Smith Power Equipment Company Profile

Smith Power Equipment, a division of Smith Mining Equipment (Pty) Ltd., is an import and distribution company representing world-wide leading brands in the specialist machinery, turf maintenance and off-road vehicle market. These products are distributed throughout South Africa by a comprehensive dealer network. Full after sales service, support and parts are provided for all our products.

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Getting the better of tight spaces

[Johannesburg, 6 September 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 U30-6 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. When recently faced with a decision to expand their mini-excavator fleet, owners Stephen Ebing and his son Jason, unanimously decided to purchase a 3 t Kubota U30-6 mini-excavator from Smith Power Equipment, the authorised distributor of the Kubota range of compact excavators in South Africa, through its Strand-based dealer, Kubota Western Cape.

Apart from Kubota’s track-record and build quality, a major feature behind Mburg Mini Plant’s buying decision was the Kubota U30-6’s compact size, which allows it to work in very tight spaces, but still offering high power performance to execute a range of jobs that normally call for larger conventional machines. Powered by a Kubota D1703-M-E3-BH-11 engine delivering 20,5 kW @ 2 200 rpm, the U30-6 punches above its weight with an impressive bucket breakout force of 30 kN, representing a whopping 113% increase compared with the previous model.

The compact size of the machine was a key prerequisite. With an overall length of only 4 530mm, overall height of 2 455mm and 1 550mm width, the U30-6 fits the bill for Mburg Mini Plant’s space-restricted line of work, and the ability to fit onto a standard trailer makes it easy to move the machine from site to site.

“With Kubota’s boom-swing technology, the machine allows for direct digging operation close to walls or buildings without the need to reposition it. Combined with Kubota’s zero tail swing function, which always keeps the tail of the excavator within track-width when swivelling, the machine is very suitable for operation in typical tight places we work in,” says Ebing.

The new unit was purchased specifically to work across a range of applications, including trenching, concrete demolition, grading and drilling. Consequently, versatility was right up on Ebing’s checklist as the machine had to offer greater flexibility to work with a range of attachments to execute the raft of duties at hand. “The U30-6 made the cut with its ability to handle all of our job requirements, considering that the machine combines superior power and outstanding versatility to tackle demanding jobs in a variety of conditions,” says Ebing.

When working with one-way hydraulic attachments, such as a breaker, the standard third-line hydraulic return system allows oil to flow directly back to the tank without running through the control valves. This contributes to less oil contamination, reduced back pressure and greater oil flow efficiency. According to Tom Bloom, general manager for Construction at SPE, the machine also comes with additional service ports for attaching hydraulic attachments to the excavator, further increasing versatility.

With fuel savings in mind, the Auto Idling system was another key attraction for Mburg Mini Plant. Idling time is one of the biggest wastes of fuel when it comes to construction equipment. Operators rev machines when they shouldn’t and let them idle when they could be shut off. With Kubota’s Auto Idling System, this is a non-issue. “When control levers are in neutral for more than four seconds, the engine automatically switches to idling mode. When the operator moves any control lever, engine rpm automatically returns. While this feature translates into reduced noise and emissions, especially in sensitive urban sites, a fuel saving of up to 10% is achievable,” says Bloom.
Mburg Mini Plant’s business is uptime-driven, and aftermarket support is always a crucial consideration when purchasing its tools of trade. “SPE and Kubota Western Cape have been supportive all the way and we have had no issues to date,” says Ebing. With its footprint of about 80 sub-dealers countrywide, SPE is well represented in all the major economic hubs of South Africa.
SPE now has over 100 Kubota compact excavators operating in the field. Bloom highlights that the local supplier has seen increased uptake of this gear since launching the first units in the local market in 2014. The supplier managed to double its sales in 2015, and even achieved significant sales growth in 2016 despite the challenging economic conditions on the back of a drought-hit agricultural sector, a construction industry that didn’t see the best of times and a mining sector in dire straits due to lower commodity prices.
“We have seen a strong interest in our Kubota mini-excavators. The U30 has been the popular choice, especially in the small plant hire, construction and agriculture sectors,” says Bloom. “In challenging economic conditions, cost-cutting is very important for fleet owners. A compact excavator’s major benefits over most conventional solutions include fuel economy, lower capital outlay, ease of transportation compared with bigger options, as well as versatility. We also see a lot of urban construction going on locally, and often in confined working environments, and this is where the compact excavator excels,” concludes Bloom.

