We are a main McCormick and Zetor tractor dealer based near Macclesfield covering Cheshire, parts of Derbyshire and the surrounding area's providing services to the Agricultural sector. We can provide a complete solution to your farming requirements, offering a wide range of franchises to complement our tractor sales.
The history of Barlow's dates back to around 1890 when Joseph Barlow moved to Macclesfield to start a business as a 'threshing machine proprietor'. As the business grew, Joseph's son Harold joined the business and then in time, Harry (Harold's son) joined in the late 1930's, by which time the business had moved onto using tractors for the threshing rather than steam engines. One of the tractors used was a 1939 Allis-Chalmers model A which worked right up to 1966 and is still in our family today and is in fully restored condition! One fact about the Allis we know is that from the records we have kept, they show that it has worked in the region of between 32,000 and 35,000 hours and it still has its original clutch, piston and liners!!
In 1954 Harry Barlow moved the business to Pump House Works (Henbury) where we are still based today. Once the downturn in contracting around this time was thrust upon the economy (due to affordable farm machinery becoming available), Harry began to use his knowledge in repairing his own machinery to carry out repairs to local farmers and also to supply the tractors and machinery.
Harry attended the Smithfield Show in 1965 where Zetor Tractors were exhibited for the first time and after appraising the tractor, signed up to be one of the first Zetor dealers in the UK. The first Zetors sold were in the Spring of 1966 and the first supplied model '4011' is now firmly back within the family collection.
Above: Our newspaper advert dating back to 1991 celebrating 25 years as a Zetor tractor dealer.
We have the largest stock of Zetor parts in the UK with over 18,000 different lines and we export parts all over the World.
We also sold Renault tractors for over Twenty years until they disappeared into the Claas empire!
We took on the McCormick franchise in April 2009 as we saw this as a quality product that has been tried and tested for many years. In May 2010 we opened another depot in Leek, Staffordshire, as the main agricultural suppliers for that area had closed their doors. This also helps our customers have better access to spares as it also falls into our McCormick dealer area.
In the Summer of 2010 we also took on the Arctic Cat diesel ATV's which has been a major success. Fast forward to 2012 and we have also taken on the Kawasaki Mule franchise and also been made one of only eight Krone Forage Centres in the UK, being able to supply and service the Krone Self-propelled Foragers, Big Square Balers and Self-propelled Mowers.
As a company we have always had a tendency to stay with suppliers for a long time, therefore the knowledge gained over many years for spares and repairs means a better service to our customers.
Today we remain a family business, with Alan and Sally Barlow as the Managing Directors, James Barlow as a Director and between the two depots we employ nine staff.
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