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

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

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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Finance Creativity and Service Often the Tipping Point in Agri Market… …customers can pay when they have the cash!

Smith Power Equipment (SPE) specialises in high-ticket capital equipment for farmers that includes tractors, quad bikes, generators, forklifts, golf utility vehicles and golf carts and according to SPE communications officer, Robert Keir, the importance of creative financial solutions and good service from the finance house in closing the deal is often underestimated.

Merchant West Team: (left to Right) Vic Viljoen – Director Commercial Asset Finance; Wendy Wilson – Sales Support; Tinus de Wet – New Business Acquisition, Agriculture; Chantel Humpel – Group Marketing and Client Retention Manager
Merchant West Team: (left to Right) Vic Viljoen – Director Commercial Asset Finance; Wendy Wilson – Sales Support; Tinus de Wet – New Business Acquisition, Agriculture; Chantel Humpel – Group Marketing and Client Retention Manager

I have seen the power of creative financial solutions from Merchant West time and again. Today one has to accept that there is basic product parity in the market and the so-called extraneous factors like service and financial solutions that fit the customers’ needs are most often the factors the ultimately make or break the deal. In this regard we owe Merchant West a significant debt of gratitude,” says Keir.

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PRODUCT OFFERING FROM SMITH POWER EQUIPMENT

Kipor 20SS3 diesel generatorsilence is golden

The amazing low-noise quality of the Kipor 20SS3 diesel generator has made it a hit for farmers throughout South Africa.

KDE 20SS3
KDE 20SS3

Silence is golden in most environments where generators are required and the Kipor 20SS3’s sound attenuation canopy, which features a flame-proof, heat-resistant, rock wool sound insulation, provides truly remarkable noise retention.

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Addo’s new wheels against poaching

Addo Elephant National Park’s fight against rhino poaching was stepped up a notch recently when it took ownership of a Polaris all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and a specially designed “rhino” trailer for use in the field.

This was thanks to a financial injection from the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet fundraising programme’s MyPlanet Rhino Fund (administered by the Endangered Wildlife Trust) for the ATV and the Rhino Action Group Effort (RAGE) and TW Steel’s donation of one of only four-of-its-kind trailers.

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Leave it to the Ranger

The Polaris Ranger 570 EFI – Story Clive Strugnell Pic Foley Snr and Jnr.

The best thing to come out of World War 2 for American farmers was the famous Willys Jeep. Thousands of men in the allied forces relied on this famous utility vehicle whilst serving their country on battlefields all over Europe, North Africa and Asia. The original Jeep was probably the most recognizable and useful vehicle in the World from 1935 until the 1950’s.

After the war American farmers realized the potential of the famous Jeep as a utility vehicle on their farms and bought Army surplus stock for as Little as $50 a Jeep! As it turned out the Lightweight, rugged little 4×4 continued service in its country in this capacity after the frantic sounds of battle were Long forgotten.

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Katay Racings Utility Crook Catcher

We were visiting mates at the very larney Eagle Canyon golf Estate North of JHB when we came across Albert, one of the estates security guys in this pimped out Polaris 570 Ranger. We got chatting to the man and found out that the guys from Katay Racing built the Ranger to the golf estates specifications.

Polaris 570 Ranger used for Security
Polaris 570 Ranger used for Security

The estate needs a machine that was more economical to run than their bakkies. They need a vehicle that has greater range and better performance than a golf cart. They also need a vehicle that is narrow enough to traverse the golf cart lanes and greens, without destroying them.

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Chris Wood –Polaris RZR Racer, Entrepreneur, Inspiration!

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October 2014

Chris Wood –Polaris RZR Racer, Entrepreneur, Inspiration!

A Polaris RZR racer, an 8-handicap golfer, the managing director of a well-known, highly successful iron ore mining company, father of three wonderful, successful children. This certainly paints a story of a successful man. And down-to-earth Chris Wood is just that – a successful man. But given that he has achieved all this with one arm makes his accomplishments, well, close to superhuman!

According to Chris the motorcycle accident which tore his body apart – crushed right arm which had to be amputated near the shoulder, both legs broken, knees smashed, ribs crushed, punctured lungs – was a massive, divinely inspired, wake-up call for him to get focused. He was just 21 years old at the time!

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Quads 4 Quads 2014 no ride in the park

Quads 4 Quads no ride in the park (But raising 700 grand for charity made it all very worthwhile)

October 16-17 Star Motoring.

Polaris Scrambler 850
Polaris Scrambler 850

OKAY, I’ll be the first to admit that perhaps I underestimated the Quads 4 Quads charity offroad event (that last word should really read challenge), when I signed up for what I thought would be a leisurely thousand kay cruise from Durbs up to Jozi over four days.

And I think it showed when I rocked up at the start – at the Cane
Cutters resort in Ballito – in my jeans, with my two-second pop-up
tent in one hand and my thermal jacket in the other. Event head-honcho Glenn Foley, from organisers Family Adventures, took one look at this and asked if I was actually aware that we had 1 000km to ride, to which I promptly asked: “When are were starting?”

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