All posts by robertk@smithpower.co.za

Marketing Manager for Smith Power Equipment. Managed brands of Kubota, Polaris, Linhai, Kipor, ClubCar and Toro.

The New Linhai Rustler 300 2×4

The linhai range of quads is one of SA’s best selling rands. It is easy to nderstand why – they might be fairly basic, but they have proved to be reliable, reasonably priced and they have good parts and service backup. The 300cc 2×4 is their latest offering. Sean took a short ride and shares his thoughts…

What started out as a well priced entry level ATV many, many years ago with a 260cc 4 stroke engine and somewhat plain looks has become the stalwart of the market, particularly in the agriculture and entry level leisure sector. It is known for its “Kannie Dood Nie!” reliability, easy cheap maintenance and sensible fuel consumption. The earlier models were okay as far as suspension and comfort were concerned, but the new model we rode recently is significantly, much better.

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Constantia Uitsig welcomes Kubota to their vineyards

Nestled between the east-facing slopes of Constantiaberg and False Bay in what is known as the “Cradle of winemaking” you will find Constantia Uitsig; a vineyard that has a long and rich history that dates back to the mid-1600s as one of the first wine-producing estates in South Africa.

Constantia Uitsig - Danna De Jongh
Constantia Uitsig – Danna De Jongh

And what better way to celebrate this wine estates rich culture and growth than with the purchase of the new Kubota B1241 Tractor, the first addition to this established wine estates fleet.

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Krone Méthode Cap Classique adds orange to their Vineyard

Tulbagh, a town named after the Dutch Cape Colony Governor Ryk Tulbagh, is located in the Tulbagh mountain basin in the Winelands of the Western Cape. The town is known for its wine farms as well as its large farming community, and is home to Twee Jonge Gezellen Farm; producers of the well-known Krone Méthode Cap Classique.

Jogen Gesselen M8540 Narrow
Jogen Gesselen M8540 Narrow

The 300 year old farm was recently restored to reflect its heritage and contemporary renaissance in 2017. With that came the purchase of two Kubota M8540 Narrow tractors as well as a Kubota B1820 with a cutting deck.

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Belhambra Dairy adds a new L45 to their farm

Geelhout Boom is a small town near George in the Western Cape on the coastal stretch of the Garden Route. The town is most commonly known for its golf courses but also its farming community and is home to the Belhambra dairy farm.

Gregg Powell's new Kubota L45
Gregg Powell’s new Kubota L45

The farmlands are approximately 200 years old but was bought by Greg Powell – a civil engineer in 2001. The farm was developed from farming hops to a now fully-fledged dairy, producing approximately 200 000 litres of milk monthly.

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Kyalami Country Club takes delivery of its first Toro mower

As part of its replacement programme, Kyalami Country Club has taken delivery of a new Toro Reelmaster 3575-D mower from Smith Power Equipment, the first Toro machine to cut its way at this Top-30 golf course in South Africa.

When seeking to replace its existing fairway mower, Kyalami Country Club decided to go the Toro route for the first time.

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Kubota balers now in South Africa

Kubota’s BF 3255 RN and RNT fixed chamber balers are built to perform in the toughest conditions. The unique chamber design  guarantees good output of challenging crops, while the 17 ribbed rollers will ensure a high bale rotation speed for the best bale shape and capacity.

The Kubota factory has been building round balers since 1975 and the new BF 3255 range of balers, which has been designed to reduce the maintenance cost needed to keep a baler running in tough conditions, is the result of decades of experience.

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Grasslands Agriculture adds new E-Kubota range to its fleet

Cradock, a town located in the upper valley of the Great Fish River in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, is known for its large farming community, and is home to two of Grasslands Agriculture’s farms. Grasslands Agriculture owns a total of 16 farms, comprising over 16 000 dairy cows, producing about 96 million litres of milk per year.

eKubota with Slaher working in the feild
eKubota with Slaher working in the feild

The two farms in the Eastern Cape region –  Riverina and Heemstede – each have 1 150 milking cows, and approximately 134 hectares of silage units. The two farms are home to four Kubota M8540 units, which have recently been joined by a new addition to the fleet, a brand new E-Kubota 6075 Pro 4WD tractor.

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New fleet from Smith Power keeps standards high at Glendower

As part of its 10-year plan to annually renew its fleet, Glendower has taken delivery of a range of turf maintenance equipment from its preferred supplier, Smith Power Equipment. The new fleet will help keep standards high at one of South Africa’s premier golf club.

Reelmaster with operator with Mike Burnard and Stephen Mangold
Reelmaster with operator with Mike Burnard and Stephen Mangold

With a proud history dating back to 1937, Glendower today remains one of the premier golf courses in South Africa. The exquisitely designed parkland golf course has been ranked by Golf Digest among the top 10 courses in South Africa. Despite it being one of the most challenging golf courses, Glendower remains every professional’s dream course to play on.

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Toro equipment helps make SA Open a success at Randpark Club

Randpark Club recently hosted a successful SA Open tournament from January 9-12. Testimony to the playability of the two courses was the very low winning score of -21, as well as Brandon Stone’s compliment to the greenkeeping team for the “best” fairways he has played on in a while. Smith Power-supplied Toro machines played a significant role in keeping the turf in the best condition.    

Stephen Mangold and Roger Innes
Stephen Mangold and Roger Innes

Boasting what is deemed to be two of the best manicured courses in South Africa, as well as a separate mashie course, Randpark is one of the golf clubs in Johannesburg that has three courses. The two 18-hole manicured courses, Bushwillow and Firethorn offer golfers world-class playability.

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Baoli electric forklift for Pie City

To unload delivery trucks at its warehouse, Pie City recently purchased a Baoli electric forklift from Smith Power Equipment. The unit is a perfect fit for the food industry due to its electric motor, which produces no fumes. 

Baoli KBET18
Baoli KBET18 – 1.8T Electric  Forklift

Pie City stores specialise in the manufacturing and retailing of a variety of pies, pizzas and fruit juices. Electric has become the most preferred power source in the food industry as companies seek for a solution with no fumes to avoid contamination of food items.

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