About Smith Power Equipment

Smith Power Equipment (SPE), a division of Smith Mining Equipment (Pty) Ltd.,is an importation and distribution company representing leading global brands in the specialist machinery, turf maintenance and off-road vehicle market.

Distributed throughout South Africa by a comprehensive dealer network, these products come with full after sales service and support. Parts are provided for all SPE-distributed products.

Smith Power Equipment contact:
Tom Bloom
General Manager Kubota Construction Division
Tel: 011 284 2024
Email: tom@smithpower.co.za
Web: www.smithpower.co.za

Media contact:
Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications
Tel: 011 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za













PRESS RELEASE

FOUR KIPOR FORKLIFTS LIFT INTO ZIMBABWE

[Johannesburg, 24 August 2017]: Smith Power Equipment, the sole importer and distributor of the Kipor range of forklifts in South Africa, has supplied a total of four Kipor KDF 25 units to Cairns Foods, a major grocery and wine producer in Zimbabwe.

In today’s materials handling market, being a supplier that can address any problem statement optimally and service end users’ needs across board from a reliable product, through to aftermarket support, is more critical than ever. This was the basis on which Smith Power Equipment (SPE) recently won a nearly R1-million order to supply a total of four KDF 25 diesel forklifts to Cairns Foods of Zimbabwe.

Headquartered in the capital, Harare, and listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange’s industrial index, Cairns Foods is a major producer of a wide variety of groceries and wines. Cairns Foods is also a manufacturing giant in the agro-processing industry, with Cashel Valley tinned baked beans being its flagship product in this regard.

Despite the challenging trading environment in its native Zimbabwe, Cairns Foods recently increased its manufacturing capacity utilisation, and is envisaging to further reach an 80% capacity utilisation by 2018. Improving business conditions have also seen increased activity at the company’s distribution centres where any form of downtime is out of question. In its quest to maximise materials handling uptime at its busy distribution centres, Cairns Foods turned to SPE for four Kipor KDF25 diesel forklifts.

According to Sunee Heyns, Dealer Sales Manager for Kipor Forklifts at SPE, the KDF 25 was a perfect fit for the task at hand. With its three-stage container mast and a 4,5 metre lift height, complemented by side shift capabilities and rated load weight of 2 500 kg, the KDF 25 fit the bill for truck loading and offloading duties at hand. With Kipor’s understanding that a comfortable operator is a productive one, a suspended and movable seat, together with a tilt angle of steering column that can be adjusted freely, the KDF 25 has a special design focus on operator comfort, boding well for extended working hours.

With safety in mind, the KDF 25 also comes with a hoist cylinder at the rear of its mast, making the operation view wider. The rear lamps are installed on the unit’s top cover to further ensure safety. Heyns adds that the deal, which saw Cairns Foods taking delivery of its machines in May this year, hinged on several factors, ranging from product reliability, competitive pricing, to service and parts support. SPE ticked all the boxes with the Kipor forklift range that has proved itself in the local market, bolstered by the local equipment supplier’s strong aftermarket capabilities.

“Kipor is a cost-effective forklift solution for companies seeking a reliable, yet competitively priced product, especially considering the tight budgets often allocated for materials handling. Apart from the reliability of our Kipor product range and competitive pricing, superior service and support ability were also key in Cairns Foods’ decision to opt for SPE as its preferred forklift supplier,” concludes Heyns.

