All posts by robertk@smithpower.co.za

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

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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Smith supplies two Baoli forklifts to Adlam Engineering

The ‘value for money’ nature of the Baoli forklift range has proved to be key in Adlam Engineering’s recent decision to purchase two Baoli KBD35+ 3,5 t diesel units from local supplier, Smith Power Equipment.

Delivery of Baoli Forklifts to Adlam Engineering
Delivery of Baoli Forklifts to Adlam Engineering

When it took the decision to go into the market for its materials handling equipment needs, Adlam Engineering looked no further than Baoli forklifts, a brand that has gained early traction in the South African market since its launch by Smith Power Equipment (SPE) in late 2018.

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E-Kubota Power and versatility at a price you can afford

Kubota has partnered with Escorts Ltd to produce the E-Kubota tractor range, which caters to all farmers, regardless of scale. These tractors are sure to find a ready market in South Africa.

e-Kubota EK 6075
e-Kubota EK 6075

ubota recently announced the introduction of its new E-Kubota value range of agricultural tractors in South Africa. The range will be sold exclusively through Kubota’s dealer network countrywide.

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New Linhai Electric Range from Smith Power Equipment

Smith Power Equipment has introduced a three-model range comprising of an electric quad bike and two side-by-sides from its principal, Linhai. With no diesel nor fumes, it is ideally suited for noise- and environmentally-sensitive areas.

Rustler eATV
Rustler eATV

Latest from Smith Power Equipment (SPE) is a range of electric utility vehicles from Linhai. The range includes the Linhai Rustler e-ATV 2×4 quad bike and two side-by-sides, the Linhai T-Boss e-UTV 2×4 and the Linhai T-Boss e-UTVX 2×4.

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Cutting weed control costs with SPE-supplied MANKAR ULV sprayers

At a time when farmers are battling input cost volatility that is largely outside of their control, the MANKAR ULV spraying systems are designed for economical weed control with minimum herbicide consumption – offering up to 80% herbicide savings.    

It is no secret that the farming industry is under significant pressure. In the short term, incessant droughts are squeezing cash flow, while a struggling economy is not doing farmers any favours. Added to that, weeds can have a devastating effect on the potential yield of crops. In fact, weeds are the farmer’s biggest enemy and are the single biggest threat to potential crop yield.

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TLB vs Compact Excavator

The backhoe loader, better known as the TLB in our local circles, has always been deemed the trusted ‘pick and shovel’ of the local construction industry, and continues to dig its way onto local sites. However, in line with global trends, the compact excavator is continuously digging for a sizeable share of the market as the move towards compact solutions on African sites continues to gain pace.

B26 TLB digging trenches
B26 TLB digging trenches

The ever-growing trend towards smaller construction equipment is at this point anchored by mature markets, where about 70% of total equipment sales are driven by compact ranges. In Africa, the opposite is true; 75-80% of machines sold are still heavy ranges. However, there is a gradual growth of smaller machines in Africa.

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