Lely's tornado is baling up a storm
The new Welger Tornado baler-wrapper combination from Lely is gaining a firm foothold in the Irish market
Agricultural contractors need a steady flow of new machinery to maintain the condition of the fleet and inspire customer confidence.
The newest machine for the Moloney Agri crew based in Clogheen, Co Tipperary is a Lely Welger RPC 245 Tornado combination baler-wrapper that has been busy baling silage for the team since it's delivery in June.
Bought from William John Carroll Ltd in Rossmore for €76,000, the new Tornado baler replaced a McHale Fusion 2 that the Moloney's had been working since 2009. These red combination machines are gaining a recent foothold in the Irish market, with around 30 Tornados sold for the 2015 silage season.
Interestingly, baler buyers tend to be quite loyal with brand choice overall and rarely switch allegiances from one marque to another - especially from red to green or vice versa.
To that end I was interested in the reasons why Thomas Moloney made the change.
He told me that he went for the Fusion 2 in 2009 simply "because at the time Welger had no competing compact baler-wrapper unit that could do the job as well as the Fusion."
However, with the arrival of the Tornado, Thomas feels that changed, and so the decision was made to go from green to red.
"The old Welger at the time was nearly 10ft wide on the road and I just didn't like the build, but when I saw this machine I knew it was more in line with what I was looking for. It had nothing to do with after sales service because I've had great experience of both McHale and Lely on that front.