About Smith Power Equipment

Smith Power Equipment (SPE), a division of Smith Mining Equipment (Pty) Ltd.,is an importation and distribution company representing leading global brands in the specialist machinery, turf maintenance and off-road vehicle market.

Distributed throughout South Africa by a comprehensive dealer network, these products come with full after sales service and support. Parts are provided for all SPE-distributed products.

Smith Power Equipment contact:
Robert Keir
Marketing Manager
Tel: 011 284 2024
Email: robertk@smithpower.co.za
Web: www.smithpower.co.za

Media contact:
Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications
Tel: 011 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za







PRESS RELEASE

KZN DAIRY FARM REAPS REWARDS OF KUBOTA TRACTOR

[Johannesburg, 13 June 2017]: A dairy farmer in KwaZulu-Natal has invested in two Kubota tractors to improve on operational productivity. He is of the mind that returns on such an investment – of which he has already reaped many – should be viewed across the lifespan of the equipment.

Making a living from the agricultural sector in South Africa is not for the faint of heart, a fact that rings true for the dairy industry as well. Dairy farmer, Pierre Le Sueur believes this is mostly due to the milk-to-feed price ratio, an important profitability marker in this sector, and one that remains at very challenging levels in South Africa.

With profit margins tight and business dependent on a string of variables, it is prudent in this sector to keep a close eye on cost vs. value, which is why Le Sueur switched to Kubota tractors. “Everything counts and that is why, for example, three years ago, I changed from a well-known brand of tractor to Kubota tractors, which have proven to be extremely fuel-efficient and reliable, and play a significant part in protecting my bottom line,” says Le Sueur.

Kubota M9540

Le Sueur owns two Kubota M-Series 9540 tractors (both with cabs), which are re-imagined workhorses powered by Kubota’s world-renowned Tier III compliant, four-cylinder, 95 horsepower, turbo-charged E-CDIS (centre direct injection system) diesel engines, which offer the user extended durability, power and efficiency. Among Kubota’s best-selling tractors globally, the M9540 is a powerful piece of equipment made with heavy duty tasks in mind and comes with a hydraulic shuttle, Creep Speed and Autohitch for optimal operations.

The M9540 comes with an F18/R18 transmission, featuring six main gears as well as high, low and creep ranges, to stand up to the toughest working conditions. Forward and reverse are seamlessly linked, thanks to the hydraulic shuttle, and the column-mounted gear stick with left-hand operation makes changing gears easy. The bevel-gear front axle lends the machine better all-round manoeuvrability, making the Kubota M9540 especially adept at handling small spaces.

Hydraulic pumps are located on the side case of M-Series machines instead of the engine, which goes to shorten the travelling distance of the oil, thereby increasing efficiency, and the machine comes standard with a 540/540E hydraulic independent PTO for enhanced productivity.

Category I and II three-point tow bars make for quick and easy attachment of rear-mounted implements, and two external hydraulic cylinders offer equal lifting force and smooth transfer of hydraulic power.

A good cab is good for business

According to Kubota technical expert, Mike Heath, the importance of a cab on a tractor cannot be overstated, with the main areas of evaluation being safety, visibility, sound, climate control, control layout, operator space and air filtration.

“The cabs available on the various Kubota tractors, like Le Sueur’s M9540, have many important features that meet international farming safety standards,” says Heath, adding, “While operator safety and comfort are important from a labour ethics perspective – and more farmers should be taking this into account – it must be stressed that a poorly equipped cab is also bad for business.”

Heath notes, “Even though a world-class cab may be more expensive in terms of the initial outlay, the extra productivity gained through a safe, comfortable and happy operator outweighs this expense a hundred-fold over the lifetime of the tractor.” These sentiments are echoed by Le Sueur himself, who concludes, “It’s not the initial capital cost of tractors that counts, but rather the lifetime costs of ownership. So the productivity of the machine, its reliability, fuel efficiency, good service and more combine to save a lot of money over time and this is what I have found with Kubota.”

