Had a 536-60 since July after replacing my 4th Merlo, nearly 500hrs on it, tried Manitou, Kramer and Merlo Cs JCB most expensive. Love the comfortable quiet cab, good viability and pushing power, hydraulics are powerful and responsive perhaps too quick on way down for a start. Fit a camera to the PUH makes life easier. Dual tech excellent most of the time. I have the 130 hp which in the field doesn't have much get up and go when say loading straw or pulling trailer in field when compared to old 40.7 Merlos. Also 1 reverse gear can make you feel constrained but only say 1% of the time. However when towing 32ft of Hesstons on the road it pulls so much better than Merlo due to gearbox. I did opt for service plan and extended warranty as it is an early stage 5. Fuel consumption was high for a start but now down at 6.5l/hr similar to Merlo and ad blu is a fill every 2nd diesel fill.
The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.
Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).
Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...