THE relationship between Chapman’s Machinery Service and Krone agricultural machinery stretches back more than 26 years, but even before that, dealer principal Mark Chapman recognised the quality German precision engineering in their balers, mowers, rakes, tedders and forage wagons.
And over the years, he’s travelled to Germany with upwards of 50 local farming families to see Krone’s attention to detail first hand on numerous factory tours.
“It’s a popular thing these days to tour the Krone family factory in northern Germany, but we were among the first to start going, tying it in with visits to some of the big farm field days in the UK and elsewhere. I guess I’ve been on seven or eight trips over the years but it’s pretty hard to get a spot now,” said Mark.
“You really appreciate how big they are and what goes into it.
“We’ve had a great run with Krone and so have our clients. It’s top class equipment.”
Krone was first part of Elliott’s Machinery when Mark worked there in 1985 and became part of Chapman Machinery Service when they established in 1991.
Krone is a fourth generation family business owned in Germany. It is one of the largest family-owned agricultural manufacturers in the world.
“A company like that doesn’t last more than 100 years unless the product is absolutely world class and we are delighted to stock this brand,” said Mark.
“The reason it’s such a success is obviously customer satisfaction. The product is so reliable that people keep coming back time and time again to buy.
“Of course, even a product this good has to be backed up by service support locally.”
Krone is distributed in Australia by Kubota Tractors Australia and has been for the past 40 years.
Chapmans are fully stocked up ready for the new silage season and the new warehouse, which was opened up just under a year ago, is now full of Krone equipment ready for immediate delivery.
This includes Krone mowers, mower conditioners and front mounted models, twin rotor rakes, Comprima balers, and Combi Pack bale wrappers.
Also available are trailing mower conditioners, self-propelled Big M mowers, single rotor rakes, Fortima fixed and variable chamber round balers, large square balers, single loader wagons and chasers and Big X propelled forage harvesters.
Mr Chapman says it’s looking like a terrific harvest season ahead and of course, quality self-grown silage and hay is always going to be the cheapest and best feed when good financial decisions need to be made.
“South Gippsland is proving once again to be the place to be,” he said.
“We’ve had a mild winter followed by good spring rains which have set us up for what I believe will be a bumper season.”
For more details or advice call into Chapman Farm Machinery at 58 Yarragon Road, Leongatha. Phone 5662 3973.