Super Size – Polaris 570 Full Size… with RSA additions.

When it comes to utility side by sides, you have to admire Polaris. There are other players in this field, but they don’t seem to be too bothered with marketing and promoting their product. Good for Polaris because they hold a firm market share in this category.

Polaris Ranger 570 with Game Viewer Kit
Polaris Ranger 570 with Game Viewer Kit

We featured the Mid size 2 seater machine a couple of issues back, so no- you are not seeing things – and no, this is not a repeat. The mid-size is better suited to tighter trailer and farming application like vinyards or orchards, and the full size is better suited to carrying bigger loads on wider trails. This is the full size 570 and we decided to take it doe a spin to see whether the Pro Star 570 mill is as good in the full sized chassis as it is in a slightly smaller unit.

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Linhai UTV’s cut costs at Power Station

Two well-known contractors’ replacement of bakkies with Linhai Rebel 400 UTVs on one of South Africa’s newest Power Stations, has saved them up to 50% in costs including maintenance.

Linhai is distributed by Smith Power Equipment (SPE) in Southern Africa.

Linhai Rebel 400 at Power Station
Linhai Rebel 400 at Power Station

Eugene Swart, MD of Outdoor Motoring, one of SPE’s leading dealers, says that the units have been an unmitigated success in this application. “I suggested they take the Linhai Rebel 400 because it is an excellent and reliable product with reasonably priced parts. Also the site is a relatively easy one to negotiate and the Linhai 400 is ideal for these circumstances,” says Swart.

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TORO Still King at Bryanston Country Club

Bryanston Country Club (BCC) is not only one of the most beautiful and organised clubs in the country it is also one of the most successful. Today, while many golf courses are struggling because of diminishing rounds and the ever-increasing expenses required to run a golf course, BCC continues to prove it’s the exception.

Paul Leishman
Paul Leishman

Most agree that BCC’s manager, Paul Leishman (above), has a lot to do with it. When he arrived at BCC five years ago the club was making a minor loss. This year, his fifth year at the helm, the club will have made a profit of in excess of three million Rand before Capex.

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Finance Creativity and Service Often the Tipping Point in Agri Market… …customers can pay when they have the cash!

Smith Power Equipment (SPE) specialises in high-ticket capital equipment for farmers that includes tractors, quad bikes, generators, forklifts, golf utility vehicles and golf carts and according to SPE communications officer, Robert Keir, the importance of creative financial solutions and good service from the finance house in closing the deal is often underestimated.

Merchant West Team: (left to Right) Vic Viljoen – Director Commercial Asset Finance; Wendy Wilson – Sales Support; Tinus de Wet – New Business Acquisition, Agriculture; Chantel Humpel – Group Marketing and Client Retention Manager
Merchant West Team: (left to Right) Vic Viljoen – Director Commercial Asset Finance; Wendy Wilson – Sales Support; Tinus de Wet – New Business Acquisition, Agriculture; Chantel Humpel – Group Marketing and Client Retention Manager

I have seen the power of creative financial solutions from Merchant West time and again. Today one has to accept that there is basic product parity in the market and the so-called extraneous factors like service and financial solutions that fit the customers’ needs are most often the factors the ultimately make or break the deal. In this regard we owe Merchant West a significant debt of gratitude,” says Keir.

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Bela Bela replaces well-known tractors with Kubota

In the process of upgrading and expanding their vehicle fleet, Bela Bela Municipality replaced its current fleet of well-known tractors with 5 x Kubota M7040DTH units. Kubota is distributed in South Africa by Smith Power Equipment (SPE)

2x M7040 arrived at the Bela Bela
2x M7040 arrived at the Bela Bela

Bela Bela fleet manager Thomas Sithole says that the Municipality has owned competitive brands in the past and found that they had to start working on them all too soon. “When you’re putting time into repairing your tractor, you’re not putting time into getting your jobs done, plain and simple. We had always heard good things about Kubota’s reliability but when we experienced, first hand, their versatility, fuel efficiency and the excellent after sales service of The Lawnmower Shop, SPE’s dealer in Pretoria East, the deal was sealed.

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The Big Easy, Big Dave and Toro – a Big Success

The Els Club at Copperleaf is a big place – big in size, big in beauty, big in character and big in success. But this is not surprising as connected to this exciting golf development in Centurion near Pretoria are a number of really big names like Investec Bank; the ‘Big Easy’ Ernie Els – one of the great golfers of all time and South Africa’s most popular golfer; Toro and Club Car – amongst the famous brands in golf course equipment; and the man directing it all on a day-to-day basis Dave Usendorff – one of the legends of local golf.

Copperleaf Team
Copperleaf Team

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Kubota se nuwe modelle gaan boere se lewe makliker maak

Kubota het by NAMPO Oesdag twee nuwe modelle bekendgestel
wat beloof om boere se lewens aansienlik te vergemaklik.

B2650
B2650

Die B2650 is ‘n hidroustatiese trekker wat bemarkingsbestuurder, Deon Engelke, glo die toekoms van landbou in Suid-Afrika gaan verander. Dit is reeds ‘n groot gunsteling in lande soos Ierland. Die trekker word deur hidrolika aangedryf en het geen koppelaar of ratte nie. Die voordeel is dat daar nie ‘n beperking op die trekker se spoed is nie en dit kan dus teen enige spoed werk.

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