Kubota’s new M7001 Series was in action last weekend for its first public performance at the British National Ploughing Championships (Marden, Kent), with its M7151 agricultural tractor taking to the fields to scoop the top award for the ‘Best Demonstration Plot’ at the show.
Kubota’s Demonstrator and Trainer John Weston was in control of the new tractor, putting it through its paces and competing in the demonstration plot category. Following on from this success at the show, the leading machinery supplier is now planning a series of M7001 Demonstration Days in conjunction with its dealer network, enabling farmers to test out this high performance agricultural tractor for themselves.
The British National Ploughing Championships is a pinnacle event in the farming calendar, with over 230 people from across the UK taking part in a range of hotly contested competitions for many types of plough and styles of ploughing. The reward for the top ploughmen from the championships is being selected to represent England at the 2016 World Ploughing Contest in York next year.
Rob Edwards, business development manager for Kubota UK’s agricultural division, commented: “There’s been a lot of anticipation and interest from the industry and the public in our new M7001 Series since we announced our plans to enter the mainstream agricultural sector with these higher horse power tractors last year.
“The British National Ploughing Championships offered us the ideal platform for the M7001’s first UK outing, giving us the opportunity to show people what the tractor can do. We are delighted that it was recognised for its work and performance over the two-day event by picking up the ‘Best Demonstration Plot’ award.
“We are looking forward now to arranging a series of demonstration events across the UK so we can showcase the features and benefits of our new M7001 tractors to farmers out in the field. Watch this space for more information in the near future.”
In addition to the M7151 scooping this accolade, Doncaster-based farmer Mick Chappell also came second in the two-furrow reversible ploughing class at the championships in his Kubota M8560 machine. Mick praised the M8560 for providing the perfect balance of vision, compact size and power for helping him achieve this award.
Mick said: “When ploughing, good vision out of the cab is a crucial factor. In the two furrow reversible category, the rules also state that you can only have one wheel mark, so it’s critical as well that the tractor is designed with a combination of narrow wheels and ample power. Too small a tractor won’t give you the power you need, likewise, if you go for a bigger model, the wheel width often won’t meet the necessary regulations. The M8560 has really impressed me.”