If your looking to buy a used tractor, look no further than Nephin Tractors and Machinery Ltd. The Mayo-based company specialises in the sales and export of quality second hand tractors and agricultural machinery. Proprietor Colm Moyles offers all the services his customers require including delivery, overseas export and shipping.
The country’s export sectors are playing a major role in fueling the economic recovery. Highly competitive, the prospects for continued robust growth are good as long as global trade continues to expand.
Domestically, there has also been a significant improvement in trading conditions but far away fields are greener as far as Colm Moyles of Nephin Tractors & Machinery Ltd is concerned.
Stocking a wide range of brands and models of tractors and plant, Nephin Tractors & Machinery are experts in supplying and sourcing tractors and plant machinery to export and home markets.
“I set up the business in 2012,” explained Colm in conversation with Irish Tractor & Agri. “I had worked in construction up until then but that fell by the wayside around 2008.
“Everyone knows what happened there but I originally hailed from a farming background and I saw a demand there for export tractors initially. From there I slowly but surely got into holding and pushing stock.
“Most of my business is export. For example I was on the phone to customers in Ghana and Malaysia today. I source tractors and machinery throughout Ireland and sell them on to Europe, the Far East, the Middle East and Africa.”
It’s a business model that has served Colm and Nephin Tractors & Machinery well so far but it’s not without its risks.
“Currency rates are obviously one of the main stumbling blocks while there are other issues that arise from time to time that are outside my control.
“Two years ago a customer in Yemen had paid me a deposit on some items but then phoned me up to say he couldn’t go ahead with the arrangement because the port had been blown up!
“It’s hard to believe that something that happens internationally can have such an effect on my business here in Mayo but that’s the way the export business is.”
Nephin Tractors & Machinery’s main route to market is via international buy and sell websites (a la Done Deal). In addition, customers can log on to the company’s regularly updated website – www.nephintractors.ie.
Offering a highly personalised and knowledgable service, Colm gives his clients assurance that what they purchase is sound and reliable. Organising haulage and delivery globally, as a result, he has many clients who come back to him again and again.
“I’m of the opinion that what people believe they are getting, they get. There’s huge trust involved and my clients are obviously satisfied with what I tell them because I get a lot of repeat business.
“It takes a while to build up relationships and trust. Some clients visit my yard while purchase on trust, they rely hugely on what I tell them.”
The quality of Nephin’s tractors and plant machinery is another reason why the office phone is rarely idle.
“Business has been fairly steady, there are times it blows hot and cold but that’s the nature of this business and, overall, I’m happy because I’m kept going.
“At times I’m surprised how steadily the business has grown and I hope to take on a person this year.
“There’s a good demand out there for quality second hand stock. The construction sector has also seen a lift in recent times and there is a shortage of machinery and tractors.
“As long as there are farmers there will be a need for tractors and equipment. Cash flow can be tight, that goes in cycles, but what I’ve seen is a good demand domestically for the last while.”
One of the leading dealers in the country, Nephin Tractors & Machinery Ltd provide their customers with the best service available. Colm takes care of everything from the purchase to the delivery with full peace of mind that his clients require.
Give him a call to find out more.
Nephin Tractors & Machinery Ltd
Taken from Irish Tractor & Agri magazine Vol 4 No 5, June 2016