J. H. Fitzpatrick celebrates 40-years with Case IH
J. H. Fitzpatrick Ltd in Monasterevin, Co Kildare this year celebrates 40 years as an authorised dealer for Case IH, a company that manufactures an extensive range of tractors, combine harvesters, balers and loaders which are at the forefront of current technology.
Still family-owned, J. H. Fitzpatrick Ltd celebrated 60 years in business in 2014. It was founded by Joe Fitzpatrick, who,having trained as a garage mechanic in nearby Athy, Co Kildare and wanting to further his career, acquired a small repair workshop, two petrol pumps and a small shop on the current site in 1954., The business started out repairing motor cars, tractors and small trucks, as well as selling petrol. His wife Mary joined him in the business in 1960 and in subsequent years the business flourished. Car and tractor sales followed and the business has continued to grow. The business is closely connected with agriculture, with Joe himself still going strong and keeps a keen interest in the business and farming activity. Joe and Marys’ sons followed them into the business progressively in the 80’s and 90’s and now 3 sons work in the family businesses, which also include forecourt retail, motor dealerships &farming.
Now under the management of Donal Fitzpatrick, the farm machinery business offers customers a wide range of leading farm equipment brands, supported by the 12 full-time employees. Donal is also the current president of the Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association.
“A turning point came in 1975 when, after many years of selling and repairing second-hand tractors and machinery, the business was awarded the International Harvester (IH) tractor, combine and baler franchise. That was a major step forward for us,” Donal explains. “After our country joined the Common Market in 1971 farmers were doing very well and machinery sales generally were at a very high level. The International Harvester tractor range at the time included the 475, 574 and 674, which were very advanced compared with competitor models from Massey Ferguson and Ford. These models were well received and customers liked the features which they offered, such as hydrostatic steering, synchromesh gearbox, powerful hydraulics and good manoeuverability, which made them excellent for loader work.
“1978 was a boom year for our business: the new IH 584, 684 and 784 models continued the outstanding success of the 74 Series models and were ideally suited to the needs of our customers.
“That continues to be the situation today. The current Case IH range is the best ever and stands comparison with anything else on the market. The average tractor in our area is between 125hp and 140hp, so the Case IH Farmall, Maxxum and Puma from 105hp to 240hp are key models for us because they cover the requirements of our customers, from small dairy units right through to larger farms and contractors.
“The latest Farmall models are a natural progression from the Case IH 4200 and CS Series tractors that many of our customers have been using successfully for many years. The Farmall A from 55hp to 114hp are ideal for many requirements, but the big sellers are the Farmall C from 58hp to 114hp, together with the Farmall U and U Pro models from 99hp to 114hp. All these tractors put the emphasis on manoeuvrability, compact dimensions, ease of operation and a high power-to-weight ratio, which makes them capable of a huge range of tasks on arable farms and livestock units. Every model has been well thought out and provides an excellent cab, visibility, hydraulic performance and manoeuverability, so they are ideal for loader work.
“Larger farms tend to choose the larger Case IH Maxxum models from 110hp to 140hp, which are very reliable and benefit from highly efficient four-cylinder engines which incorporate Power Boost, and offer the added benefit of low fuel consumpition resulting from use of the AdBlue. Our customers like the fact that all the Maxxum tractors are very reliable, have excellent transmissions, powerful hydraulic and PTO performance, while the size and comfort of the cab are just right.”
The six entry-level Maxxum trators are a cost-conscious investment to get the job done. The Efficient Power engines mean that all models offer superior performance, even in extreme conditions, allowing customers to complete their work as efficiently and economically as possible. The Maxxum Multicontroller models combine a supreme operator envrionment with a cutting-edge control system that delivers ultimate productivity and performance. The range also offers a choice of three Maxxum CVX models from 110hp to 131hp, which incorporate the Case IH CVX infinitely-variable transmission to maximise performance and efficiency.
Mr Fitzpatrick adds:
“The Case IH Puma range from 131hp to 215hp is popular with larger farms, agricultural contractors and peat harvesting operations in this area because of their excellent power to weight ratio, exceptional fuel economy, power management systems and powerful hydraulics, while the infinitely variable transmission of the Puma CVX tractors 131hp to 228hp allow operators to focus on the job in hand while the tractor’s systems maximise productivity.
“There is also interest in the new Case IH Puma tractors from 150hp to 220hp, which takes the class forward in a number of areas, together with the new Puma CVX tractors from 150hp to 240hp.”
J.H Fitzpatrick support all of the equipment they sell with a fully equipped workshop, four trained fitters and field service vans to look after customers within a 100 km radius of Monasterevin. The business also operates an articulated low loader capable of carrying the largest equipment which it sells and offers next-day delivery on parts, with orders received before 6pm delivered by 8am the following morning. The workshop opens from 08.30 until 17.30 during the week and from 09.00 to 13.00 on Saturdays.
Further details of Case IH products are available from: J. H. Fitzpatrick, Kildare Road, Monasterevin, Co. Kildare. T: +353 45 525 344 or visit www.jhfitzpatrick.ie