It is a motivation that is especially important in an operation where you have to divide a good deal of time and that makes employees want to do a good job. 80 fattening bulls are in Heinz Thiele's barn. He took over his father Heinrich Thiele's operation in 2009. 35 hectares of arable land and meadows as well as 14 hectares of forest belong to the business. Heinz Thiele converted the original dairy farm from the parent generation, because he trained at a fattening bull operation and his inclination toward the material of wood translated into a subsequent training as a journeyman carpenter and then later as a master carpenter. What could therefore be better than combining these two branches? In 2004, Heinz Thiele therefore chanced the leap into self-employment and is currently manufacturing packing crates and pallets for a machine building company and furniture supplier together with his four employees in the carpenter's workshop. The spectrum also includes individual solid wood furniture and stair fabrications for private customers. The 1770 CX50 from Weidemann, which was purchased in 2012, is a daily helper here in transporting the wood material and finished products – everything that goes into and out of the carpenter's workshop is done with the machine. The large Hoftrac has enough power to move and lift heavy materials with precision and the cab offers independence from the weather. The 17-series is also used in agriculture: Moving round bales, moving material with the light goods bucket and shovelling snow are some of the on-going tasks here.
A great number of Weidemann users
Weidemann machines have a long tradition on the Thiele farm: already in 1977, Heinrich Thiele was using a 130 DF. "The wheelbarrow had been worn out," he says looking back on his purchase. Heinrich Thiele is a native of Waldeck's Volkmarsen, i.e. not too far away from the Weidemann production location. That is why knew very early on about the then new Hoftrac machines and was one of the first farmers in Bavaria to use a Weidemann on his farm. Then the 1502 DM came in 1980 with the first round bales. "I learned to drive on this machine as a boy," says Heinz Thiele - as so many children and next generation farmers do. Since 1994, the 917-series with a bucket, manure fork and pallet fork has been running on the farm "and working in the garden," adds Sabine Thiele, Heinz's wife. So we assume that the two sons Thomas and Christoph will be making their first laps on the farm with a Weidemann in a couple of years. With the 917-series and the 1770 CX50, two machines are now running in parallel on the Thiele farm – you'd think the tendency would be toward the latter machine. "Both are essential," says Heinz Thiele, "and we will also not give up the old machine." Small, compact, manoeuvrable and with a great deal of power – the 917-series is still ideal for the low entryways in the stables – it was also used for all conversion work on the farm. Transporting round bales, shovelling snow and all carpentry tasks are, however, the speciality of the 1770 CX50.
A good workshop is important
Five years ago, Stephan Schönberger took over the Weidemann representation in the area and maintains close contact with his customers. They got to know each other at the time over a filter for the 917-series. He did not have to excite the Thiele farm about Weidemann, because the machines had been successful at home for decades. Father and son Thiele agree that a good nearby workshop in terms of service and spare parts supply is enormously important and, in the case of a failure, it is essential that you can rely on an absolutely reliable partner. "I enjoy talking with people and fully responding to the needs in each respective operation. I hear these reactions again and again in the field: "I'll never give that up" or "we should have had them on the farm 20 years ago." This is my goal and my personal incentive," says Stephan Schönberger about the reactions of his customers.