Atkins Farm Machinery located on the Carrigrohane Road in Cork city recently held their open day displaying all their wares and it was one hell of a display!
Stockists of Fendt, Kubota, Pottinger, McHale and Bogballe to name but a few, the company has evolved into a major dealership since its founding in 1878. Such is their success story so far, they have 2 other dealerships, one in Fermoy and another in Bandon.
Strolling through their spacious yard, it was evident that there was quality left and right of me. A brand new Fendt 720 sat looking at me and along side it, an equally clean 716 bearing an 08 number plate but appearing to be as shining as the day it rolled off of the assembly line. You can tell looking at the second hand equipment tha they stock, takes as much as pride of place in the forecourt as the one's with the single digit hours.
To my right hand side was what really caught my eye, the much spoken of Kubota M7151P. For years, the Japanese company have been associated with mini tractors for landscaping or a range of diggers and lawnmowers. Well you can add to the fray the mix of Agricultural Tractors now and boy have they waded into battle fully kitted out.
The Kubota stands out a mile. Lets be honest. Its as orange as the day is long. But once you can get past the outlandish colour scheme, you will be amazed at the technology and spec sheet of the M7 series. First up you have a choice of 2 transmissions, Powershift, or my own preference, the KVT which is essentially a vario system. If you choose the Premium KVT model, you will be treated to the EZ Command Centre, a touchscreen monitor along with controls all at the right hand fingertips. Everything can be adjusted to suit the driver, from the screen display to the speed the hydraulics work at. Its a brilliant piece of kit. Go for the 50kmh box and you're motoring. The M7151P is rated at 148hp and boosts up to 170hp. And you can have all this in your yard for the grand price of €99,000 including vat.
Apart from the machinery end of this branch of Atkins, they also have a huge garden centre and equally impressive farm shop. Its a place you can bring the family, leave herself into the flowers and pots and plants, kids into the shop or onsite restaurant and you can wander the machinery yard, admire the Kubota and dream maybe of being Tangoed !
Check out www.atkins.ie