29 March 2015 | Online since 2003



Combine harvester sales drop significantly


Compared to the previous year, sales of combine harvesters have fallen. The market has contracted by significantly more than 10 percent – in particular as most new acquisitions are made in the first six months before the harvest season.

The effect has been positive for manufacturers of spare and wearing parts.

"Existing harvesters have to work for longer, so the stress on wearing parts is also greater. In many cases, the operating hours are not what farmers wish – with unplanned downtimes the result", says Alexander Maier, Managing Director of PW Parts.

There is particular interest in enhanced spare parts produced and developed by third-party manufacturers such as PW Parts.

"We are seeing sales figures for wearing parts such as sieves and straw walkers go up. Agricultural businesses are very keen on cost-effective repairs", says Maier.

Engineers develop replacement parts, applying insights from day-to-day use of harvesters. They identify weak points that were not considered when the harvester was first designed. A few millimetres of thickness can mean a few hundred more operating hours – and therefore significant savings over the life of the harvester.

Claas leads sales, followed by John Deere and New Holland

The German manufacturer Claas is ahead of pack for new sales, followed by John Deere and New Holland. "German agricultural machinery is very popular, including in the strong agricultural economies in Eastern and Southern Europe.

The basic quality is high, but the costs for wearing parts are also high", says Alexander Maier. Farmers and repair workshops can save up to 50 percent of the costs by purchasing re-manufactured parts in original or better quality – the savings soon build up to €10,000 or more per machine per year that can be invested elsewhere.

According to Alexander Maier, rapid availability is also decisive in addition to quality: "if a harvester is broken, the unplanned downtime costs a lot of money. We have the parts in storage for the online shop – items are shipped as soon as they are ordered."

Download



Comments


No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment

To post comment without approval login or register

Display name

Please enter your name

Email (optional)
Comment

Please enter your comment

Post Comment

Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.

Some error on your process.Please try one more time.



Jobs


15 March 2015
Pharmacy Services Apprenticeship
Almost half this population inhabits outlying villages and farms. To undertake any necessary work as may be required and appr...

20 March 2015
Apprentice Teaching Assistant
The school is based over 2 sites and there are vacancies at both the Bletchley site and Grange Farm site. Training to underta...

12 March 2015
Graphic Designer
Richard Hamshere, Production Director, MA Business and Leisure Ltd, Jesses Farm, Snow Hill, Dinton, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP3 ...

14 March 2015
Digital Display Account Manager
In addition to the top-level training and working on pioneering campaigns, we work across a myriad of the great and good in n...

18 March 2015
Telecoms Field Sales
Ensure that you maintain your vehicle and drive safely to appointments informing the Sales Dairy Manager the outcome of each ...




Top stories you may have missed
23 March 2015 | Cattle

UK butchers face difficulties to recruit...

Butchers in the UK are losing a generation through lack of training opportu...


20 March 2015 | Arable

Dust - the secret fertiliser?

NASA research has revealed how dust blown from the Sahara desert helps supp...


19 March 2015 | Arable

The Budget 2015: A Farmer's Budget?

“In the run up to the Budget 2015 most commentators were predicting that th...


17 March 2015 | News

UK's first floating solar power system l...

The UK’s first fully operational floating solar panel system has been unvei...


13 March 2015 | Animal Health

Labour and Conservatives clash over badg...

Axing the badger cull in England and Wales will save more than £120 million...


12 March 2015 | News

Solar could be cheapest energy source by...

By 2025, solar power could become one of the cheapest forms of energy in ma...


11 March 2015 | Finance

English buyers turn their attention to S...

Demand for Scottish farm land remains strong and continues to be better val...


9 March 2015 | Cattle

2020 vision for the Welsh red meat indus...

The Welsh red meat industry should aim to increase sales by at least 34 per...


6 March 2015 | News

MP raises egg industry concerns on trans...

Fears about the impact that a proposed transatlantic trade agreement could ...


Stay safe and legal when flying drones

The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Unmanned Aircraft Systems - or dron...