Customer Testimonials

Customer Testimonials 

 

RG Produce Ltd 

RG Produce Ltd of Wereham, Norfolk is a family run business, and for around the last 40 years have been growers and contractors around the Norfolk and Cambridgeshire border. We caught up with owner Wayne Garrett in the field who has taken delivery of 2x New ScanStone EcoStar destoners this season.

“We were in the market for two new destoners for 2021 as our current brand of machines were starting to cost us an awful lot of money each year to maintain. We looked around most of the major brands and liked the look of the ScanStone machines, mainly due to the simplicity and they also looked strongly made. Due to the varying amounts of stone and flint, and the different soil types we work with, a star style machine was the way to go for us. The EcoStar has a bank of 6 stars before going onto a long rear web.

We made the decision late on in 2020 to go for the ScanStone EcoStar machines. It was a tight turn around but the team at the factory in Scotland did a great job and got our machines built and delivered in the nick of time for the start of the spring season.

I can easily say that the performance and job the EcoStar machines are doing far exceeded my expectations. The beds are a nice shape and the machine is doing a great job of separating.

We will be putting approx. 600 acres in total through the two machines this year and so far, we are well on track to do that. The uptime of both have been fantastic which was a drawback on my previous destoners. Looking at the general rate of wear on the webs; for our soils I am over the moon with their current condition which is really helping with low running costs.

The backup and support from the ScanStone Lakenheath depot has been super and I’m really pleased with how both machines are performing. I would confidently recommend the ScanStone machine to other growers in the future. Just try them for a demo and see for yourself.”

ScanStone EcoStar Destoner

Fairlie Fresh

William and Alison Skea from ScanStone visited Fairlie Fresh, to see James Fairlie and his father Ian, and find out how they got on with their 2 new 5 Webber destoners after an uninterrupted season.

James and Ian Fairlie, who run the farm at Kirkton of Monikie were very impressed with the performance of the 5 Webbers, and Rab and Ian praised the machine, giving in-depth and constructive feedback which is invaluable to the R&D department at ScanStone’s base in Angus.

Coming away from 3 machines, Fairlie Fresh said they were able to make a saving while still achieving the same output in the same number of acres planted.

Rab and Ian commented that the machines were easy to pull with their 2 John Deere 6215R tractors, and there was no boost required throughout the season.

They were able to work both uphill and downhill and commented that they could cover area with the new 5 Webbers that they could not with their previous machines.

Ian Fairlie mentioned that having the extra 5th drop meant that a lot of areas did not need to be bed tilled, unlike the previous year, offering more flexibility and less cost. He said that they were able to rely on the performance of the destoners, regardless of soil conditions, and said that in a wetter year, the 5 Webbers would really be worth the investment.

Rab and Ian were very impressed with the new Chateau Bed Formers that they had on demo earlier in the season. They mentioned that the destoner followed the Chateau ridges perfectly, and the intake disks of the destoner were exactly where they needed to be to pick up all the soil, while missing any stone. The wheels of the destoner also fitted well into the ridges and prevented the destoner wandering unintentionally. The flatter bed was advantageous in a dry year like this season, as it kept in as much moisture as possible, while also offering an even intake and even wear across the width of the destoner, they said. The wider steeper bed left by the chateau ploughs meant that the destoner could work less deep and achieve a more than adequate amount of soil behind the bed, Ian remarked.

James said that he had never planted in headlands like it.

Comparing the machines to their predecessors, James commented on the soft drive which acted as a shock absorber on the road and reduced strain on both the tractor and machine. 

Rab and Ian both commented that it was more comfortable when roading the machines from their farm at Kirkton of Monikie, up to Aberdeenshire where they also plant potatoes. The upgraded 8-stud commercial-style axle on the new 5 Webbers meant that road travel was safer, easier and with no maintenance issues.

On their first journey to land 60 miles away, Rab and Ian mentioned that they stopped 3 times to check the temperature of the wheel hubs, but everything was as normal.

Ian Fairlie remarked that the bigger 405 R24 wheels seem to fit perfectly in the rows, and their wider width meant less compaction, while being able to flatten the stones in the bed.

The 8-stud upgraded drawbar with pick-up hook, meant hitching to and from the tractor was effortless. Rab mentioned that there was a better clearance at the front of the machine as well.

Working with a longer machine, James was initially unsure about the ease of turning on the headland, however with the increased steering angle on the new 5 Webber compared to his older machines, the extra length did not pose any issue to manoeuvrability.

When asked if the slight dip in the beds formed by his ScanStone destoner made any impact planting behind with his 6 Row planter, James said that it didn’t make a difference to him because the front of the planter had a share to part the soil anyway, and there was always plenty of soil to plant into.

