Farm Machinery Inspections

Plant, machinery and items we inspect
  • Telehandlers
  • Tractor fore end loaders
  • Air receivers
  • Bottle jacks
  • Trolley jacks
  • Work/access platforms
  • Timber forwarders
  • Articulated loading shovels
  • Forklift trucks
  • Scissor lifts
  • Lorry tail lifts
  • Rough terrain, counter-balance and Mounty forklift trucks
  • Skid steer loaders
  • 360 excavators including mini diggers
  • Backhoe loaders
  • Attachment used on a telehandler such as scissor lift
  • Overhead workshop gantries
  • Electric and manual chain lift hoists
  • Lifting slings and lifting chains
  • Vehicle workshop lifts
  • Engine workshop hoist

Farmers told us how difficult they found it to get qualified and reliable engineering inspections (under PUWER & LOLER regulations) carried out on their agricultural equipment – hence the development of Farmers & Mercantile Engineering Inspections.

Skilled and Experienced Inspectors

In the past many farmers have found engineering inspections to be largely a waste of time as they have been carried out by persons with no direct experience of operating or maintaining the machines involved and have often involved little more than a cursory glance around the machine and a kicking of the tyres. That is not the case with the engineering inspectors used by Farmers & Mercantile. They all come from farming backgrounds and have experience of selling, driving and maintaining the machines involved. Their sound practical advice will prove worthwhile.

Our team of highly skilled and competent agricultural inspection engineers have all undergone extensive training and all are certified by Lloyds British. Our engineering inspection division is run by Keith Short, a farmer’s son with over 20 years’ experience in the farm machinery trade. Keith also has a team of agricultural engineers that assist him with the various inspections.

Our aim is to:

  1. conduct a thorough examination of your lifting equipment to comply with PUWER and LOLER standards as required by the Health and Safety Executive, thereby reducing potential accidents
  2. provide an independent report detailing the general condition and wear and tear of your equipment
  3. advise where preventative maintenance could be carried out with a view to reducing costly repairs and extending the life of your machinery & maximising trade in values

Contact us about your Engineering Inspection Requirements

Machinery Inspections for Farmers

Why invest in Engineering Inspections?

The case study (Safe Load Indicator Failure) is a real life situation outlining a tragic, yet avoidable, accident. If only an inspection had been performed on the telehandler, it would have highlighted;

  1. the safe load indicator was not functioning
  2. the load chart in the cab was unreadable
  3. the extension markers on the boom were missing

As it was, the lethal combination of unchecked equipment cost all involved very dearly.

The result is an innocent lorry driver has been left permanently disabled and the farmer incurred a £20,000 fine plus £1,891 court costs.

If a vehicle requiring an inspection certificate is involved in an accident or causes injury, courts WILL take into account the fact that the machine held a valid certificate. It could prove to be the difference between having a criminal record and a fine or not!

Having previously had an expensive compressor inspection we started using Farmers & Mercantile in 2011, to test jacks, chains, slings, compressors, telescopic loader and man frame.

Keith Short does a very intensive half day with good advice at a fair price, we also use a third party for health and safety advice which blends in well with Farmers & Mercantile, so we feel we are doing our bit for safety in a very sensible way.

Jeff Bradshaw, Harpers Brook Farms Northamptonshire

We have used Farmers & Mercantile Engineering Inspection Service for several years now.  We have a number of different types of units – tractor/loader, telehandlers,  JCB excavator and trailer mounted Hiab.  The equipment is checked over by an engineer with a working knowledge of the machines (not just learned from a text book) and any issues found are discussed.   A detailed report is then issued for each individual machine, with helpful solutions to any defects that may have been identified.

Walter Dandie & SonsBroxburn. West Lothian. Scotland.

Keith and his team have inspected my machines for a number of years and I have always found them to be prompt, efficient and thorough.

Tony HealHeal Farms - Shrewsbury, Shropshire

We have used the Farmers & Mercantile’s forklift and pressure vessel testing service for a number of years now. We have a number of different types of forklifts; counterbalance, telehandlers and truck mounted, operating out of two locations, nothing is ever a problem for these guys, they fit in with our working day whether it’s an early start with the harvesting crew, or waiting late for a delivery wagon to return to base. We get detailed reports on all forklifts and practical, helpful solutions to any issues that may have been identified.

Turfland FarmsLancashire