Norfolk contractor Oliver Arnold reveals the contents of his machinery shed. James Andrews reports
|Farming||Just sold suckler herd to make room for dairy herd in future, 200ha arable|
|Contracting||Foraging: 2000ha grass, 1,800ha maize for biogas and 600ha for feed. Drilling: 500ha cereals, 2,400ha maize, 200ha sugarbeet. Other: Baling and wrapping (square), straw baling (square), ploughing and cultivations, muck spreading, liquid manure application, mobile milling, haulage, airport grass management and snow clearing, operating biogas plants|
|Tractors||4x John Deere 6210R, 2 x Fendt 936, Fendt 718 with loader|
|Handlers||JCB 434s, JCB 741 Agri Plus, Merlo 5.59, Schaffer 1t|
|Other||2 x Krone 1100 foragers plus X Disc whole crop header, Holmer T3 beet harvester, 2 x 2244 terragator muck spreaders, 8203 terragator big A, 2244 terragator tanker, Buschhoff mobile mill, Joskin 18,000 tanker, 8 x silage trailers, 2 x low loaders, straw trailers, 6 m Kuhn moduliner with corn and maize drill, 6m Kuhn maize drill with front fert tank, 9m Amazone maize drill high speed, 9m Kuhn butterfly mowers, New Holland BB960 square baler, Krone 1290 high density square baler, McHale 998, tedder and rake, Mercedes artic tag axle lorry, special bulid Wilcox bulker for carting maize, 2 x converted milk tankers for carting digestate, Amazone fert spreader, 12m mounted sprayer for taxiways and runways|
1.How loyal are you to individual brands?
I am not that loyal to individual brands. I just want the best machine for the job.
2. Who is your favourite dealer/dealers and why?
Ben Burgess (John Deere Dealer). The team gives a first class service and they understand a contactor’s needsOrwell trucks (Mercedes Truck dealer) is also great – nothing is too much trouble.
3. Favouite piece of kit?
Krone Big X 1100. I never thought I would own one let alone two.
4. Least favourite piece of kit?
5. Latest purchase? What do you think of it?
Terragator tanker – Haven’t got it home yet, but if it’s as good as the spreaders it should be very impressive.
6. Oldest piece of machinery still at work?
A 2001 McHale 998 wrapper. It has wrapped well over 100,000 bales for me and has been very reliable.
7. How long do you keep your machines?
It depends. We keep a close eye on running costs and current value.
8. What’s next on your wish list?
Sprayer and combine
9. Most embarrassing machinery mistake?
We had a Manitou for 6 months. It was a disaster.
10. Most awkward grease nipple?
Front prop shaft on a 2244 terragator.
11. What’s your best invention?
Not my invention – but the mobile phone
12. What couldn’t you live without in the workshop?
13. Do you buy second hand?
Sometimes. We have just purchased a three-year-old Holmer T3.
14. Favourite job/ least favourite job?
My favourite job is driving the machinery I own. Least favourite is being stuck in the office.
15. What’s your everyday transport?
Toyota landcruiser V8 diesel. It’s awesome.
16. Best tractor you’ve ever had?
Fendt 936, we have two. The oldest, an 07 plate, has done 8,700 hrs and is still going strong.
17. Biggest machinery bargain?
I would not say they were a bargain, but some of the Fendts I have bought and sold have held their value well.
18. Biggest myth to do with machinery?
Fendt’s don’t break down.
19. What would you buy if you won the lottery?
Land or property.
20. Any machinery toys/ classics lurking in the shed?
Simbugini rally car and a Caterpillar D2.