March 21, 2014
Staff at Great Plains’ Sleaford, UK plant are despatching a fresh load of spare parts to a customer in Eastern Africa – to be used on one of the many Simba disc harrows that are still working in the region.
The parts are due for original sets of 4B discs, a machine the original Simba company sold widely across East Africa, and which it re-launched at Agritechnica 2013.
Simba was founded by Keith Burton, who farmed in East Africa and found the locally produced machines were not up to the task of cultivating the soils. As a result, he developed his own range of disc cultivators; toolbars and rippers, which found a ready market in the region.
“We still sell several consignments of parts for machines like the original 4B discs to African customers every year”, says Kevin Waddingham, Parts Manager at Sleaford.
“They are usually a combination of wearing metal items, bearings and hydraulic components. Some of the discs they are going to be used on must be 15 or 20 years old, and customers report that they’re still working well.
“At the time Simba used the advertising slogan “Tackles The Tough Stuff” – and 20 years later our machines are living up to that promise!”