BILLERICAY FERTILISER SERVICE (BFS)
Billericay Fertiliser Services (BFS) are UK leaders in crop nutrition through their development and supply of liquid fertiliser whilst also
supplying suspension fertiliser for mainly root crops and compound fertiliser. BFS is a family run business based in Ilgars, Woodham Ferrers
since 1976 where all products are manufactured on site. Ian has been working for BFS for the past 15 years looking after plant maintenance
and driving their telehandler. Ian explains that they are very ”versatile” and will meet customer specific requirements as they have a mixing
plant on site. BFS also has a sister company Billericay Fuel Services providing domestic fuel to homes and farms in Essex.
In order to provide this service BFS require a reliable machine. In August 2019 a demo New Holland telehandler TH7.37 Plus arrived to BFS
by local dealer Ernest Doe Ltd. Ian was very impressed with the new telehandler saying “we wouldn’t let it go back” and decided to update
their current LM series telehandler. The main purpose of the telehandler is to load vats and move IBC tanks around the site. Ian is very
pleased with the telehandler as it is ”perfect for what we want and works well”.
The plus model is designed for the most demanding operators who always require maximum productivity and comfort. The cab’s spaciousness
and power are the two major feature upgrades that Ian enjoys in his new telehandler. The new TH range features an advanced cab design
offering 360° vision. Ian says he is ”very impressed with the visibility from the cab”. The new LED lights offer all round visibility ”the LED
lights are fantastic, you really notice the difference” Ian describes. The telehandler is very manoeuvrable with a turning radius of 3.9m
when 4WS is engaged ”the manoeuvrability is good for a long truck; the footprint is longer making it stable and comfortable” Ian explains. ”There are sizeable mudguards on the machine which is helping
us keep it clean”. ”The gearbox is a major feature of the new telehandler” Ian explains. The TH7.37 Plus features a new 6Fx3R PowerShift™ transmission with two modes manual and semi-auto. Ian describes
that ”the hydraulics feather lovely and there is a smooth ride on the booms”. Ian has found the new telehandler to be smooth and quiet as the ECOBlueTM HI-eSCR equipped engines offer low in cab noise
and low bystander noise levels. The reversing fan keeps everything cool, working every 6 minutes. Ian has found the fan at back of the machine is ”kept much cleaner especially when working with fertiliser
its very dusty and the fan really helps”.
Overall Ian has been very impressed with his new telehandler stating ”I can’t fault the machine”. ”It is the most comfortable loader in the market and I have driven many loaders”. Ian has been very satisfied
with the service provided from his local dealers ”Ernest Does are very helpful and always at the end of the phone when you need them”.