Switching from a competitor OEM to Same Deutz-Fahr (SDF) tractors supplied by Eqstra Industrial Equipment (“EIE”) has proved to be a highly successful commercial decision for South African contract farmer Yieldpro.
“As diesel consumption is the highest cost item, the exceptional fuel efficiency of the SDF tractors has meant huge savings for our clients,” says Yieldpro owner, Christo van Niekerk, who purchased ten SDF tractors from EIE at the beginning of 2015. ”We brought fuel consumption down by a massive 25% in just one season, working more than 2,000 ha of silage.
“Initially, I was slightly sceptical about the extent of the reduced fuel consumption promised to me by EIE, but I have been so impressed by these tractors, that I can only urge other farmers to ‘try it, you won’t believe it’”, laughs Christo.
EIE supplied Yieldpro with the Same Explorer 90 and 100 models and Same Laser 130 and 150 models on a rent basis. A further, recent purchase covered four ground preparation disc attachments for the tractors, sourced by EIE from an OEM.
Started just seven years ago by husband and wife team, Christo and Michelle van Niekerk, Yieldpro has seen phenomenal success in contract farming in South Africa, increasing its client base simply through word of mouth about their excellent service delivery. Contracts range from silage for the integrated beef business, Beef Master, through to land preparation and harvesting for the giant fertiliser company, Omnia and contract ripping for the Celtic Farm Village in Rietvlei, Gauteng. Here, Yieldpro is providing contract ripping to assist Farm Manager Struan Scott convert the farm to no till farming.
With his roots deep in the soil, having come from a farming family, Christo knows the importance of value for money to farmers. “Besides the low fuel consumption, the SDF tractors are very affordable, and EIE’s financing flexibility meant that I could finance these tractors off balance sheet, directing my capital outlay elsewhere to grow my business,” says Christo.
“SDF machines are also tough, as Yieldpro has proved again and again, working those six to seven days a week, 24 hours a day, with just one minor breakdown. EIE’s technical support and service provided to me has been amongst the best in the field.”
Christo has a team of 20 permanent and contract staff. ” While my workers were initially a bit suspicious when I switched to SDF tractors, they soon found out that these low spec machines are very operator friendly and suited to South African conditions, handling the different agricultural environments with ease.
“SDF tractors fully deserve to be a Best-in-Class EIE brand,” concludes Christo.
According to Yolandy Cornelius, Eqstra Agri’s Operations Manager “As a result of SDF’s ongoing investment in technology, SDF tractors offer advanced features, including excellent selection of gear ratios, a three point pick up, and an all-wheel and self-adjusting braking system, with oil-bath discs and hydrostatic control, for superior passive and active safety.” The electronic fuel management ensures the correct quantity of fuel is delivered at all times in relation to engine power demands and load, thereby optimizing consumption.
With the addition of the recently launched Explorer Special to its range, EIE markets Explorer tractors from 85 hp to 110 hp, with two and four wheel drive versions available for most models. The four wheel drive Same Laser is built to cater for a wide variety of different needs and is particularly suitable for medium sized farming. EIE markets Same Laser tractors from 110 hp to 170 hp, with or without a cab.
EIE is the licensed distributor for SDF in Southern Africa, supplying the agricultural industry with a comprehensive range of the Deutz-Fahr and Same tractors. All components are manufactured and assembled by Same Deutz-Fahr, giving the company complete control over quality assurance.
Note to Editors
Eqstra Industrial Equipment (“EIE”) provides distribution, leasing, rental and value-added services for industrial, materials handling and agricultural equipment in South Africa, various other African countries, the UK and Ireland. EIE has exclusive distribution agreements with best-in-class brands and operates from 4 branches, 10 depots and a comprehensive dealership network in Southern Africa, with representation in Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi, Madagascar, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The UK industrial equipment business, Impact Handling is the exclusive distributor for Cat Lift Trucks in the UK and Ireland. EIE forms part of the EQSTRA Holdings Limited Group, which is listed on the Johannesburg stock exchange.
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