HBS Farms is an arable enterprise in Stalham, Norfolk where farm manager, William Sands, grows a mix of winter wheat, winter barley, spring barley, sugar beet, potatoes and peas across 250 hectares. Power and versatility are the key attributes that any tractor coming on to the farm needs to possess, and it looks like William’s new Puma 200 CVX is fitting the bill…
“We have four tractors on the farm in total and we tend to opt for machines in the 150-180 horsepower category, largely because of the work involved in cultivating potatoes,” explains William. “However, most of the tractors will eventually work across a range of crop cultivations, so it is important that we have a tractor with the right balance of power and versatility.”
William previously had a fleet made up of New Holland machines, but after having a Puma on demo from his local dealership, Stalham Engineering, he decided to opt for a Case IH vehicle when the time came to replace one of his older tractors.
“We trialled several tractors over the autumn of 2018, but the Puma came out on top and represented the best all-round package,” says William. “The fuel economy was good, it put power down well, and on the same power harrow combination drill, it was by far the quietest and most comfortable out of all the tractors that we tried.
“In March 2019, we went ahead and purchased our first Puma 200 CVX with front linkage, PTO and built in GPS. I like everything about it and I am looking forward to buying another one!”