Why Kubota are the leaders in vineyard and orchard tractors

Kubota South Africa is committed to working with its customers to adapt to industry trends. One market it has specifically focused on is orchards, with a range of open-station and cab narrow tractors.

Kubota has invested in a drive to make improvements in its aftersales offering and product range. Its South African distributors, Smith Power Equipment, has worked closely with the company to develop tractors to suit South African conditions.

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Baoli electric forklift for Heneways

Heneways, one of the leading freight management and logistics operators in South Africa, has taken delivery of the Baoli KBE 25 electric forklift from Smith Power Equipment, a South African importation and distribution company representing leading global equipment brands.

Paul Hulley and Thami Mavuso
Paul Hulley (Henneways) and Thami Mavuso (Smith Power Equipment)

 For internal warehouse usage to handle food grade products in its facility, Heneways went into the market for an electric forklift. Paul Hulley, Warehouse & Distribution Manager at Heneways, says the KBE 25 ticked all the right boxes for the freight management company. However, its competitive pricing against other brands in the local market, complemented by the aftermarket support reputation of Smith Power Equipment, largely influenced the buying decision.

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Toro Keeping standards high at Houghton Golf Club

Toro Houghton Golf Club is deemed one of South Africa’s premier golfing venues. To keep standards high, a meticulous turf maintenance regime ensures the course’s unmatched aesthetic appeal and overall playability. To be able to achieve these maintenance goals, the green-keeping team has standardised its fleet on Smith Power Equipment-supplied Toro machines in recent years with great results.

Stephen Mangold and Stuart Ross
Stephen Mangold and Stuart Ross

Course playability is what every golfer dies for. High-performing greens, visual appeal and tee positioning that accommodates varying abilities, are among some of the key considerations that every golfer puts on their priority list. However, achieving and maintaining those attributes is a full-time job requiring agronomic expertise, experience, and a well-trained crew.

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Polaris Ranger 570 for 2019 Cape Epic medical backup

Ahead of the Cape Epic, Smith Power Equipment’s dealer, Maverick Motorsport, supplied a customised Polaris Ranger 570 to Mediclinic Southern Africa to help with medical backup during the most televised mountain bike race in the world.

A day before the 2019 Absa Cape Epic, the largest full-service mountain bike stage race in the world, Mediclinic Southern Africa took delivery of its Polaris Ranger 570 side-by-side from Maverick Motorsport. This year’s race took place from March 17-24. Leon Laing, owner of Maverick Motorsport, explains that as the top Polaris dealer in South Africa over the last seven years proved its mettle by getting the vehicle ready with all the modifications the client wanted in a very short space of time.

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Goeie nuus vir boere: Kubota brei wyd uit

‘n Nuwe reeks oranje trekkers het boere vanjaar op die Kubotastandplaas by NAMPO begroet, langs die bekende reeks ratse Kubota boorden wingerd-trekkers met hulle groter
broers, soos die nuwe M7172 hierbo, en veelsydige ruweterreintoerusting.

Internasionale samewerking tussen Indië, Suid-Afrika, Japan en Nederland op sy beste met Nishant Bindra, Summant Khanna, en Vijay Gupta van Escorts voor en langs die trekker. Op die trekker is Tom Bloom van Smith Power, Arjan Mulder van Royal Reesink en Rajiv Wahi van Escorts.
Internasionale samewerking tussen Indië, Suid-Afrika, Japan en Nederland op sy beste met Nishant Bindra, Summant Khanna, en Vijay Gupta van Escorts voor en langs die trekker. Op die trekker is Tom Bloom van Smith Power, Arjan Mulder van Royal Reesink en Rajiv Wahi van Escorts.

Die nuwe reeks spruit uit ’n gesamentlike onderneming tussen Kubota van Japan en Escorts van Indië. Kubota sal saam met Escorts trekkers ontwikkel en vervaardig vir die groeiende mark in Indië en wêreldwye uitvoer na lande soos Suid-Afrika.

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Escorts-Kubota JV good news for the utility tractor market

In a multi-faceted joint venture, Japan’s leading tractor manufacturer, Kubota Corporation, will jointly develop and manufacture utility tractors with Escorts Limited of India. The two companies will jointly sell the range in India, while Kubota will export to selected international markets, including South Africa.

Ahead of NAMPO 2019 – to be held between 14 and 17 May at Bothaville in the Free State – local farmers will be glad to know that Smith Power Equipment will soon be adding a new utility tractor brand to be jointly developed and manufactured by Kubota and Escorts in India.

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Preventative maintenance: the key to sustainability

The significance of preventative maintenance in the capital equipment equation cannot be reiterated enough. Benefits abound and include operator and machine safety, machine efficiency and time savings, among others. All these point towards one direction – optimal total cost of ownership (TCO).

Eugene Brown
Eugene Brown (Service Manager at Smith Power)

One of the key drivers in the TCO calculation is the frequency and costs associated with unplanned maintenance, or as everyone experiences it, breakdowns. Modern equipment is becoming increasingly complex, and with this increase in complexity, comes increased risks associated with breakdowns.

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Linhai T-Boss 410 – A Lekker Little Workhorse

T-Boss 410: This is Linhai’s replacement for the venerable Rebel of which hundreds have been sold into the South African market. Experience has taught that Linhai is a pretty decent, well-established brand with a strong presence in SA and excellent parts and service backup. We took one for a trundle.

Linhai T-Boss 410 Backview
Linhai T-Boss 410 Backview

Guys, this unit is sold – please take it easy!” . That was the directive from Smith mining, the importers of this brand. So we did and we used it for its intended purpose with a lil ride from our offices into the surrounding farmlands.

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Kubota U15 Digging into greater efficiencies

Kubota: GDM Plumbing & Projects (GDM) was established by brothers David and Gareth Buirski in August 2012, when they saw the opportunity for reliable plumbers committed to delivering projects on time and hassle-free.

Matt Buirski
Matt Buirski Director of GDM

Operating in the greater Gauteng Area, the company specialises in plumbing –including water, sewer and stormwater lines; mainly trench excavations. With a focus on providing clients with quick and professional services, no matter what their plumbing and drainage requirements, GDM completes all work according to national and local bylaws.

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Madikwe Berry: Die beste bloubessies kies die beste oranje trekkers

Diep in die bos en na baie kilometer se grondpad na die Botswana-grens kry jy Madikwe Berry – ՚n nuwe ontwikkeling in die Dwaalboom-omgewing wat binnekort 50 hektaar bloubessies in tonnels gaan hê. Die projek is op 1 Mei 2017 afgeskop en daar is reeds 20 hektaar se rye en rye sakkies wat wag op die eerste oes in Augustus.

Francois Kriel with his kubota
Francois Kriel with his kubota

Francois Kriel is die projekbestuurder en een van sy eerste take was om ՚n geskikte trekker te kies waarmee met hierdie sensitiewe nisproduk geboer kan word.

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