Die ratse klein oranje trekkertjie, Kubota, is lank nie meer ‘n nuutjie in Suid-Afrika nie. En dit is nie net in die vrugteboorde van die Wes-Kaap waar dié trekker ‘n bekende gesig is nie. Jy loop hom deesdae ook dikwels raak tussen die suikerrietplantasies van KwaZulu-Natal en in die groentelande van Limpopo.
Kubota se kleiner modelle is veral gewild onder vrugteboere in die Wes-Kaap omdat die trekker besonder skerp kan draai. Dit spaar tyd. Kubota se brandstofverbruik is ook besonder doeltreffend en boere kan tot 20% op brandstof teenoor ander trekkers bespaar as hulle hulle storie ken, sê Robert Keir, bemarkingsbestuurder van Kubota Suid-Afrika. “Ons spog met Japannese meganiese vernuf.
Every year The Toro Company evaluates each of the company’s many worldwide distributors on performance, business health, customer care and customer service. Only the very best are considered for to be worthy of consideration of the main award, and the eventual winners can consider themselves to be on top of their games.
Smith Turf, a division of Smith Power, was awarded with Toro’s prestigious Distributor of Excellence Award, the second time that the South African company has been deemed worthy of this honour. Toro’s Distributor of Excellence Award was first introduced in 1984, to recognise the highest performers among the company’s distributors. The giant manufacturer of turf maintenance equipment has approximately 50 distributors in the US, and 100 international distributors spread over 90 countries.
Magalies Park’s William van Mierlo has recently made a substantial addition to his fleet of Toro maintenance machines, as well as adding to his utility vehicles which were purchased from Smith Turf.
Magalies Park Golf Club is one of the more successful golf operations, with a large membership and a sizeable number of visitor rounds. William van Mierlo, the club manager who began his career in golf as a course superintendent, doesn’t think twice when it comes to deciding which course maintenance equipment to purchase.
Steve Jobs said; “Great things in business are never accomplished alone, they are accomplished as a team.” Never truer a word could be said about the relationship between Kubota, one of the world’s leaders in tractors and other farming equipment, and global tyre giant Trelleborg.
“This is especially so in South Africa,” says Louw Joubert Product Manager Trelleborg South Africa. ”We have worked with Kubota for at least 18 years now and we have seen the brand grow enormously under the management of Smith Power Equipment who are the distributors of Kubota in Southern Africa.”
“Die swakste skakel in ’n trekker is die koppelaar en vooras.” Dit is die mening van Deon Engelke, die produkbestuurder van Smith Power wat Kubota-produkte invoer. “Ek is al 35 jaar in die trekkerbedryf en sê altyd vir kliënte, my werkswinkel sou altyd leeg gestaan het, as dit nie daarvoor was nie…”
“Ons moet onthou dat enjins, ratkaste en ewenaars ook breek, maar baie minder gereeld. Tweedens is daar niks fout met die beginsel van ’n koppelaar nie, maar onopgeleide operateurs laat die koppelaar maklik brand, veral as die trekker verkeerd aangewend word.”
The tractor-loader-backhoe (TLB) market in southern Africa, as it is popularly known locally, is a lucrative, but seemingly over traded market with several brands vying for a share of the market.
Smith Power Equipment, or SPE, the South African distributor for Kubota, believes that in the new Kubota L45 TLB, it offers a solution that sets it apart from the competition. Greg Bergmann, operations manager at SPE, tells Plant Equipment & Hire that the L45 is a niche machine in every sense of the word, and its several innovative features separate it from the rest of the competition.