For Ledger Farms, Dover, Kent, the solution has been investment in a high-capacity Kramer tele-handler to handle all kinds of feedstuff materials, efficiently. Ben Ledger takes care of all the feeding requirements and has been putting the Kramer 447 through its paces.
“Kramer manufactured the previous Claas Scorpion,” said Ben Ledger “and it had a great reputation for performance and reliability. When John Deere established a joint marketing agreement with Kramer and instigated improvements in the machines, it gave us an even greater reason to buy the Kramer. Our local John Deere dealer, Burden Bros Agri, supplies and services much of our mainline equipment and now the Kramer comes under their wing. They have Kramer certified techs who have all gone through Kramer training programmes and they know what they are talking about. So we are on a winner all-round.”
Ledger Farms took delivery of a Kramer 447 in April 2018. The specification gives them a lift capacity of 4.4 tonnes, to a height of 7 metres - enough to stack big square bales eight high, and it also has a towing capacity of 20 tonnes. It’s a very heavy-duty machine, capable of withstanding the rough and tough rigours on a high output farming enterprise, “Yet very easy to drive and manoeuvre” added Ben. “especially as it has a hydro transmission and we just flick a lever to go from forward to reverse - it’s a joy to drive. We didn’t want to go any bigger because we have a lot of tight yards to drive around, but this Kramer is a perfect combination of capacity and manoeuvrability. It’s also got a lot of grunt. We start at 4am and finish at 6.00pm so the Kramer gets a lot of use, not only loading a wide range of feedstuffs for creating our TMRs but we also use it to spread straw through the cubicles, clamp work and pushing up the slurry pit. It’s fully employed all day long, seven days a week.”