Landini tractors back at The Ploughing with new Ireland distributor.
Landini tractors will be back at The Ploughing this year as new distributor AgriArgo UK underlines its commitment to the Irish market.
A selection of tractors representing the current Landini line-up will be on display, and the event presents the first opportunity for the AgriArgo management team handling sales, distribution and after-sales support to meet farmers, contractors and other end users.
“At our first Irish dealer meeting, we were told that returning to The Ploughing is essential to give the brands and the tractors the profile they deserve,” says Will Doyle, national sales manager for Ireland.
“But, frankly, we knew that already; it’s a hugely important event for the farming community and a great platform for effectively relaunching Landini in Ireland.”
AgriArgo has kept a relatively low profile since being appointed by manufacturer Argo Tractors to take over the sales and support role vacated by the previous distributor.
Behind the scenes, explains Ray Spinks, general manager and sales director, the intervening period has been spent negotiating with existing and potentially new dealerships, and getting the required resources in place to serve the Irish market professionally.
“We’ve been focused on getting dealers up to speed on our procedures for ordering tractors and parts, and on putting finance resources in place for dealer stocking plans and retail sales,” he says.
“Our service staff have explained the diagnostics tools available to dealers for trouble-shooting, and the procedures involved in warranty claims and for delivering feed-back to the factory, which we consider very important for the long-term development of the products.”
This all takes time, Mr Spinks points out, but is essential to make the transition go as smoothly as possible so that Landini dealers are well-equipped to serve their customers.
AgriArgo’s Will Doyle says that dealers doing well over recent weeks have proven that it’s important to hold tractors in stock to meet demand for customers wanting to make a quick decision on a purchase.
“In that respect, the new stocking finance facility available to dealers is helpful, and the retail finance packages will be attractive to some customers,” he notes.
As for the products: “The 5-H Series remains one of the mainstays of the Landini range in Ireland, while the 6 Series appeals to farmers wanting something a bit bigger and more powerful.”
Each of the four versions of the 5-H can be had with a 24×12 or 16×16 creep synchro shuttle transmission and 85hp, 95hp, 102hp and 113hp outputs. But go for the ‘performance’ package and the tractors come with button shifting between three powershift speeds to create a 36×12 transmission (with creep option) and ‘boost power’ increasing output on all but the top model to 95hp, 102hp and 113hp for pto and transport applications.
The Landini 6C Series tractors are powered by a fuel-efficient 4.5-litre FPT Industrial engine. They are available with a good choice of build variations in terms of 40kph, Eco 40kph or 50kph transmissions, pto configurations, axle and cab suspension, and so on.
Base specification includes a 66-litre/min gear pump but the ‘LS’ version has a pressure-flow compensated system with 110-litre/min output from the piston pump. In both cases, a 38-litre/min gear pump dedicated to steering and ancillaries like the modulated pto and four-wheel drive clutch ensure that a good supply of oil is available in all situations.
“With the ‘LS’ version especially, the hydraulic response for loader work is really good,” says AgriArgo’s Will Doyle. “And with a 36-speed semi-powershift and adjustable power shuttle, the Argo transmission is well set up for field and road applications.”
Examples of these and other tractors in the Landini range will be available for inspection at the National Ploughing Championships on September 19-21 at Screggan near Tullamore, Co Offaly.
For more information on the National Ploughing Championships visit their website here.
Further details on the Landini tractor product range can be found here.