Masters Spreading Ltd, an agricultural contracting business covering Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, has purchased the first Yanmar V80 wheel loader sold in the UK. An expert in start-to-finish fertiliser solutions, the company will use Yanmar’s new-to-market model to mix bespoke fertiliser blends for its clients.
Following the retirement of its previous wheel loader, Masters Spreading required a more robust machine that would better suit its needs. The harsh nature of working with fertilisers, combined with seasonal demand, meant that reliability and resistance were essential. Having tested a variety of equipment from leading manufacturers, purchasing the dependable V80 was an easy decision.
Rob Falkingham, co-owner of Master Spreading, explained: “I bought a Yanmar compact tractor a few years ago that really impressed me. When it came time to replace our wheel loader, Yanmar’s offering really stood out. The V80 is now an integral part of our business – we use it daily for loading and unloading, as well as mixing specific fertiliser blends to suit exacting client requirements. It puts its feet down well, joystick gearchange is great and we no longer need to exit the cab to change the buckets. It’s a real time saver!”
Ordered through Yanmar dealer MTS Plant, the V80 was delivered to its new owners at the end of November. Reliable and highly manoeuvrable, the Stage V-compliant model offers a unique combination of performance and efficiency.
With a top speed of 20 km/h on the road (or 36 km/h in the high-speed version) and a tipping load of 3770kg, the V80 is a versatile machine. Compact dimensions in all aspects provide excellent manoeuvrability, including a turning radius of less than two metres. Parallel kinematics allow the operator to quickly and precisely lift loads and the hydrostatic transmission delivers high power and smooth adjustment, with high rim pull and good travel performance – even on steep inclines.
David Cockayne, UK & Ireland Sales Manager at Yanmar Compact Equipment Europe, commented: “We are thrilled to be getting the new V80 into the hands of businesses across the UK and Ireland. Rob and the team at Masters Spreading now have an excellent wheel loader to deliver a core role in the business. The V80 is low-emission and feature-packed, I would encourage everyone in the market for a wheel loader to try one out.”
Matthew Watson, Operations Director at MTS Plant, added: “At MTS Plant, we work with a variety of businesses – from national contractors and councils to hire firms and sole traders. When Rob at Masters Spreading got in touch to find out more about Yanmar’s latest wheel loader models, we worked in close partnership to provide the perfect solution.
“The V80 has compact dimensions in all aspects; height (<2.7 m), width (<1.8m), length (<5.1m) and turning radius (track circle <2m) which contribute to high manoeuvrability. Numerous controls have been redesigned and rearranged for fast operation and improved machine monitoring. The 3.5″ display shows machinery and engine data while the modern menu guide is similar to a smartphone display.”