All posts by robertk@smithpower.co.za

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

Hermanus keeps standards high with SPE supplied equipment

As part of its routine fleet replacement programme, Hermanus Golf Club has acquired a total of seven machines from Smith Power Equipment, a South African importer and distributor of leading global specialist machinery, turf maintenance equipment and off-road vehicles.

Hermanus Toro and Kubota Equipment
Hermanus Toro and Kubota Equipment

With its unparalleled scenic beauty, modern infrastructure, upmarket shops and endless adventure options, it’s little wonder that Hermanus, a seaside town southeast of Cape Town, has grown in size and popularity during the last decade.

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Kubota tractors sweeten production at Sierra Citrus

Two Kubota M8540 standard open-station tractors recently supplied to Sierra Citrus in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, are working beyond the owner’s expectations, helping ease the space constraints and increase overall production at the orange farm. 

Two Kubota M8540 standard tractors
Two Kubota M8540 standard tractors

In September 2017, Sierra Citrus took delivery of two Kubota M8540 standard open-station tractors from Rudamans Nelspruit, a leading supplier of forestry, gardening and agricultural equipment, and also the Nelspruit-based authorised distributor for Smith Power Equipment, the sole importer of the Kubota range of equipment in South Africa.

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Verti-Drain does holy work at Langebaan

Verti-Drain: During the aeration or hollow tining season all golfers will tell you how much they respect those machines that do the job, but still leave the fairways and greens playable.

Verti-Drain powered by a Kubota Tractor L5040
Verti-Drain powered by a Kubota Tractor L5040

Not inconveniencing our members is the Holy Grail in golf course management and our Redexim Verti-Drain 7212 machine is the answer to our prayers,” says Langebaan Country Estate’s (LCE) golf course superintendent Klaas van Eyssen. “It enables us to achieve deep and effective tine aeration without interrupting play.

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Bosch Hoek and Club Car as good as you get.

There is a lovely golf course that is situated in the KZN Midlands. Its fairways and greens are grass covered and rolling and are lovely beyond the singing of it (apologies Alan Paton). These belong to the Bosch Hoek Golf Club, one of South Africa’s hidden golfing gems.

Club Car Precedent i2
Club Car Precedent i2

All those attached to Bosch Hoek say it is “as good as you get” and anyone who has experienced its beauty, the hospitality of its staff and the warm, friendly and professional atmosphere of the club cannot but agree. In short, it’s a first class operation run by people who care!

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Pearl Valley, fit for golf pros thanks to TORO Hover PROs

Situated in the picturesque Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, Pearl Valley is one of the most professionally run golf facilities in the country. The superb layout and the consistently excellent course condition is good enough for any pro playing the game!

To maintain this condition Pearl Valley uses many TORO products including greens and fairway mowers, bunker rakes and TORO HoverPRO 500 lawnmowers of which they recently purchased four units.

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Transfrig Thirty Years using Kubota engines and still cool!

When it comes to keeping things cool, Transfrig is one of the most reliable in Africa! For almost 40 years this leading supplier of transport refrigeration equipment has offered world class refrigeration equipment along with outstanding after sales service to a wide range of customers.

Transfrig director Bill Wilson alongside Kubota engine being assembled in truck refrigeration unit
Transfrig director Bill Wilson alongside Kubota engine being assembled in truck refrigeration unit

Having started in South Africa they have expanded into many other countries in Africa and also Australia, the Middle East, China and Hong Kong – and, for the last 30 years, Tranfrig has used nothing but Kubota engines to power its refrigeration units of all sizes.

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Só arbei Kubota op aarbeiplaas

Mike Miller en sy seun, Mark, van die Redberry-aarbeiplaas net buite George, het so ses jaar gelede half langtand gebyt aan die gedagte om die L39-trekker-laaigraaf-trugrawer (TLB) van Kubota aan te koop, want hulle het gedink hulle sal dit net af en toe kan gebruik.

Die L39 reik ver en grawe diep. Dit kan as ’n gewone trekker ook gebruik word, maar wie wil nou? Daar is genoeg werk op Redberry vir hom!
Die L39 reik ver en grawe diep. Dit kan as ’n
gewone trekker ook gebruik word, maar wie
wil nou? Daar is genoeg werk op Redberry vir
hom!

Iando Minnie van Carlu Trekkers vertel dat die Millers se doel was om die masjien as gewone trekker in te span en dan net die arms te haak as daar grouwerk gedoen moet word. Hy sê na so ’n jaar se daaglikse gebruik het Mike hom gebel om te sê hy moet hulle net weer een of ander tyd kom wys hoe om die arms af te haal!

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2Hire – Kubota L45 a natural choice

In a capital investment decision the owner terms a ‘natural choice’, 2Hire, a Western Cape-based plant hire company, has taken delivery of a new Kubota L45 TLB from Carlu Trekkers, the authorised distributor of Smith Power Equipment, the sole importer of the Kubota range of equipment in South Africa. 

2Hire with the Kubota TLB L45 - 45HP
2Hire with the Kubota TLB L45 – 45HP

The downside of unreliable plant hire equipment is two-way. For the end-user, unplanned downtime translates into project delays, while for the plant hire company, faulty gear is tantamount to channelling both potential profits and reputation down the drain.

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Kubota U50 plus agricultural nets equals increased bottom line

When PlusNet’s Chris Vermeulen was introduced to the Kubota U50 mini-excavators at Smith Power Equipment’s (SPE) Nampo 2017 stand, it did not take long for him to make up his mind. “I was immediately impressed with their power to size ratio, their maneuverability in tight spaces and their range of features which promoted efficiency. So we bought three units with attachments including augurs, breakers and standard buckets.

“One of the most impressive features of this machine is the superb matching performance of every front attachment which contributes to the smooth and efficient overall operation,” Vermeulen says.

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Calmax thumbs-up for Kubota M130X … reports a fuel saving of more than R130 000 per annum

Well-known Hartswater dairy farm, Calmax Farming, has reported a fuel saving of more than R130 000 per annum since changing from a well-known tractor brand to the Kubota M130X. Calmax manager, Ulli Nauhaus says that the change would have been worth it for the fuel savings alone.

Dirk venter and Callie Wolhuter
Dirk venter and Callie Wolhuter

“This fuel efficiency is a real bonus but if you also take into account the added reliability of these tractors and the world class service we get from Danilou Agri, the overall package has been a huge advantage,” he says.

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