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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
“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.
[Johannesburg, 16 August 2017]:Tight working areas are the order of the day in Mburg Mini Plant’s line of work, and to prevail over space-constrained jobsites, the Western Cape-based company recently took delivery of a 3 t Kubota U30 mini-excavator from Smith Power Equipment (SPE), South African importers and distributors of leading global specialist machinery, turf maintenance equipment and off-road vehicles.
Mburg Mini Plant is a Cape Town-based, family-owned contractor that specialises in earthmoving, trenching, rock breaking and hole-drilling jobs, but its area of speciality is in space-constrained jobsites where big machines are often out of question.
Pietermaritzburg-based instant grass lawn supplier, Duzi Turf, says that Kubota has been an important part of their success. “The basic workhorse of this operation is our Kubota M8540 tractor and its power, versatility and reliability have been crucial to our ability to provide our customers a professional product and service,” says Adam Ashton, Duzi Turf operations manager.
He adds that the service Duzi Turf gets from Francois and the whole Valtrac team is exceptional. “When you rely on a machine for so much, it’s vital that the backup service is world class and I haven’t been disappointed in this regard,” Adam Ashton says.
The oranges at William Copeman’s Cradock farm ‘Rooiberg’, which he says have ‘revolutionised’ his business are not the fruit (he does not have orange trees) – they are his fleet of Kubota tractors!
“I changed from a well-known brand to Kubota about four years ago because of price and the wet plate clutch feature and I have never looked back. The general efficiency of these tractors and the backup service that I get from the Cradock Kubota dealer, Fatty’s Mechanical Repairs, has made a real difference to my operation,” says Copeman.