The new control system on the ScanStone is entirely designed, programmed and built in-house meaning that extra functions that drivers find useful can be added without much hassle. Rab and Ian found the control box in the tractor cab easy to work with, and there were a lot more options for automating processes if desired. For example, within the automatic Headland Management System, Rab and Ian were able to lower the share to the pre-set depth, lower the discs, start up the scrubber web at the pre-set speed, start the cross conveyor in the appropriate direction and centre the wheels under one single button. This meant more attention could be given to adjusting the position of the cross-conveyor frame, ensuring that the stones were always placed precisely between the beds. Rab and Ian both had ideas on how to further improve the control box, which has been taken back to the R&D department at ScanStone’s base in Forfar.

Fairlie Fresh

Wellsden Farm

Shaun Smith, from Wellsden Farm purchased a ScanStone 5.4m Bed Tiller which went to work in the Spring of 2020. After a successful trial and demo of the machine, he decided it met his needs and could be driven comfortably by the tractor he already had, an MF 7260.

With the somewhat arduous conditions experienced in the Mearns area, Sean Smith opted for auto reset ploughs on the rear of the bed tiller. A unique feature of the ScanStone.

The quick-change blades were also suitable and stood the test of the stony condition and with such an abrasive year that we have just had, blade changing was being done more often than usual.

The ScanStone 5.4m Bed Tiller covered approximately 270 acres for Wellsden, mainly cultivating carrot ground but also some other contracted bed tilling.

This machine is the 3rd machine to join Wellsden Farm in as many years, with a ScanStone 4 Webber, front mounted tiller and now a 5.4m rear mounted folding unit and ploughs.

The machine is equipped with reduction gearboxes to mitigate the strain on the main cross shaft, this in turn slows the rotor down but keeps a highspeed shaft, limiting the torque strain. Sean also particularly liked the achievable depth of the bed tiller; this was a very important feature for preparing ground for carrot sowing.

 Wellsden Farm

Whitewater Potatoes

Whitewater Potatoes, at Derachie Farm, Angus took delivery of a new ScanStone destoner in 2017. The machine has now completed 3 seasons with farm manager, Graham Scrimgeour.

Moving from a different brand of destoner in the past, it is fair to say that Graham is delighted with the machine and especially the improved running costs over the last 3 years.

The machine is a ScanStone 4 Webber destoner which has 3 equal length webs and a long rear web complete with a hydraulically driven scrubber web. Growing 300 acres of both seed and ware potatoes, the 4 Webber was extremely versatile for the conditions at Derachie farm. The machine coupled together with his Fendt tractor covered an average of 15 acres per day.

Under Graham’s management of Derachie farm, the ScanStone machine, and all machines are all very well maintained out of season, but on the occasion of an in season break down the “parts department up at the ScanStone factory couldn’t have been more helpful and there was always plenty of spare parts available” commented Graham Scrimgeour. He went on to add that this was “the beauty of buying locally made products, all the spares you could ever need were always available”.

The team at ScanStone were very grateful recipients of a couple of bags of potatoes courtesy of Whitewater Potatoes which was very welcome given the recent COVID-19 restrictions on food shopping.

Graham also runs a ScanStone 1.8m bed tiller as part of his potato planting operation. This has quick change blades.

Whitewater Potatoes 

Old Fargie

Robert Doig of Old Fargie Farm used the ScanStone Windrower as an addition to his potato harvest in the 2017 lifting season. This resulted in 540 boxes of seed potatoes a day with a Windrower and self-propelled harvester. 

‘We have not paid any price in damage and the machine has been a huge help to harvest, reducing the overall lifting time by 10 days. Running the potatoes over the Windrower incurred no extra damage. With having some steep fields, there was a lot of one way digging up the hill; the Windrower was good for this, and with the machine being nimble, there was a massive productivity gain on points / headlands. Managing to harvest over 20 acres a day, I can’t see our operation going back to not Windrowing.

With additional harvesters comes additional trailer and tractor costs. With the concept of Windrowing, this cost cut tractor hire by £50 per day and meant there was 2 less waiting trailers this year, harvesting more with less.

The reason we chose the ScanStone machine was because it has the right amount of cleaning and gets rid of the haulm. Also double discharge and being drawbar mounted helps keep the share in the ground over undulating ground.’

Robert Doig mentioned the service being “exemplary” and the concept of Windrowing “transformed how we work”

‘A Windrower and self-propelled harvester is an easy match for 2 trailed harvesters’

  

 

If you are interested in learning more about the ScanStone product range, you can find more details on our website: www.scanstone.co.uk

 

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