As the summer harvesting season gets into full swing, these are busy times at Quigley’s in Ahascragh, the region’s Claas dealers. Quigley’s Garage began trading for the first time in January 2000, set up by Padraic Quigley and his wife Bernie. The business has grown dramatically since then. Padraic looked after sales and service while Bernie looked after the books, after completing her day job as a teacher. In Sepember 2006, Quigley’s was appointed a Claas dealer, franchised to sell Claas tractors, balers and mowers. First established as a repair business it rapidly expanded into sales, trading mainly in second hand tractors and later branching into second hand machinery. Quigley’s have established a good reputation for their sales and service back-up over the last few years with many satisfied customers throughout the country. As the sales grew so too did the service they now have two full time mechanics, a mobile service van and a comprehensive stores supplying parts for all makes of tractor. Padraic’s brother Seamus is also involved in the business ably assisting Padraic with the sales end of the business. In September 2006 Quigley’s were appointed Claas dealers, franchised to sell Claas tractors, balers, mowers, etc. and have not looked back. In their first year they sold eight new tractors with 15 sold last year with the most popular model being the 90 – 100hp Celtis. Balers and mowers are also selling well for them with some units sold for the coming grass season. Quigley’s seemed to have managed the step up from being dealers of second hand tractors to high end new tractors and machinery very well and all admit these are exciting times for them and Claas with so many new products coming on stream, the biggest of which is the Arion range of Tractors. Quigley’s are also agents for Fleming agri products and Tractor motors. New Arion Claas recently launched a new line of mid-range tractors. The new Arion range comprises several four and six-cylinder tractors spanning the 105-180hp bracket and comprises of a total of 19 models in three guises. These tractors will replace existing Ares 500 and 600 series models. Three specification levels will be offered. For buyers who want the latest electronic control systems, the new Arion ‘Cebis’ incorporates many features already found on the more powerful Axion range. For those who don’t need Cebis, but still want electronic management, Claas has developed the new CIS (Claas Information System) dashboard display system. And, for livestock or mixed farmers who want a powerful but straightforward tractor with a minimum of electronics, there is the lower-spec Arion C.