Le Sueur bought his M9540 tractors from Valtrac, Kubota dealers in KwaZulu-Natal and Smith Power Equipment Kubota dealers, and remarks on their superior service: “They go the extra mile making the total Kubota package a positive and hassle-free experience.”

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About Smith Power Equipment

Smith Power Equipment (SPE), a division of Smith Mining Equipment (Pty) Ltd.,is an importation and distribution company representing leading global brands in the specialist machinery, turf maintenance and off-road vehicle market.

Distributed throughout South Africa by a comprehensive dealer network, these products come with full after sales service and support. Parts are provided for all SPE-distributed products.

Smith Power Equipment contact:

Robert Keir
Marketing Manager
Tel: 011 284 2024
Email: robertk@smithpower.co.za
Web: www.smithpower.co.za

Media contact:

Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications
Tel: 011 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za





PRESS RELEASE

KUBOTA RTV-X900 DELIVERS DEEP UNDERGROUND

[Johannesburg, 29 May 2017]: With a rich founding history of gold and diamond mining, South Africa remains a leader in deep underground mining as well as safety in this arena, making the transfer of equipment and goods underground a task with little margin for error. Enter the Kubota RTV-X900.

While the tasks involved in a successful mining operation are manifold, one of these is being able to move equipment, technicians and supplies from the shafts to the rock face; everything inside these tunnels must be brought from the surface. Due to the layout of a deep level mine, which could include many hundreds of kilometres of tunneling fanning out from the shafts and leading to the surface, this transfer is hugely complex and potentially very hazardous.

In years past, the task of transporting goods from the surface underground and vice versa was carried out using a ‘cage’, from which the mining paraphernalia would either be physically carried or transported by wheeled trolleys to its point of need. However, today mining is a far more mechanised industry and unbeknownst to many on the surface, mines below are a hive of activity with a number of vehicles constantly in motion.

Well-suited to the task of mining transport are side-by-side vehicles, of which the new Kubota RTV-X900 diesel is a top contender and a popular choice in the South African mining sector. With its many features and benefits making it ideal for working underground, it’s no wonder that several hundred Kubota RTV-X900s are already in operation around the country.

Even though Maubra, a South African Kubota dealer, customises the Kubota RTV-X900 for use underground, as it comes, it is a superb base vehicle with a powerful diesel engine of just under 900 cc with a unique fluid-drive transmission system that can drive either just the rear wheels or all four. This is controlled by a unique braking system that is linked to the fluid-drive transmission.

Braking system

Although the Kubota RTV-X900’s braking system is primarily controlled by the operator, the vehicle can only move if the transmission is engaged and the throttle is pressed; in any other mode, the wheels will not turn. In the event that the engine has been switched off, the vehicle will not be able to freewheel, which means there is no possibility of it running down an incline uncontrolled. In the event that the throttle is not pressed, even while the engine is idling, the transmission will supply insufficient fluid to turn the wheels, so in this scenario, the vehicle will also not be able to move uncontrolled.

Modifications for sub-soil

Due to strict requirements for underground operations, the Kubota RTV-X900 must be customized according to the specific task it will have to fulfill. Safety in this regard is paramount, so the base vehicle is fitted with a strengthened roll cage, special-purpose front and back steel bumpers, steel lattice driver and passenger door, and an array of LED auxiliary lights (including nautical style red and green side lights for easy identification of travel direction in the dark). The whole floor surface of the cab as well as the load bed is also coated with a rubberized non-slip material.

The speed limit underground is 15 km/h, so Maubra govern all Kubota RTV-X900 vehicles destined for underground to this limit. The vehicle has a diesel engine that is not powered by HT electricity. All other electrical components of the vehicle are insulated in order to prevent any combustible vapour underground from being ignited by any incidental sparks.

Thanks to the modifications undertaken by Maubra, the Kubota RTV-X900 is transformed into the ideal underground utility vehicle, which is then further customized to suit even more specific applications, like carrying explosives, or being equipped to reach accident victims quickly, for example.

