A Staffordshire dairy farmer is still obtaining reliable, daily service from a 36 year old German manufactured Kramer wheeled loader around his 130 acre farm.
Alf Ford and his
36 year old Kramer Allrad 311S
Alf Ford of Greenhurst Farm near Telford, obtained the 311S model back in 1977, a year he remembers well as it was also the year he married his wife Helen. At the time, the machine was about one year old, having been imported from Germany where it had spent the first year or so of its life working in a stone masons yard.
Before Mr. Ford decided to semi-retire, he kept about 100 dairy cows plus followers on the farm and says that the Kramer machine was like his right hand, thanks to its ability to easily access all the confined and low headroom areas on the farm, such as the calf pens.
Besides being used for feeding and muck scraping duties, the 311S has also earned its long keep by helping with silage making, as well as many other materials handling tasks.
Mr. Ford reports that the Kramer has been fairly trouble-free over the 35 years he has owned it, mainly thanks to the expertise of a local mechanic who now fully understands its inner workings and how to correctly set-up the ingenious double-clutch system which provides forward and reverse travel.
“I may have obtained a wife and the machine at the same time, but I certainly have no plans to change the Kramer anytime soon!” concluded Mr. Ford.
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