Waterproof boots and an occasional break under the big tent were a must as the demo was marred by periodic torrential downpours. However, the weather never dampened the spirits of the attendees.
Customers, distributors and a group of international visitors turned out for FAE USA’s customer appreciation and demo day at its North American headquarters in Flowery Branch, Ga. Representatives of the Italian Trade Commission and the Greater Hall County (Ga.) Chamber of Commerce were in attendance to show their support for the event. A full day of activities kicked off with breakfast and a presentation of the vast array of FAE and PrimeTech machines. Then, attendees were transported to a nearby Gainesville, Ga., demo site, to see the machines and attachments at work.
Despite heavy rain, the outdoor demonstration was a huge success. A few FAE USA customers brought their own machines to demonstrate. Alex and Cathy Cornelius of Cornelius Farms had their John Deere 8530 equipped with an FAE SSH 225 soil stabilizer delivered to the site. Alex said they’ve found that their machine and attachment combo serves them well in their agricultural and grinding business and are able to grind up to 20 in. deep with their attachment.
Kevin Knolls of 3K Excavating in Alabama trucked in his Kobelco SK 160LC with an FAE UML 125 forestry mulcher. Knolls said the machine is working great for him in his land clearing business. He said the mulcher saves him time and money in pre-clearing land and has been completely trouble free. After purchasing the mulcher, the only minor machine modification that was required was adding a converter valve and his machine and attachment were up and running perfectly.
After the demo it was back to FAE USA Inc. for a barbeque lunch and an opportunity to tour the FAE USA headquarters to see the attachment and parts stocking facility that serves the U.S. market, as well as service offerings. To show its appreciation for those in attendance, FAE USA provided special pricing deals on teeth and attachments.
Several new products were introduced including the PrimeTech PT 400 with 300/S sub soiler and a full line of mini-excavator mulchers. The all-new MTH 225 stabilizer for road construction drew a lot of attention from both dealers and end users. The first unit to hit the states was delivered to FAE USA just two days before the event took place.