While in some mines the height restriction of vehicles may vary, in most, the requirement is that all vehicles underground is 1.4 m due to the low roofs of certain tunnels. In the case that such height restriction is in place, the vehicle is modified by lowering the floor pan, seats and the roll cage height.

A good investment

When comparing a standard Kubota RTV-X900 diesel powered side-by-side vehicle in the line of pricing, it becomes evident that it either matches or exceeds the cost of a small bakkie in South Africa, a fact that begs asking why a mining operation would rather invest in the former.

The answer is simple.

Due to its fit-for-purpose durability and strength, long-term maintenance of the Kubota RTV-X900 is considerably less than a regular bakkie. Without a clutch, brake pads or shoes, as well as a simple, yet rugged three-cylinder engine, there is little that can go wrong on this piece of equipment. Ease of operation is another draw card for the discerning investor who sees the value in being able to have inexperienced person learn how to drive the vehicle within minutes and be safe and comfortable for long periods of time.

While the modified Kubota RTV-X900 is most at home deep underground far from life at the surface, with every kilometer travelled, every hazardous journey safely completed, this compact yet potent side-by-side is at the very heart of an industry that helps drive an entire economy forward.

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About Smith Power Equipment

Smith Power Equipment (SPE), a division of Smith Mining Equipment (Pty) Ltd.,is an importation and distribution company representing leading global brands in the specialist machinery, turf maintenance and off-road vehicle market.

Distributed throughout South Africa by a comprehensive dealer network, these products come with full after sales service and support. Parts are provided for all SPE-distributed products.

Maubra contact:

Kevin Clarke
Cell: 082 926 2519
Email: kevin@maubra.co.za

Smith Power Equipment contact:

Robert Keir
Marketing Manager
Tel: 011 284 2024
Email: robertk@smithpower.co.za
Web: www.smithpower.co.za

Media contact:

Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications
Tel: 011 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za





PRESS RELEASE

Smith Power Equipment set to attend NAMPO 2017

[Johannesburg, 06 April 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.

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.

“We’ve identified agriculture as a key market for SPE, since every farmer needs the right tools to do their work effectively and mechanisation is vital to running a farm more efficiently from a financial perspective.” So says Robert Keir, SPE Marketing Manager, adding, “NAMPO brings the whole agricultural industry, including importers, dealers and customers to one place, offering an array of products and insights for the farmer to make the best informed investments for his operations.”

Apart from offering an agricultural networking platform, NAMPO is also an ideal event at which to launch new products to the sector. “Having new products, like our Kubota compact excavator KX080-3S, appear at NAMPO will boost mechanisation of agriculture in South Africa and fuel competition in the market,” remarks Keir. “Competition is a healthy ingredient for a growing economy and at SPE, we thrive on it, because it drives us to keep on bringing the best technology to the industry at affordable prices,” he adds.

The state of the industry

While the agricultural market has seen especially trying times over the past two years, there is plenty of room for optimism. “We are very positive about what 2017 has and will bring and are already observing some positive trends in the market; the Rand is strengthening nicely and customers are spending more strategically than before,” comments Keir. “Even though we see disparate weather patterns and rainfall in different provinces, with the Western Cape still navigating a bad drought, it is encouraging that we have had good rains in the northern regions and that the crops are yielding,” he says.

That said, the agricultural market is still recovering and a challenge that comes with this is accessing finance. Keir asserts that creative fiscal offerings, like ‘off balance sheet’ funding are important in a climate such as this. “This type of approach to asset finance comes with benefits to the farmer, such as not having to lay out any initial capital, which helps with essential cash flow. Furthermore, lease payments on the equipment are fully tax deductible and VAT is paid on a monthly basis,” notes Keir, adding, “Tailor-made finance like this can mean the difference between the disappearance and survival of the farmer.”

