Agile Komatsu dozers
Lynn and Jean Brown have been ranchers/
farmers near Agra, Oklahoma, roughly midway
between Oklahoma City and Tulsa, for close
to 50 years. They own or operate 1,253 acres
of land, growing hay and raising Black Angus
A little more than a decade ago, Lynn decided
to get a small dozer to remove cedar trees and
underbrush from his land.
“The first dealership I went to clearly didn’t
have any interest in helping a small customer
like me,” Lynn recalled. “Then I walked into the
Kirby-Smith Oklahoma City store and told the
first person I saw what I wanted. He said all the
salesmen were busy, but he’d try to help me.
After a little bit, he found a low-hour, late-model
Komatsu D32 at a good price at the Tulsa store.
“Now, this was late on a Friday afternoon,”
he continued. “He called over and told the
salesperson there to wait for me, which he did,
even though it was well after-hours by the time
we arrived. I did a little test drive, then bought
the machine right on the spot. I found out later
that the guy who helped me and gave me all that
personal attention was company President Ed
Kirby. That told me an awful lot about him and
his company, and that’s why we remain loyal to
Komatsu and Kirby-Smith to this day.”
The Browns, who are currently on their third
Komatsu dozer, a D37EX-23, recently won a
drawing for a $100 American Express gift card
from Kirby-Smith after completing a survey
about their new machine.
“I really like what I get from Kirby-Smith,”
said Lynn. “My current Sales Rep, Ryan Bebee,
is great. My Product Support Rep, Larry Hollen,
and Dusty Odom, who works in parts, are
extremely helpful. Even though I’m probably
one of the smallest customers they have, I feel as
though everybody at Kirby-Smith cares about
me – and that means a lot.
“The equipment is great, too,” he continued.
“What I like about Komatsu dozers is that they are
agile, have a real smooth-shifting transmission and
are very reliable. I turn the key and they work.”
Although Lynn is now 70 years old and Jean
is 69, they don’t see retirement in their future.
“We like what we do, and we’ll keep doing it for
as long as we can,” said Lynn. “We enjoy being in
business. We like growing the herd and improving
the land. Our goal is to leave the land in better
condition than when we got it, and thanks in part
to Kirby-Smith, I’m confident we’re going to be
able to accomplish that.”