All posts by robertk@smithpower.co.za

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

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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L-Series: Easier, better and faster

Kubota’s new L-series of compact tractors, with their simplified operation and smoother performance, enables a farmer to be more productive as well as more comfortable. The tractors also offer improved fuel efficiency, thanks to greater air flow into the combustion chamber.

The Kubota L1361, which is part of the company’s new L-Series tractors, is the only tractor in the series fitted with a 27kW engine.
The Kubota L1361, which is part of the company’s new L-Series tractors, is the only tractor in the series fitted with a 27kW engine.

Kubota is taking compact tractors to an entirely new level with its new L-Series, which features the L1361, L1421 and L1421 HST.

The series represents not only a performance enhancement, but refreshed design that increases visibility and allows jobs to be done more easily, better and faster than with standard models,” says Dieter Bergmann, national sales manager of Kubota in South Africa.

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Gough Island – Kuboa U15 excavators fit the bill for restoration project

Smith Power Equipment has supplied two Kubota U15-3 excavators to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds for use on the Gough Island Restoration Programme. The U15-3 was chosen for its compact build – both for transportation and working purposes – yet it punches above its weight with a strong performance.

The machines were bolted to galvanised steel I_beams with a lifting point in each corner to allow them to be hooked up to the helicopter
The machines were bolted to galvanised steel I_beams with a lifting point in each corner to allow them to be hooked up to the helicopter

For its Gough Island Restoration Programme – which will endeavour to eradicate the invasive house mice from Gough Island in 2020 – the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), a UK-based conversation organisation, specifically opted for two Kubota U15-3 excavators.

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Smith Power builds a total materials handling solution

Following the acquisition of exclusive importation and distribution rights for AUSA and Baoli, Smith Power Equipment has become a go-to supplier of all things materials handling.

Baoli KBD35+ 3.5T Diesel Forklift
Baoli KBD35+ 3.5T Diesel Forklift

Baoli KBE 25 Lowered Mast with a wide range of products and services under one roof, Smith Power Equipment has over the years redefined the one-stop shop model when it comes to the provision of application-specific equipment solutions specially adapted to suit an array of applications in an array of industries. One industry that has benefitted from this approach is the materials handling sector.

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M7 A new flagship tractor for Kubota in SA

Visitors at Nampo Cape 2019, which took place from 4 to 6 September in Bredasdorp, had the opportunity to see the most powerful tractor in the Kubota range available on the South African market, the powerful M7-172. Denene Erasmus and Jeandré van der Walt reports.

Dieter Bergmann (left), Kubota national sales manager and Tom Bloom, Director of agriculture at Smith Power Equipment, with the Kubota M7-172 Premium KVT at Nampo Cape in Bredasdorp.
Dieter Bergmann (left), Kubota national sales manager and Tom Bloom, Director of agriculture at Smith Power Equipment, with the Kubota M7-172 Premium KVT at Nampo Cape in Bredasdorp.

The past year has been one of many highlights for the Japanese headquartered Kubota Corporation. The company announced the launch of its most powerful tractors yet produced. Farmer’s Weekly reported in August (FW, 23 August) that Kubota previewed the M8 Series for its North America market at the end of July.

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JetSport: Smith Power appoints Bloemfontein dealer JetSport

As part of its drive to better serve its customers across all regions, Smith Power Equipment, an importer and distributor of leading global agricultural machinery, turf equipment and off-road vehicles, has appointed Jetsport as the new dealer for its Linhai and Polaris ranges of off-road vehicles in Bloemfontein.

Leander Pienaar on new Sportsman from Polaris
Leander Pienaar on new Sportsman from Polaris

Effective July 1 this year, Jet Sport is now the authorised dealer of the Linhai and Polaris ranges of off-road vehicles in Bloemfontein, the capital of the Free State province in South Africa. The company, which also offers trail rides and day outrides, will supply the full range of both Polaris and Linhai all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and sides-by-sides.

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Why Kubota are the leaders in vineyard and orchard tractors

Kubota South Africa is committed to working with its customers to adapt to industry trends. One market it has specifically focused on is orchards, with a range of open-station and cab narrow tractors.

Kubota has invested in a drive to make improvements in its aftersales offering and product range. Its South African distributors, Smith Power Equipment, has worked closely with the company to develop tractors to suit South African conditions.

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Baoli electric forklift for Heneways

Heneways, one of the leading freight management and logistics operators in South Africa, has taken delivery of the Baoli KBE 25 electric forklift from Smith Power Equipment, a South African importation and distribution company representing leading global equipment brands.

Paul Hulley and Thami Mavuso
Paul Hulley (Henneways) and Thami Mavuso (Smith Power Equipment)

 For internal warehouse usage to handle food grade products in its facility, Heneways went into the market for an electric forklift. Paul Hulley, Warehouse & Distribution Manager at Heneways, says the KBE 25 ticked all the right boxes for the freight management company. However, its competitive pricing against other brands in the local market, complemented by the aftermarket support reputation of Smith Power Equipment, largely influenced the buying decision.

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Toro Keeping standards high at Houghton Golf Club

Toro Houghton Golf Club is deemed one of South Africa’s premier golfing venues. To keep standards high, a meticulous turf maintenance regime ensures the course’s unmatched aesthetic appeal and overall playability. To be able to achieve these maintenance goals, the green-keeping team has standardised its fleet on Smith Power Equipment-supplied Toro machines in recent years with great results.

Stephen Mangold and Stuart Ross
Stephen Mangold and Stuart Ross

Course playability is what every golfer dies for. High-performing greens, visual appeal and tee positioning that accommodates varying abilities, are among some of the key considerations that every golfer puts on their priority list. However, achieving and maintaining those attributes is a full-time job requiring agronomic expertise, experience, and a well-trained crew.

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Polaris Ranger 570 for 2019 Cape Epic medical backup

Ahead of the Cape Epic, Smith Power Equipment’s dealer, Maverick Motorsport, supplied a customised Polaris Ranger 570 to Mediclinic Southern Africa to help with medical backup during the most televised mountain bike race in the world.

A day before the 2019 Absa Cape Epic, the largest full-service mountain bike stage race in the world, Mediclinic Southern Africa took delivery of its Polaris Ranger 570 side-by-side from Maverick Motorsport. This year’s race took place from March 17-24. Leon Laing, owner of Maverick Motorsport, explains that as the top Polaris dealer in South Africa over the last seven years proved its mettle by getting the vehicle ready with all the modifications the client wanted in a very short space of time.

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