• TS6000 tractors: strong, reliable, manoeuvrable
• Professional and effective support for a busy fleet
New Holland Distributor CMC Motors officially handed over fifty TS6000 2WD tractors to Butali Sugar Mills Limited (BSML) in a ceremony held on July 8th at the customer’s factory in Western Kenya. These units will join the company’s fleet of over 200 New Holland 90 horsepower TS90 and TS6000 tractors.
TS6000 tractors: strong, reliable, manoeuvrable
Butali Sugar Mills, located in Western Kenya, has a raw cane crushing capacity of 2,500 TCD (tonnes crushed per day). The mills are fed by 30,000 contracted farmers scattered within the Western Sugarcane belt. To collect the cane from the farms, BSML runs a fleet of 200 New Holland tractors pulling sugarcane wagons, with each unit operating 20 hours per day spread over three shifts. With the addition of the fifty new units, BSML owns the biggest fleet of TS6000 2WD tractors in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The TS6000 tractors run a powerful intercooler turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that delivers high torque rise and requires less maintenance. They are available with a choice of mechanical transmissions: an Econoshift transmission with 24 forward and 6 reverse speeds and a Synchro Command simple and robust transmission with 12 forward/reverse speeds fully synchronised in three ranges. The single-piece front drive axle efficiently transfers power to the ground and the rear axle is designed for maximum performance and durability. The hydrostatic steering with independent high-flow hydraulic pump ensures safe and precise manoeuvrability. The operator compartment with a wide platform and simple to operate controls provides an ergonomic and comfortable work environment that reduces operator fatigue.
Mr Sanjay Patel, Managing Director and CEO of BSML, is enthusiastic about the New Holland TS6000 Series tractors: “We work our tractors hard, ferrying sugarcane from the fields to our mill on a daily basis with a radius of 30 km around the factory. The robust design of this tractor and the modifications made in the TS Series over the years, especially keeping the mechanics simple to operate and maintain, have made this tractor ideal for our business. We renew our fleet regularly – in fact, our units are never more than 5 years old. We have a long history of business with New Holland and have owned New Holland tractors for many years.”
Federico Bellotto, New Holland Business director for Africa &Middle East added: “New Holland’s TS Series has earned over the years an unassailable reputation for reliability and manoeuvrability in haulage applications. So much so that 7 out of 10 tractors sold for haulage and trailer pulling are New Holland.”
Professional and effective support for a busy fleet
CMC Motors supports Butali Sugar Mills’ operation from its Nairobi and Kisumu branches with its team of professional salesmen and qualified service technicians. CMC Motors has been selling and supporting New Holland products in Kenya for over 70 years. They have the capacity to meet all requirements of large scale farming businesses such as BSML with a full range of services that accompany customers from the purchasing stage right through to the end of the machine’s life cycle.
Mr Sanjay Patel explained: “We have an excellent relationship with CMC Motors, which dates back a very long time – to be precise our family has done business with CMC for over 30 years now.”