Paul Mannix and Errol Boulle

Ritchie Farm Equipment’s Customers Enriched by Kubota

Ritchie Farm Equipment’s Customers Enriched by Kubota

Ritchie Farm Equipment, part of KZN’s Ritchie Auto group, says that its Kubota customers are delighted with the overall performance of their tractors. “This is not surprising,” says Paul Mannix, Ritchie Farm Equipment dealer principle. “Kubota machines are exceptionally reliable and efficient and, importantly, the back-up service we get from Smith, including parts, is excellent,” he says.

Kubota Richie Auto - KZN
Kubota Richie Auto – KZN

Kubota is distributed in South Africa by Smith Power Equipment.

With branches in Richards Bay, Stanger and Empangeni, Ritchie, which has been in business since 1996, became a Kubota dealer in 2004. “It could be said that for a while we only dabbled in Kubota products focusing on its smaller machines. But with the introduction of the Kubota TLB range, a re-engineering of some of the larger tractors and a pricing restructuring by Smith, we were able to be more competitive – and very successful – with the larger Kubota machines,” Mannix says.

He adds that while his customers enjoy all the Kubota products, his biggest sellers are probably the M-series 8540 and 9540 tractors.

These are indeed popular the world over. Re-engineered, restyled and powered by Kubota’s world renowned Tier III compliant, 4 cylinder E-CDIS (centre direct injection system) diesel engines, the lightweight, short-wheelbase M40-series tractors appeal to the farmer, amenity professional and contractor alike. Boasting advanced transmission and PTO technology, a range of new features as standard and high performance hydraulics, the M40-Series is an exceptional new range, built on proven technology.

Some of the features that are unique to Kubota tractors include:

  • ENGINES – Kubota are world leaders in designing and selling Diesel engines up to 100hp.  The 3.3 and 3.8 lt., 4-cylinder  turbo-charged engines fitted in Kubota tractor ranges meet all the requirements of emission legislation around the world.

Kubota are recognised cutting-edge leaders in this field and ensure exceptional power output together with long life fuel- efficient, smooth and quiet operation.

  • STEERING – exceptionally small turning circles are possible by engaging on the run the Bi- Speed system which instantly engages an over-speed gear driving the front wheels at twice the normal speed. During speeds up to 8km/hr the Power Steering action is super easy.
  • BRAKING – very smooth and effective four-wheel braking action is automatically achieved in 2 or 4-wheel drives through wet-brake disc packs in the differential system. The hand brake features a pedal latch and conventional lever system.
  • GEARBOX – the transmission incorporates a 4-speed conventional all-syncromesh gear set with a 2-speed range option and an optional creeper-gear set. The driver selects the ground speed using a normal gear lever but Kubota engineers have added a system of wet plate clutches to engage the output shafts to the wheels and PTO systems. This eliminates the normal dry plate clutch and allows for the tractor to function much more effectively.  This is ground-breaking engineering not found in other makes of tractor.

Mannix says there is no doubt that the quality of the Kubota product and service has spurred the Ritchie team on to make an even more concerted effort in the agricultural sector. “We have an excellent relationship with the Kubota team and we look forward to even better sales next year,” he concluded.

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Paul Mannix and Errol Boulle
Paul Mannix and Errol Boulle

Contact Paul Mannix on 035 772 1164.

This article was featured on the ProAgri Website.

This article was featured in the HireSA – March 2015 edition.

This article was featured in the Capital Equipment – March 2015.

For more information about Kubota contact Smith Power on 011 284 2000

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