The oranges at William Copeman’s Cradock farm ‘Rooiberg’, which he says have ‘revolutionised’ his business are not the fruit (he does not have orange trees) – they are his fleet of Kubota tractors!
“I changed from a well-known brand to Kubota about four years ago because of price and the wet plate clutch feature and I have never looked back. The general efficiency of these tractors and the backup service that I get from the Cradock Kubota dealer, Fatty’s Mechanical Repairs, has made a real difference to my operation,” says Copeman.
New Toro vacuum rake (Rake-O-Vac) beggars beleaf collects circa 100m³ of leaves per day at River Club.
The new Toro Rake-O-Vac vacuum rake is raking in compliments from all and sundry! Recently delivered to the prestigious River Club Golf Club in Sandton, Gauteng, it has, according to course manager Frikkie Potgieter “made a huge difference to the cleanliness of the course.”
“At this time of the year especially we have a problem with leaves as we have so many trees on the course. The Rake-O-vac easily collects 20 – 30 loads of leaves and other debris per day and the difference it makes to the condition of the course is huge,” he says.
Anybody who is in contracting knows about that recurring nightmare of not being able to get parts and service. “That’s what’s been happening to me,” says Quinton Minnaar owner of HQ Plumbing and HQ Plant, “and it can keep you up at night!”
So quiet and efficient are her Linhai ATV Rustler 260 quad bikes, iconic horsewoman, Michelle Mazurkiewicz, uses them side-by-side with the horses on her trails. “We have many situations where some members of a family want to go on our beautiful trails but for one reason or another do not want to do them on horseback. So instead of being left out they join the ride on a Linhai quad,” she says.
Michelle adds that the Linhai machines are perfectly suited for this activity. “They are easy to handle, they run quietly and are powerful enough to handle any terrain. Of course, our horses have got used to moving alongside these machines and we have never had any trouble,” she says.
The continued economic growth of agricultural exhibition Nampo Harvest Day, in the Free State, reflects the importance of agriculture to the economic growth of South Africa, says equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment (SPE) Polaris and Linhai product range national sales manager Mark Chittenden.
Having attended the show for the past 16 years, he notes that every year, SPE showcases new products at the show in order to reach a broader customer base. “This year, we will be relaunching the Linhai range as some of the products have been revised. We will also have new models on our Polaris stand as well as have a new tractor from equipment manufacturer Kubota and the 8 t KX080-3 Kubota excavator.”
Civil engineering company, Pipe Jack Gauteng (PJG), which is an important role player in the Pipe Jacking and Horizontal Boring Industry in South Africa reports that its Kubota U50 compact excavator is performing according to expectations in the pipe cracking and pipe laying contract for Rand Water Board.
“This particular job required a powerful excavator that was no more than 5-tons in weight. So, we bought the Kubota U-50 and its performance has been excellent,” says Morris Valente, CEO of Pipe Jack Gauteng.