Three commercial farmers tell Joe Spencer why Kubota products check all the right boxes with high praise. The De Rustica Olive Estate in the Swartberg region of the Western Cape bought its first Kubota tractor three years ago and now has five. “They are great machines: fuel-efficient and reliable,” says farm manager, Joop Steenkamp.
The Kubota that made all the difference in the beginning was the M8540N.
“At the time it appeared, that Kubota was the only narrow tractor with a suitable cab,” Steenkamp explains. “This was essential for our operation, as we use a tractor to spray the olive trees and the operators have to be protected.”
‘WE USE IT FOR EVERYTHING ON THE FARM’
De Rustica has 100 000 olive trees on 125ha. “We look at costs very carefully but recognise that sometimes, especially with tractors, a cheaper initial investment can be expensive in the long run,” he says.
Josias le Roux who farms grain and sheep on Langhoogte, near Caledon, recently bought a Kubota RTV-X900 utility vehicle and a Kubota L45 TLB (see panel).
The RTV-X900 is particularly useful when the sheep are lambing, according to Josias. It is powered by the Kubota 16,2kW three-cylinder diesel engine, renowned for exceptional durability and reliability.
Kubota RTV also features 4WD and the unique variable hydro-transmission (VHT-X). As a result, it can tackle the toughest terrain with ease, even under wet conditions. The load bin has a 500kg capacity, ideal for transporting fire fighting or weed control equipment.
Kobus Luttig produces raisins and wine grapes on his farm
just outside Upington on the Orange River. He is full of praise for his Kubota U50 mini-excavator.
“It’s a fantastic tool,” he says. “We use it for everything on the farm from laying pipelines, cleaning water canals, cutting and clearing drainage channels to taking out trees, loading equipment, and much more.”
Luttig particularly likes the U50’s power-to-size ratio. “Because it’s small and compact, we can get in between the rows and manoeuvre into places that a bigger excavator couldn’t get into,” he says. “Yet it’s so powerful that it can handle almost any job that a larger, more cumbersome machine couldn’t manage.”
Joe Spencer is the mechanisation editor of Farmer’s Weekly. For more information on the equipment in this report, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject line: Equipment.
This article was featured in the Farmers Weekly – 11 April 2017.
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