Master Farm Services Ltd, the agricultural and horticultural equipment marketing specialists, has taken delivery of a new Renault Premium 460.18 4×2 18t with drawbar configuration, twin sleeper Privilege cab and Optidriver automated gearbox. Supplied by Renault Trucks Felixstowe, in a conquest deal replacing Mercedes, the low height, high powered Renault Premium joins Master Farm Service’s distribution service, delivering grain driers and tractors nationwide.

Webb Truck Equipment of Acton undertook the specialist body design and custom trailer, which includes hydraulic beavertail and flatbed body with hydraulic drop wells. This design allows the truck to undertake two very different operations: transporting up to three large capacity Master grain driers which fit into the drop wells, one on the tractor unit and two on the drawbar trailer, to farms across the UK; and with the wells up it is used as a flatbed, delivering Mitsubishi Compact Tractors and ground care equipment to dealers nationwide. Suffolk-based Master Farm specified a high powered Renault Premium tractor unit to counter the significant wind resistance caused by the height and construction of the grain driers.

Chassis height was central to Master Farm’s purchase decision and, after considering other makes, including MAN and Mercedes, the Renault Premium was the only truck to achieve the height requirement of under 4.9m. George Young, Manager, Master Farm Services, commenting on vehicle specification, says: “Most of our driers go out as full height finished units, so delivering to farms and agricultural sites means negotiating country lanes with low-hanging trees as well as low bridges on the road network. The Renault Premium was the only chassis to get us below 16’, and those 6” make all the difference for access.  Our driver is delighted with the new truck (we’re having trouble getting him out of the cab!) and although high wind resistance adversely affects our fuel consumption, the Premium achieved 8mpg on its first run to Cornwall, and we hope this will improve in the coming weeks.”

Master Farm Services Limited, based in Bures, Suffolk, markets a range of specialised agricultural and horticultural equipment in the UK and overseas. Its product range includes the highly acclaimed Master Turbo Grain Drier, suitable for drying all types of crops such as wheat, barley, oil-seed rape, maize, beans and rice, and Mitsubishi Compact Tractors and Ground Care equipment. The company’s trained technicians offer sound and practical advice in sales, aftersales and accessories.

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