Kubota rolls into Donnybrook

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A&R Machinery manager Daniel Trigwell and director Albert Vinci at the new premise.
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The doors have opened at an extension of a popular South West farm machinery engineering firm.

A&R Machinery has branched out into machinery sales and leased new premises south the Donnybrook town centre, on South Western Highway.

Formerly Donnybrook Patchwork Cafe, the site has been transformed into a Kubota machinery dealership featuring a showroom and service shop.

The original A&R Machinery site on Ramsay Terrace will remain open and continue to focus on farm machinery engineering.

A&R Machinery manager Daniel Trigwell said the new branch, backed by director Albert Vinci, aimed to capitalise on the region’s diversifying farmland.

“We make a lot of tractor attachments and found there was a market for smaller machinery,” Mr Trigwell said.

“There are a lot of lifestyle farmers with 10 to 20 acres, but there are dairy farmers at Capel and Boyanup, orchards at Donnybrook and cropping at Boyup Brook.

“We have 2500 regular customers who are farmers, so we relied on that base to expand our business.”

Mr Trigwell said A&R Machinery started to “dabble in sales” last year and staff quickly realised there was a market to be explored.

When Kubota approached the engineering firm to gauge Mr Vinci’s interest in establishing a dealership, Mr Trigwell said his boss jumped at the opportunity.

“It’s a new venture for us on the back of an old company,” Mr Trigwell said. “The engineering side will stay at the old premises, that’s our fully fledged workshop, whereas this is a showroom.”

Refurbishments included knocking down walls to create one shop. Stock landed about six weeks ago and an official opening will be held in the coming weeks.

Items for sale include Kubota lower-scale items, including line trimmers and ride-on lawnmowers to 170hp tractors.

It also stocks hay and forage equipment from Kubota subsidary and German-based manufacturer Krone, including hay rakes, mowers and rollers.

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