'Perkins engine is a big selling point for Irish customers'
Published 21/10/2015 | 02:30
Former John Deere dealer Derek Plant and his son, Darren, are now the Irish importer for Lindner tractors.
Based in Balrothery in Dublin, the family duo have been working away over the last 12 months in a bid to get farmers to realise that there's a new tractor option in town.
Derek Plant said the two main things that attracted him to the Austrian-made tractors were its frugality and competitive pricing.
"The Perkins engine is the key for us because it has such a reliable reputation.
"When we demonstrate the tractor for farmers they always pass comment on how economical it is to run. In terms of pricing, it comes in below a lot of its better known competitors - the 102hp model can be bought for around €57,000.
"We have sold a few around the area and the reports have been very good.
"We expect to have the first four-wheel-steer models in Dublin by Christmas.
"They should do very well around Leinster because there are a lot of potato and vegetable growers in the region who will value any technology that improves soil care."