Following the purchase of Smart Ag Services by Hunt Forest Group, the telehandler market in the South West has undergone a transformation.
Smarts is now a Kramer dealer for its existing John Deere area of responsibility, in line with its parent company, while the JCB franchise previously held by the dealer has been transferred to Compass Tractors and Redlynch Agricultural Engineering.
Paul Burnett, business development director of Hunt Forest, says: “The company has a large level of stock with demonstrators available, and all HFG machines are also supplied in special colours to signify that we can offer something a little different. To prove that, we will support all new sales with a four-year or 4,000 hour warranty funded by Hunt Forest as an introductory offer until July.”
Smarts says JCB decided to terminate the dealer agreement held by the dealer following the purchase of the company. Although the agreement to supply JCB machines ended on March 12, JCB has requested Smarts continue to supply parts and service support and warranty coverage through its network of technicians for the next six months.
Compass Tractors and Redlynch Agricultural Engineering share the responsibility for the full range of JCB agricultural equipment, covering Wiltshire, Somerset and Dorset. JCB says the appointment sees increased depot coverage across the territory and has pledged to invest in a new stand-alone JCB facility in the centre of the region.
Justin Nichols, owner of Compass Tractors, says: “We are excited to represent an iconic British brand in our home market. There is a huge opportunity to further grow the JCB business in the South West with the full range of JCB agricultural products.”