While SPE look forward to topics such as greater agricultural mechanisation, the impact of emissions on the environment, product-buyer connections and financial solutions in the sector being addressed at NAMPO talks, key discussions in which SPE will participate include the use of equipment in emissions management and best practice usage of their equipment.

As a solutions-driven company, SPE imports products that are well aligned with their customers’ needs; with the ultimate goal of solving their day-to-day challenges by making their processes cheaper and faster. “All our products are complementary to one another, supporting our vision to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ for equipment needs on a farm,” says Keir.

Bringing this to the NAMPO show, SPE will be showcasing all of its brands. “Polaris and Linhai quads and side-by-sides which service our customers’ needs of getting around farm lands, security, farm work and hunting, will be on display at the show. These are available in various models to suit any customer’s needs and are available in both petrol and diesel.” remarks Keir. “Kipor generators (1kVA to 100kVA) and forklifts (diesel and electric – 2t to 7t), which add value to a farmer’s operation with power supply and material handling; the Kubota tractors range of 18hp to the 130hp for various farming activities as well as our TLBs and recently expanded compact excavators range will also be on show,” he says.

“Our products have been positioned, placed, promoted and priced specifically for the agricultural sector, which makes our primary goal at NAMPO to meet with existing and potential customers, showing them what we have available on the market and learning how we can best serve their needs with our products. We have an extensive nationwide dealer network through which we distribute our world class products, which makes NAMPO an invaluable platform to meet directly with the end customer and to hear their thoughts and suggestions on how we can better offer our products to better their lives and businesses,” he concludes.

Smith Power Equipment will be exhibiting at NAMPO from 16-19 May 2017. Visit us at stand 139.

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About Smith Power Equipment

Smith Power Equipment (SPE), a division of Smith Mining Equipment (Pty) Ltd.,is an importation and distribution company representing leading global brands in the specialist machinery, turf maintenance and off-road vehicle market.

Distributed throughout South Africa by a comprehensive dealer network, these products come with full after sales service and support. Parts are provided for all SPE-distributed products.

Smith Power Equipment contact:

Robert Keir
Marketing Manager
Tel: 011 284 2024
Email: robertk@smithpower.co.za
Web: www.smithpower.co.za

Media contact:

Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications
Tel: 011 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za











PRESS RELEASE

SMALL FOOTPRINT, HIGH POWER: KUBOTA KX080-3S COMES TO SA

[Johannesburg, 28 March 2017]: Smith Power Equipment (SPE), South African importers and distributors of leading global specialist machinery, turf maintenance equipment and off-road vehicles, recently announced the arrival of the Kubota KX080-3S Super Series 8-ton excavator.

Ideal for tough construction projects that require high power and performance in confined spaces, the KX080-3S can do just about anything that larger conventional machines can do. Tom Bloom, SPE General Manager: Construction Equipment, remarks, “With its compact size, the KX080-3S can achieve a high level of industrial performance on space-restricted construction sites, making it a unique proposition for local contractors needing substantial power on space-restrained urban sites.”

Innovation at Kubota

Kubota has been involved in the compact excavator industry for nearly four decades, leading the sector with its technological innovations, of which the integration of the zero boom and tail swing in the mini excavators – and now the ‘tight tail swing’ of the bigger KX080-3S – are examples. Other such innovations which built on the bright future of compact construction machinery include the advanced features of auto idle system and Kubota’s revolutionary 3-pump hydraulic system, both of which feature in the KX080-3S.

The KX080-3S boasts a tight tail swing and due to its tight tail design and shorter rear overhang, the machine has improved stability, is equipped to handle a wider range of loads and can function comfortably in far more restricted spaces than traditional tail swing excavators can.

The innovative auto idle system on the KX080-3S helps saves up to 10% on fuel, prompting the engine to idle automatically when it senses the control levers in neutral for longer than four seconds. The engine immediately re-engages if the control levers are moved. The auto idle feature aids in noise reduction, exhaust emissions and overall operating costs.

