Students start a tractor-finder service

Two enterprising students are in the process of developing a machinery-sourcing service they believe could save farmers time and money.

Robert Fitzjohn and William Dalrymple are both in their second year at the Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester and reckon that they can do the machinery-buying legwork for busy growers through a new service called

The idea is that farmers will specify what make, model and hp of tractor they want, how old it should be and how many hours it will have on the clock. Buyers can also specify what extras they want, the location and a target price.

Back at, Robert and William will then pore through the classified ads in magazines and websites to look for suitable machines as well as talking to dealers and owners. That will then allow them to provide a shortlist for the farmer.

They say they plan to include implements as well and already have an agricultural mechanic on board. They also plan to attend auctions and have also set up a website at


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