purchase as an investment, knowing that George is the future of the business. This is going to be his machine, it is great to see young talent coming to Agriculture and having a passion to drive the business forward.”
S P & G Blything Krone Contracting fleet:
2 x Sets of EasyCut 9140 CV Butterfly Mower conditioners with EasyCut F 32 CV front mowers
Swadro 1400 Plus 4 rotor rake
BiG X V12 Forage Harvester plus associated Headers
BiG X 700 Forage Harvester plus associated Headers