Kubota makes play for Canadian hay tools market

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Canadian hay growers in the market for new mowers, rakes or spreaders will see a new player on some dealer lots next year.

The Canadian arm of Japanese ag equipment maker Kubota has announced it will launch a new line of Kubota-branded hay tools in Canada in 2014.

Norwegian farm equipment manufacturer Kverneland, which Kubota bought last year, will build the new tools.

The first phase of the new product line is to be available through Kubota’s dealership network early next year, including five disc mowers, ranging in working width from five feet six inches to 10 feet five inches.

The new line will also include a rotary rake, with working width of 13 feet nine inches; a tedder, with working width of 17 feet one inch; and pendulum spreaders, with capacities ranging from 7.8 to 47.7 cubic feet.

The new tools will be “the first in a series of product developments underway that will allow us to realize our agriculture growth strategy in Canada,” Kubota Canada’s president Bob Hickey said in a release.

Markham, Ont.-based Kubota Canada markets equipment including compact tractors, utility vehicles, loaders, lawnmowers and tractor tools such as blades and snowblowers through about 150 dealers across all provinces and territories except Nunavut.

Kverneland started as a scythe manufacturer in 1879 and today makes ag equipment in Norway, Demark, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Russia and China.

The Norwegian firm, which Kubota bought in May 2012 for about 1.61 billion kroner (about C$279 million today), also makes silage wagons, bale equipment, cultivators, harrows, plows and field sprayers, among other farm iron. – AGCanada.com Network

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