The KX080-3S’ 3-pump hydraulic system is a load-sensing system that makes use of three independent pumps for boom, arm and swivel for more efficient bucket operation. The high capacity control valve and hydraulic variable pumps of the system enable high performance shoveling and loading.

KX080-3S features

Several other unique features of the Kubota KX080-3S excavator set it apart from its competitors, including stability, range, oil flow control, its electric fuel refilling pump, auto-shift and boom lowering prevention.

In terms of stability, the KX080-3S combines smooth hydraulic system performance with balance for optimal stability and, together with its extended dumping height, swing boom, large bucket capacity and deep digging ability; it can easily match or exceed the range of the latest high capacity dumpers, tippers in meeting construction site requirements. The machine’s unique function of oil flow control enables the user to control the oil flow in line with the requirements, including those of the specific attachments in use.

Furthermore, the electric fuel refilling pump, which comes standard with the machine, includes a hose long enough to refuel the machine in three minutes from a fuel tank at the push of a button. When working with heavy loads, making turns or backfilling trenches, the auto-shift function allows the system to automatically downshift for more torque, and fitted with Kubota’s unique anti-drop valve, accidental lowering of the boom is prevented.

Power and safety

The KX080-3S’ energy and power source is none other than the clean-running 70 horsepower (52.2 kW) Kubota diesel engine with a 3331 cubic capacity turbo direct-injection facility making for easy starting in the cold, low sound levels and good fuel economy. The engine is in compliance with Tier IV emissions regulations without any loss of power or diminishing ease of operation.

Kubota has a solid reputation for safety and comfort, underpinned by the belief that an operator that is both safe and comfortable is not only an ethical imperative, but is also vital for optimal productivity and, according to Bloom, “The design of the operator environment on the KX080-3S is unsurpassed.”

Important features of the KX080-3S environment are: a spacious cabin offering excellent visibility, minimising operator stress and fatigue; a deluxe high-back suspension seat for greater comfort and productivity; an easy-open front window that opens with through a gas-assisted mechanism; a fully compliant ROPS and FOPS cabin; and an air-conditioner and heater, ensuring optimal climate control and increased productivity (fresh outside air can easily be introduced into the cabin by activating the external air vent.

Serviceability

According to Bloom, serviceability is a critical aspect of any good machine and the triple-opening bonnet is one of the KX080-3S’ strongest features. “Maintaining this machine could not be easier, as all three of its access panels can open simultaneously,” he notes, adding, “This feature makes for easy inspection and access to the hydraulic components under the centre hood or the battery, oil filter and tool box under the right hood.”

SPE offers world-class support on the machine and with its countrywide representation through dealers and service facilities, the best possible service is ensured at all times.

“With a good understanding of our market, we know that uptime and productivity are the most important concerns for our customers,” says Bloom, concluding, “Knowing this, we bring the Kubota KX080-3S to the South African market with confidence underpinned by the machine’s operational features, serviceability and the assurance that comes with supplying a brand like Kubota.”

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About Smith Power Equipment

Smith Power Equipment (SPE), a division of Smith Mining Equipment (Pty) Ltd.,is an importation and distribution company representing leading global brands in the specialist machinery, turf maintenance and off-road vehicle market.

Distributed throughout South Africa by a comprehensive dealer network, these products come with full after sales service and support. Parts are provided for all SPE-distributed products.

Smith Power Equipment contact:

Tom Bloom
General Manager: Kubota Construction Equipment
Tel: 011 284 2000
Cell: +27 82 330 0805
Email: tom@smithpower.co.za
Web: www.smithpower.co.za

Media contact:

Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications
Tel: 011 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za













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Small footprint, high power: Kubota KX080-3S comes to SA

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[Johannesburg, 28 March 2017]: Smith Power Equipment (SPE), South African importers and distributors of leading global specialist machinery, turf maintenance equipment and off-road vehicles, recently announced the arrival of the Kubota KX080-3S Super Series 8-ton excavator.   (more…)