Category Archives: Polaris – Side-by-sides and ATV

Polaris – Side-by-sides and ATV (Quad Bikes)

Serengeti Changes to Polaris

Serengeti Golf & Wildlife Estate in Kempton Park, Gauteng, is a completely self-contained ‘city’ with everything inside its perimeter that discerning home-owners and their families could desire – including, most importantly perhaps, security!

Omega Security Guards
Omega Security Guards

Serengeti Risk Manager, Omega Security’s Jackie Viljoen, who recently decided to change from another utility vehicle to Polaris for his patrol staff, says that safety and security is of the highest priority on the estate.

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Maverick Polaris Ranger Solutions from Maverick

Go to the dictionary and look up the word ‘maverick’. You’ll see that it means, among other things, free-spirited, trendsetter, original. Well these words couldn’t be more appropriate when describing Leon Laing and the entire Maverick Motorsport team from Strand in the Western Cape.

Gun Storage
Gun Storage

To make the successful modifications that they have made to various Polaris Ranger Utility Vehicle (UTV) units in line with their customers’ requirements, one needs a ‘maverick’ spirit. “That’s always been our approach,” says Laing. “Whatever the customer needs, we’ll make a plan that is completely professionally executed.

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Quad bikes and side-by-side vehicles used for rough terrains

Owing to the improved gearboxes and motors in the new Linhai and Polaris ranges of quad bikes and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) Rangers, engine and gearbox services for both are required only after 100 hrs of use as opposed to the run in time service of 50 hrs.

Being distributed in South Africa through equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment (SPE), the quads and the ATV rangers are used for robust tasks, such as working in off-road conditions that can be muddy, uneven or traversing up and down hills, explains SPE Polaris and Linhai product range national sales manager Mark Chittenden.

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Agriculture important for economic growth

The continued economic growth of agricultural exhibition Nampo Harvest Day, in the Free State, reflects the importance of agriculture to the economic growth of South Africa, says equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment (SPE) Polaris and Linhai product range national sales manager Mark Chittenden.

Mark Chittenden - National Sales Manager for Polaris and Linhai
Mark Chittenden – National Sales Manager for Polaris and Linhai

Having attended the show for the past 16 years, he notes that every year, SPE showcases new products at the show in order to reach a broader customer base. “This year, we will be relaunching the Linhai range as some of the products have been revised. We will also have new models on our Polaris stand as well as have a new tractor from equipment manufacturer Kubota and the 8 t KX080-3 Kubota excavator.

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Smith Power at NAMPO 2017

[Johannesburg, 24 March 2017]: Smith Power Equipment (SPE), South African importers and distributors of leading global specialist machinery, turf maintenance equipment and off-road vehicles, will be attending Grain SA’s NAMPO Agricultural Trade Show taking place in Bothaville in the Free State from 16-19 May 2017.

Kubota B Series Tractor at NAMPO. Kubota Stand 139
Kubota B Series Tractor at NAMPO. Kubota Stand 139

Attracting close to 77 000 visitors each year, NAMPO is the largest agricultural trade show in the southern hemisphere. As such, Smith Power Equipment (SPE) finds great value in attending this event and will have a presence at the show this year as it has for the past 16 consecutive years. Continue reading Smith Power at NAMPO 2017

We test the Polaris 1000 Turbo RZR.

Hold on Boysssss! We test the Polaris 1000 Turbo RZR. – Dirt and  Trail

Like… as if Polaris’ 800 was not fast enough, they introduced the fantastic RZR 900. Then – like as if THAT was not fast enough, they introduced the 1000. Then – like as if THAT was not fast enough, they changed the whole bloody thing and bolted on a turbo

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Polaris Ranger Power at Deelkraal Wildlife Reserve

Deelkraal Wildlife Reserve, a stunning Waterberg home to a large and diverse population of wildlife, including Buffalo and the rare Sable, Roan and Tsessebe antelopes, has acquired Polaris Ranger utility side X side vehicles for various operations on the farm.

Polaris 570 Crew
Polaris 570 Crew

The new vehicles are a Polaris Ranger 570 Crew and a Ranger 900 and join the fleet of other Smith Power Equipment (SPE)-distributed vehicles including: a Linhai 260 XL, a Polaris Sportsman 800 EFI and a Polaris Sportsman 300.

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Polaris Ranger: The only machine for this game.

When renowned game farmer Johan van der Merwe tells you that a Polaris Utility vehicle is the only vehicle that can do the job of chasing down a darted animal through the roughest of terrains in the quickest time, you had better believe him!

Johan, Wild Life Ranching South Africa’s Game Farmer of the Year in 2012, is not only one of the leading game farmers in the world, but was also, prior to becoming a full-time farmer, one of the leading road builders in the country. “Building roads and game farming have one important thing in common – the essential requirement to use of the right machinery for the job,” he says, “and in the game farming business there is absolutely nothing that can do the job like my Polaris Ranger Utility vehicles. Not even a military vehicle could do what these machines do for me and certainly not at the speed we require.

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Kruger National Park Gets Polaris Ranger for Patrol

The patrolling of the Kruger National Park (KNP)’s terrain keeps evolving as the Ranger Corps received 10 quad vehicles; as part of the ‘ground mobility’ capacity and support in the anti-poaching operations inside the Park today, 14 September 2015. Funding for six of the quad vehicles was made possible through the US based Howard G Buffet Foundation (HGBF).

We continue to be invaded by well-equipped poachers that aim to illegally capitalize on our rhino on daily basis. For as long as this scourge continues at the rate it is on at the moment, we need to continuously equip our Rangers with the latest field equipment available; including the all-terrain vehicles such as these to enhance their effectiveness,” said KNP’s GM: Communications and Marketing, William Mabasa
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Super Size – Polaris 570 Full Size… with RSA additions.

When it comes to utility side by sides, you have to admire Polaris. There are other players in this field, but they don’t seem to be too bothered with marketing and promoting their product. Good for Polaris because they hold a firm market share in this category.

Polaris Ranger 570 with Game Viewer Kit
Polaris Ranger 570 with Game Viewer Kit

We featured the Mid size 2 seater machine a couple of issues back, so no- you are not seeing things – and no, this is not a repeat. The mid-size is better suited to tighter trailer and farming application like vinyards or orchards, and the full size is better suited to carrying bigger loads on wider trails. This is the full size 570 and we decided to take it doe a spin to see whether the Pro Star 570 mill is as good in the full sized chassis as it is in a slightly smaller unit.

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