To cater for professional users of tractors for landscaping and grounds maintenance operations, Alistair Matthews of Yorkshire Compact Tractors has started supplying the McCormick X10 Series, a range from 22hp to 54hp that can be used to power a wide range of groundscare machinery - from rotary and cylinder gang mowers to turf aerators and sand spreaders.
"I started the business supplying low-cost compact tractors, mostly to private users and smallholders who don't put a lot of hours on them," he says. "But there's also a market among golf courses and groundscare and landscaping contractors for well-built machines produced by major manufacturers, so I jumped at the chance to supply the McCormick X10 range.
"There's no reason why compact tractors shouldn't be as well built as a full-size farm machine," he adds. "They need to be just as reliable and durable to perform and provide a long service life."
Mr Matthews is from a farming family and took a keen interest in tractors at an early age. But he is a mechanic by trade and started servicing and repairing machines locally before starting his business to supply new tractors together with a range of implements from rotary slashers to handy trailers.
"I visited the McCormick distributor's premises at Harworth near Doncaster and could see that the X10 tractors are up there with the best," he says. "I'm ambitious to grow my business and move to bigger, better premises, so taking on a professional range was a no-brainer to expand my potential customer base."
A new website presents information on the McCormick compacts, which offer a choice of mechanical and hydrostatic drive, open platforms and cabs, and a range of power outputs to suit different implements and applications.
"If you're using a compact tractor professionally, it needs to be durable and robust, and it needs to be supported by a professional parts and service operation," says Mr Matthews. "That's what buyers get when they put a McCormick X10 into their business."
In addition to these general purpose power units, Yorkshire Compact Tractors is also an agent for the Valpadana range of 'alpine' tractors distributed by AgriArgo. These heavy-duty machines are designed for maximum stability and traction to work in challenging locations or provide a highly versatile power unit.
"The Valpadana models take a lot of beating for safety and performance in difficult grounds maintenance situations, or where reversible driving controls are handy to create a versatile machine for a range of different jobs," says Mr Matthews. "They may be relatively small in size but with power outputs up to 100hp they can tackle all sorts of demanding jobs."
For further information please contact:
Paul Wade / Product & Exhibitions Manager
McCormick - AgriArgo UK Ltd
Tel: 01302 757566