The managing director of Oakes Bros, Richard Haines.
The managing director of Oakes Bros, Richard Haines.

Claydon has further expanded its UK distribution network with the appointment of Oakes Bros Ltd to sell and support the full range of Claydon Opti-Till products in South Central England through its four depots at Micheldever, Hampshire; Coombe Bissett, Wiltshire; East Ilsley, Berkshire; and Horsham, West Sussex.

Established in 1825, Oakes Bros sells a wide range of new and used tractors, combines and agricultural machinery across an area from Brighton to Bournemouth on the South coast, including the Isle of Wight, and from London to Oxford and Swindon. The company, which is a main dealer for both JCB and New Holland, has now added Claydon to its portfolio.

The managing director of Oakes Bros, Richard Haines, said Claydon was an excellent example of fantastic British engineering, a well-established, highly regarded company that develops and manufactures new and exciting technology.

“It represents a great addition to our portfolio of British-made products, which include New Holland tractors assembed at Basildon and JCB Fastrac models produced at Cheadle,” he added.

“We’re delighted to be taking on the Claydon Opti-Till range because it will help our customers to meet the challenges of farming at a time when controlling production costs is a priority and there’s an increasing need to improve soil health. They’ll appreciate the fact that Claydon products are designed by farmers, manufactured to an exceptionally high standard, very versatile and eliminate the need to operate more than one drill.

“In an area dominated by arable farming the key advantage of the Claydon Hybrid is that it is a tine drill that will operate successfully across a wide range of situations,” Mr Haines said. “Its simple, strong design and great flexibility allows it to establish any crop that can be air sown, in any soils, from Hampshire flint and Downland brash to Oxford clay and greensand. It can be used for autumn or spring sowing, will cope with wet or dry conditions, can be specified with a split hopper design so that fertiliser can be applied at drilling, and operates accurately, reliably, and inexpensively.”

Claydon’s sales manager for the UK and Republic of Ireland, Rob Dunk, said the appointment was an exciting development for Claydon.

“It represents a key milestone in our strategy of offering Claydon Opti-Till products to customers through a network of carefully selected, enthusiastic, professional dealers,” he added. “Oakes Bros has an excellent spread of depots, dedicated sales teams at each location and a strong focus on customer relationships, so this is an extremely positive development for existing and potential Claydon owners.”