Forbes NSW machinery dealer Roylance Tractor Replacements are ramping up their machinery credentials, have added multinational Kubota to its roster of inventory, following the families exit from the automotive industry.
Roylance director Justin Roylance said while the last few months had been challenging, he was excited to see the increase in the dealerships machinery lineup.
"We moved away from the automotive industry to focus on the other side of our business in mining and agriculture," he said.
"We're much more focused on this side of Roylances moving forward.
"We have some more big announcements coming soon about the new partnerships we have been working on, but we're very excited to be adding Kubota to our range as of May 1."
Mr Roylance said Kubota had built a strong reputation in Australia over the last 40 years, with a wide range of products, however initially Roylances would focus on the compact range.
"Not only is the range extensive, but the available attachments Kubota offer is impressive, and one of the reasons we're so pleased to be able to offer Kubota as a viable option across the Central West," he said.
"From backhoe fittings to buckets and mowers, they're amongst the most versatile tractors on the market, but we won't be just offering tractors.
"Kubota also have a great reputation for mowers, and although we probably won't get much use out of them at the moment, we'll also be carrying an extensive range of spare parts for all those operators that currently use Kubota mowers and are likely to be using the colder, wetter months for maintenance.
"We're also very excited to be bringing Kubota's extensive range of side-by-side RTVs - like their range of tractors and mowers, the RTVs have a fantastic reputation."
Mr Roylance said the company did plan to expand into the larger range of Kubota tractors and equipment over time.
"From May 1 we have access to the full range of Kubota spare parts," he said.
"From there a steady range of new products will arrive in Forbes to suit the local market - compact and sub-compact tractors, mowers and RTVs - and then we'll be looking to expand our staff to include dedicated service and sales people that will allow us to ultimately move into the full extent of Kubota products."
Mr Roylance said while COVID-19 had impacted day to day working arrangements, the business was open and he encouraged customers to phone in orders.
"We either leave them at the front of the store for pickup, or load them straight into their vehicles," he said.
"We have all the necessary precautions in place, so we're happy for people to come in and see the new Kubota range, however we'd prefer that they called first to make sure we can spend some time with them to address any questions - at a safe social distance.
"We're here to provide whatever assistance we can to anyone in the region, and for those on the farm and in industry that are doing such important work right now, please press on and let us find a way to help you with services and products you need to keep operating, give us a call and we'll sort it for you."