Game of ‘Krones’ to feature at this year’s FTMTA show

Game of Krones – featuring as its focal point a metal ‘throne’ fabricated in Dublin entirely from Krone machinery parts and components – will be just one of the attractions on Farmhand’s stand at next month’s FTMTA Farm Machinery Show at Punchestown.

‘Krone’ throne

The brainchild of Farmhand’s Marketing Manager, Stephen Scrivener, the aptly named Game of Krones throne took a Farmhand fabricator hundreds of parts and many painstaking hours to complete.

Apart from attracting interest amongst visitors, its purpose is designed to highlight the long-standing relationship that exists between the German manufacturer and its Irish distributor and to emphasise the importance that both place on the parts and components side of their operations.

Free to all who sit in it, those who choose to (and be photographed) will be invited to make a small donation to Embrace FARM, the charity founded to support those who lost loved ones in farm accidents.


Three stands will make up Farmhand’s Punchestown exhibit. The primary one will consist of an extensive display of their latest machinery and equipment lines, with space also being given to their Fastparts division. A third stand will showcase a range of branded jackets, hats, fleeces and merchandise.

Likely to capture attention will be a number of new models and equipment lines. From Krone comes the all-new TC640 rake (19ft to 21ft).

Krone TC640 silage grass rake
Krone’s new TC640 rake will be launched at the show.

Farmhand says it has ‘all the features of larger Krone rakes but at a more affordable price’.

Also making its Irish debut will be Amazone’s ZAV spreader.

Amazone Z-AV spreader
New at the show: Amazone’s Z-AV twin-disc fertiliser spreader.

It is equipped with the latest metering and agitation system. Others things to watch out for include two ‘brand new’ Amazone grain/fertiliser drills and a new lower-priced sprayer with a 21m boom option.

From Alo Quicke there will be new loaders, a new front weight/linkage safety device from Zuidberg and a range of Austrian-made APV grass seeders.

On the parts side, Farmhand’s Fastparts line-up will include two recent product introductions – the Hayknife bag and silage bale opening device, and the latest goodies in the RAM range of mounting systems.

Also on show will be a selection of Dromone pick-up hitches and Weasler PTO shafts.

Farmhand Managing Director, Paul Scrivener describes their presence at Punchestown as “the most exciting display we have ever put together, underlining the ever growing importance that the event holds in the machinery sales calendar”.

Other attractions likely to interest visitors will be a fully-operational Alo Quicke simulator being used to demonstrate its fully electric loader controls.

‘Aroma’ of silage

An air freshener will be gifted to visitors at the show. Farmhand says its aroma of freshly cut grass ‘will bring the silage season forward a few months’. Produced in the shape of a Krone Big X, it can be hung in cars and tractors to remind people of the joys of the silage season – even in the depths of winter.