Customer Reviews & Testimonials
Members of Simon Bierton's family have been farming the land that is Perio Barn Farm, at Fotheringhay, near Oundle, Northants, for many years. Today, much of the 450 acres of generally heavy soils, on gently sloping terrain, is devoted to growing crops of winter and spring wheat, with the remainder used for grass leys or are down to permanent pasture.
The Broad family runs a mainly grassland enterprise over the 325 acres of slightly undulating medium loam, split between two farms around Penshurst, in Kent.
As the other halves of Killen Bros Contracting, these girls are no strangers to hard work or the odd challenge! The girls are all working day jobs, raising families and keeping houses whilst making sure that all the team at Killen Bros Contracting are kept fed and organised.
“The machines work with trailers in fruit transport, move coir and poly tunnels, mow field margins and grade tracks. On the arable side, we use them for spraying, rolling and fertilizer spreading,” he comments. “What really stands out is their power-to-weight ratio which is excellent – they are very nippy machines. Their light footprint is essential because of all the winter work we do.”
“What impressed me about the MF 3708 S (Efficient version) were the high levels of specification which came as standard and the amount of add-ons that could be selected to create the right machine for our operations – and all at good value for money,” he says.
“We needed a good all-rounder to tackle our loader work and field operations,” he continues. “The steep nose was essential to provide the visibility we need when working with the loader. We use it for feeding and bedding cattle and sheep, clearing and loading bales, dealing with the chicken dung and moving pallets. A pallet of eggs is worth over £1000 so you need to see what you are doing!”
The new tractor was delivered in mid-January and immediately impressed the family. “The standard of finish is excellent and visibility from the new cab is superb,” confirmed Richard. “It’s got a great specification too, and is quite a step up from what we had before.”
“We have been so impressed by the new baler-wrapper and the service from the dealer, that we feel confident now to look at other Massey Ferguson grass harvesting products when our current machines are due for updating.”
“I looked at the new Massey Ferguson balers and liked the design which obviously retains all the best points from the Welger models but includes practical improvements too.”
“When I next update my baler, it will definitely be for another Massey Ferguson,” suggests Cornwall-based farmer and contractor Brian Davies. “I know there are other good balers on the market, but I don’t think there is anything to touch the Welger design."
“Compared to other manufacturers we have always found Massey Ferguson straightforward. Products come with what you expect and there are no hidden extras, and parts and repairs are reasonably priced."
“A lot of the smaller tractors available can be a bit basic but the MF 3707 AL has a nice level of equipment. I take great pride in the finish of the pitches and looking after my machinery. The MF 3707 is a great grassland tractor and a really good-looking machine too.”
“Having relied for many years on individual tractors for specific tasks, we now have a versatile tractor which has already proved itself ideal for ploughing, subsoiling, heavy cultivations and drilling, and which was also used for corn carting during harvest when a smaller tractor wasn't available."
“Not many manufacturers offer simple, practical tractors with such a modern, user-friendly design but for a business like Heath Farm Suffolk, the Global-Series is exactly what’s needed.”
“We like the Masseys as a brand because they give us great value for money, and we find them very good on fuel,” Richard reports. “Also, the warranty package is brilliant. We all find them comfortable to drive and they have all the features we need to achieve maximum efficiency.”
“It's very compact, responsive and versatile,” Edward reports. “It's the principal loader and field tractor, so the loader's coming off and going back on all the time. The MF 6718S is also very fuel efficient."
“It’s proved extremely reliable in the four years we have used it and any improvements we might have suggested have been addressed on the latest version. While other manufacturers seem to have lost interest in conventional baler development Massey Ferguson continues to improve them. That’s why we didn’t hesitate in ordering two brand new 1840 balers for our growing business.”
“It's done 1500 hours already,” Tom reports, “and it's absolutely the best thing I've bought in years,” adding that it's now come to be referred to as 'the Mighty Massey.'
“Since day one we've been really pleased with it; the visibility is great and there's more than enough power for our day-to-day needs. We can be topping or mowing, suddenly need the loader and it only takes a couple of minutes to hook up.”
“The tractor is easy to use and operator-friendly especially with its electronic controls. The spool valve finger switches are handy and the shuttle lever is very smooth for moving between forward and reverse,” David adds. “The fact that the driver can disengage the drive and change gear without having to use the clutch makes things a lot easier. It means less effort and is less tiring. The cab is good and you can happily sit in it all day. It’s got great visibility too and we like the air-con and radio.”
“We decided we liked the Massey best,” Iain recalls, “based on price, quality, ease of use, fitness for purpose and simplicity. We ended up going for the TH 7038 and, as it was such a good deal, we went up a model over the one we had originally considered."
Ed describes the MF 3709, with its electric spools and joystick control, as “an extremely comfortable and ergonomically pleasing tractor.”
“Our MF 4160 V round baler bales everything from the wet silage here in Scotland to the best of hay in a good summer,” says William Stratton, agricultural contractor from the Newmachar area of Aberdeenshire.
“With the 662, whatever the working width chosen, the height is automatically reduced for transport purposes to aid stability and avoid low branches. The geometry of the steering linkage certainly aids manoeuvrability and it travels well at speed.”
“The joystick is very easy to use and has everything within comfortable reach. The screen is excellent, well laid-out and very simple to change settings at the touch of a button. Having the camera on the back is a real boost, too, as it means you're not having to rely wing mirrors – which are often covered in dust anyway!”
“We particularly like the double knotting system, which has been beefed up create higher density bales, the chain drive principle and their consistency of operation. The whole system has been well tried and tested,” Alex states.
“We get more done in fewer hours than we have in the past,” he states. “On the grass, for example, we can get through 30 acres in an hour, while with the plough we've found we can get through 5 acres an hour. This is quite important, as it has a significant effect on the tractor's residual value when the time comes.”
“There's nothing about them that's not to like. They're not heavy tractors, even though they might look like they are, and they're a dream to drive and terrific for road work. The settings on the transmission are nothing short of brilliant,” states Steve.