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    Default UK availability of implements

    I am hoping to purchase a compact tractor soon. I have contacted the local dealer and he may be getting in a B2150 with FEL with less than 1000 hours. When I mentioned a toothbar for the FEL he didn't really know what I was talking about.

    I have looked on several UK web sites and there is no mention of the implements you take for granted over the other side of the pond, such as box blades, landscape rakes and toothbars. Do you know if there are any suppliers who would ship to the UK or if there are any UK suppliers of them.

    Thanks

    Andrew.


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    Default Re: UK availability of implements

    Andrew, Smallholding Magazine has lots of ads for tractor dealers and equipment suppliers. I think they have a website and you might want to email them to see if they have any thoughts.

    Also, a good friend of mine, Graham Cherry, has a farm implement (buckets, etc.) fabrication shop in Oxfordshire. The business is called Cherry Products. Try directory inquiries. He may know someone in the business up your way. BTW, whereabouts in the Highlands are you?

    Joe


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    Default Re: UK availability of implements

    Hi Joe

    Thanks for your post. That's a good idea looking in Smallholder magazine, we used to get it some time ago and I hadn't thoought about looking for dealers in there. I will also try Graham as that may be the best way to get what I want.

    We are located about 15 miles from Inverness out in the sticks. This last winter I was digging snow for one and a half days as a quarter of the drive was over three foot deep, you can see why a tractor would be so useful. Are you located in the UK?

    Regards

    Andrew.


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    Default Re: UK availability of implements

    I lived there for 10 years. My wife got very interested in goats and we had a very small smallholding by our house. We lived in Westcote Barton, Oxfordshire. Moved back to the States in 1996 to Massachusetts.

    I have very good friends in Argyllshire, and I worked as a consultant to the HIDB (no doubt called something else now) in small business development for two years from 1984-86. So I got to spend a lot of time in Inverness (we had two offices, one there the other in Glasgow).

    I don't think Scotland gets as much snow as we do but it sure does make big drifts! I can imagine trying to plow out your driveway.

    Good luck, let me know if I can help any other way.

    Joe


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    Default Re: UK availability of implements

    Hi Joe

    You're right about the drifts. When the wind blows here it really blows. I have been thinking about getting Muhammad's book as I have no real idea how to operate a tractor and FEL. Although I'm sure when I buy one I will get a few pointers. If you are familiar with the book could you tell me if it would be relevant to me, bearing in mind that I am in the uk.

    Regards

    Andrew.


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    Default Re: UK availability of implements

    Andrew, I remember that one of the sure signs of the season was the standard picture in the newspapers of a stranded superplow/snowblower in the Cairngorms. I figure if one of those can get stuck on a major road, you are talking about big drifts!

    Haven't read Muhammad's book, so don't know if it covers that sort of instructional stuff, but it's priced reasonably. I have seen mention TBN of other books specifically about how to operate certain implements, and maybe there's a bibliography in Muhammad's. There's a section on this board just about his book, BTW.

    Joe


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    Default Re: UK availability of implements

    Joe

    We live down a single track road and have to wait for the snowplough to get through from the main road. A couple of years ago it went into a ditch and had to be dragged out by a JCB, this meant the road was blocked for most of the day, still it was better than going to work. A neighbour of ours remembers the winter of 1978 when the road was blocked for 6 weeks, the drifts were over 12 feet. They are pretty good at keeping the roads clear but sometimes the elements win.

    I bought Muhammad's book the other day and printed it out - I work with computers so I like to get away from them whenever possible - I haven't read it all yet but I don't think it is very instructional. The main reason I bought it was so that I could be more informed before I go to buy.

    Regards

    Andrew.


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    Default UK Implements - Graham Cherry

    Hi Joe

    I spoke to your friend Graham and he does indeed do what I require although he refers to them as digging teeth. I thought you might like to look at his web site http://www.cherryproducts.co.uk/

    Thanks once again for the suggestion, every dealer I have mentioned teeth to haven't had a clue what I was talking about.

    Regards

    Andrew.


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    Default Re: UK Implements - Graham Cherry

    Thanks for the lead. I hadn't even thought to check for a web site, but it's pretty good.

    Have you bought a tractor yet? Narrowing your search down?

    Joe


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    Default Re: UK Implements - Graham Cherry

    The local kubota dealer will hopefully be getting back to me about the B2150. From reading the forum I can see that it is still a viable purchase. I could probably manage quite well with a BX2200 but I haven't seen any used ones for sale. I have also wondered about the B1750 but it has 3HP less, doesn't sound much but as the only ones I have seen have been the same price as a B2150 not a good choice really.

    You can see that I am leaning towards the B2150, this is probably because I have already had a brief go on one and I feel that it would suit my needs.

    I have been offered JD's but from what I can make out the Kubotas seem to come out as a better choice and also there isn't a dealer nearby. Kubota dealers - several of them - on the other hand are very handy.

    I will certainly be posting when I find one.

    Andrew.


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