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.
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.
Fruitways; a specialist producer and marketer of fruits such as apples and pears and are based in the popular farming region of the Western Cape. Although Fruitways is a relatively new company, it was born from many years of successful business and is a collaboration primarily between the Moodie Family and the Molteno Brothers Charitable Trust. Fruitways have become leaders in adopting advanced technologies and techniques in not only production but packaging and storage as well.
And what better way to make advancements in the production of some of South Africa’s widely consumed fruits than to add seven new Kubota M7040 Narrow tractors to their already existing fleet of almost forty Kubota units.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.