January 2005

Paul Wilkins Tractors Ltd

Paul Wilkins has always been a progressive man, and so, after time on his parents farm in Mid Canterbury and several years working as sales representative for an Ashburton farm machinery company, he set up and registered Paul Wilkins Tractors Limited. 

That was in Timaru 26 years ago. Today the company employs 14 people and provides a wide range of farm machinery products along with the Same and Valtra tractor range, but the company is more than just tractors! 

“I’ve always regretted the company name appears restrictive, but after 26 years our clients seem to appreciate our wider interests in farm machinery, along with our other agencies. “ Paul says. 

Forward thinking has seen the company grow to match market requirements and be a market leader in the region.


Paul Wilkins Tractors Limited - a family business for 26 years

Krone and Rabe agents

“ We are very pleased to become the Krone and Rabe agents in South Canterbury, and see a strong future for both brands.” 

“ We are strong on product knowledge and the provision of service for all products we sell. That’s why we have three fully qualified staff dedicated to on farm service. We think this is essential for the productivity clients expect, and everyone knows that farm work makes high demands on machinery. All products need servicing or parts or repair at some time.” 

Family business

Paul Wilkins Tractors Ltd. hosts a very strong parts division. “This is a family company, so our on site spares department is independently operated by Trio Agricultural Parts - a subsidiary company run by our three children - Debbie, Craig and Grant. Specialist parts department supervisor is Brian Blanchard.” 

Debbie is also office manager for Paul Wilkins Tractors Ltd with part time support from her mother, while Grant is sales manager for Paul Wilkins Tractors Ltd. 

The philosophy of the company has always been to provide honest support for the farming community by providing good products at an acceptable price with back up service expertise. 

“ In total, our staff has many years of experience in tractors, farm machinery, hay balers, cultivation equipment, ride on mowers, and parts supply.” says Paul. “Hay balers and cultivation implements have been at the forefront of our activities since the very first day!”


Grant and Paul Wilkins

De-vanning facility 

A large de-vanning facility permits the company to assemble new Same and Valtra tractors indoors. Murray Donald takes great pride in ensuring these tractors are perfectly prepared for purchase. 

“ We operate the de-vanning assembly facility separate to our mechanical servicing facility which is run by Warren Harrison. This ensures the integrity of parts, expertise of staff, and customer service is focused appropriately.” says Paul. 

Integrity and transparency 

The company’s display area adjacent to the Pleasant Point Highway is eye-catching and well stocked. The reason so many customers remain faithful to Paul Wilkins Tractors Ltd is the integrity and transparency of all transactions, and the back up that’s always available if required. 

“ Our focus is always on doing the best thing for the customer - the right thing for the customer. Maybe that’s why we see our customers as friends rather than as clients. We think our Krone and Rabe clients will agree!” 

You can contact 
Paul Wilkins Tractors Ltd : 

70 Racecourse Rd
Washdyke, Timaru
Ph: 03 688 2031
Fax: 03 688 2030
E-mail: pwtractors@xtra.co.nz
Transag Centre

Transag Centre in Palmerston North is now our dealer for the Manawatu region.

We are confident that the excellent service backup available from Transag will go a long way to ensuring our customers (existing and future) peace of mind when purchasing one of the Tulloch Farm Machines product lines. 

We will do a dealer profile on Transag Centre in a later edition of our newsletter. 

Contact Transag Centre on: 

Ph: 06 354 7164
Fax: 06 354 1992
E-mail: info@transag.co.nz
Website: www.transag.co.nz

Krone Equipment on the move!

Another consignment of Krone equipment is loaded for distribution at our assembly facility in Masterton. Our close association with Palmerston Transport ensures we get sade and timely deliveries from Invercargill to Kaitaia.


A staff member leaves... 

Parts manager Brian Field has taken up an opportunity with a small truck parts business. Brian gave 20 years good service to Tulloch Farm Machines for which we are most appreciative and wish him and his family every success with the new venture. 

Another is promoted... 

We would also like to congratulate Hugh Lundie on his promotion to replace Brian and wish him well in his new position. James Hannon has filled the slot in the parts department.
Dealer training popular

Keeping dealers up to speed with customer service on TFM equipment is a high priority 

To reaffirm our commitment to customer satisfaction through skilled sales and service staff, TFM set up specialised dealer training programs - one for sales staff in August and another for service staff in September. 

Service training 

Service training for all dealers was conducted in Masterton, which consisted of two 2-day intensive courses on our main product lines. 

Sales training 

The sales training was split with one course in Ashburton and one in Hamilton. Attendance for sales and service courses were good and report back from participants was very positive. 

We would like to thank all participants for their time and input and look forward to training in 2005. 

Training requests? 

Dealers are asked to get in touch with Tulloch Farm Machines to indicate interest in training for next year. Dates for 2005 have not yet been finalised but we expect they will be the same time of the year.
James Hannon

Parts Assistant

Our newest member of staff, James was educated at Wairarapa College in Masterton and probably did not realise his career path was already mapped out for him. 

Grandfather Neil Hannon worked as a salesman for Tullochs from 1965 to 1985 and his father David Hannon worked for Tullochs from 1982 to 1986 in the Parts Dept. 

After school James worked as a locksmith and then in a pack house for one season. A position in the Parts Department at Tulloch Farm Machines became available and James was naturally interested! After conferring with his father, he lodged a successful application and started with us on 1st July 2004. 

In his spare time James plays goal keeper for the local Red Stars hockey team.
Dr. Bernard Krone Honoured

Dr. Bernard Krone’s contribution to agriculture was acknowledged recently with an award to the company of the prestigious Tilo-Freiherr-von-Wilmowsky Medal by the German Committee of Engineering and Architecture in Agriculture.

The award was ... “In recognition of his excellent services to the mechanisation of agriculture as a creative concept designer and entrepreneur.” Over the years, Krone has been responsible for many new patents, innovations and firsts in industry design - as acknowledged by this award. 

The decision by Krone to specialise in grass harvesting has paid off. The KRONE name is synonymous with innovative design features such as:
  • Chain and slat system for non stop low horsepower baleage systems
  • Centre of gravity “balance” system for Easy Cut mowers
  • Automotive drive system employed in the Big M II and Big X which controls engine revs and pump performance relative to preset engine speed to achieve up to a 25% saving in fuel cost.
Krone is also renowned for industry firsts in concepts such as:
  • Big M self propelled mower
  • Combi Pack baler wrapper
  • Multi bale medium square baler which can produce a medium square bale or 6 small bales tied into one at the press of a button.


Krone Agricultural division is a 3.2 million sq ft facility employing 650

Krone history 

The Krone Company in Spelle, Germany, was founded in 1906 by Bernard Krone. It began as a blacksmith and forge shop on a rather small scale, but Bernard Krone laid a foundation on which the Krone Company would be built. 

By 1930, the Krone Company had begun small scale production of agricultural equipment including meadow troughs, harrows, hoe and ridger equipment, beet cutters, and potato crushers. Today, the Krone Agricultural division is housed in a 3.2 million sq ft facility in Spelle and employs a workforce of 650 people. They produce high quality round balers, disc mowers, rotary rakes, rotary tedders, and many new products on the cutting edge of technology.
Gone in 60 seconds!

Do you sometimes feel you could use a slightly bigger mower?

How's this for output (left to right) - The oldest self propelled mower in New Zealand (Big M at 9.1m), the largest self propelled mower in New Zealand (Big M II at 9.7m), and the largest trailing mower in New Zealand (Easy Cut 6210CV at 6.2m). 

Combined output one acre in under 60 seconds.
Buying the new Krone machinery has paid off, with much lower running costs than before.



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