'I used to have to press the clutch a thousand times a day - that's a lot of effort and energy'
Published 14/10/2015 | 02:30
He is very happy with his new set up, but Ray Darcy reserves some praise for the "old reliable" Fendt Xylon (Pictured) that he had for 10 seasons' work.
He sourced the 1999-registered machine from Scotland and paid almost €90,000 for it and two cutters, one of which was front mounted and also designed for reduced neck strain for the driver.
The set up attracted some strange looks from passers-by due to its rare tool carrier design.
However, the rear cutter on the Fendt still required a degree of straining and turning to keep an eye on what was going on - something that would inevitably lead Mr Darcy to upgrade to the new system.
After 1,200 hours of a busy season so far and counting, it seems he has no regrets. "I have found productivity is vastly improved compared to last season," revealed Mr Darcy.
"There are a couple of reasons why. Firstly, the New Holland has a 50kph gearbox that allows you to move between jobs briskly.
"Secondly, the continuously variable transmission means I'm not wasting time clutching for directional changes.
"On the Fendt I estimate that I used to have to press the clutch up to a thousand times a day - that's a lot of effort and energy over the course of a long day."