The new Quicke Q-Series loaders are being rolled out across the UK, and has been fitted for the first time by Berkshire-based farmer, Chris Webber, who is already reaping the benefits.
A Quicke Q6M has been fitted to his John Deere 6155R tractor, with the latest load monitor, the Q-Companion, and according to Chris, it’s crucial to his business model.
“Our main income stream comes from growing and selling haylage, hay and straw to equestrian businesses, so I need a reliable, robust loader for use every day of the year, to move bales off the fields, into storage and to deliver them to all my customers,” says Chris.
As Chris sells his bales on both size and weight, he sought equipment that could weigh the load. “The Q-Companion system allows me to seamlessly weigh the bales as they’re lifted, without even getting out of the cab. This has really streamlined my operations, and saves a lot of precious time.
“I’m yet to test out the other functions of the Q-Companion, but I can check the height of the load and I can see that it will be really handy when lifting grain into lorries.”
Chris’ business is expanding, and he has used Quicke loaders for years, so when he set out to purchase a new one, he wanted to take advantage of the strength, durability and user-friendly benefits of the new Q-Series model.
“The bales can be transported long distances, so it’s important that the visibility from the cab is good. Not only is there a wider span of vision, but this loader is mounted further forward than my older models, and I can see a lot more when I’m pulling out at junctions and roundabouts.”
Chris is impressed with the updated SoftDrive shock absorber system, that gives him a smoother ride on long deliveries to clients, but also greatly reduces strain on both the loader and tractor, eliminating the chance of damage to hoses, pipes and accumulators, therefore reducing maintenance costs.
“The whole loader is built well, has excellent features, and looks considerably stronger than its predecessors, so I’m expecting it to have a long lifespan, even with the daily hard work that we’ll put it through at Amners Farm,” says Chris.
For more information on the new Q-Series loader and Q-Companion please visit: www.quicke.uk.com