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Kubota unveil three new machines in five-tonne range

Kubota KX060-5 compact excavator

New compact excavators focus on enhanced safety and comfort in line with customer feedback 

KUBOTA, manufacturers of compact construction equipment, will be launching three new five-tonne machines – the KX060-5, U56-5 and U50-5. The compact models have been developed in line with customer feedback to ensure Kubota machines are aligning with the demands of the industry.  

The launch of the three products also means Kubota’s customers continue to have the choice of either a reduced-tail-swing or conventional excavator.  

Each machine has been designed with the operator in mind, starting with a larger cabin, enhanced insulation, improved visibility and a multitude of new comfort features. The exterior of the machines has also been redesigned, to give each unit a modern look.   

The KX060-5 offers a conventional tail swing which can be used in different applications to the U-series. It is also the machine most suitable to heavier attachments due to the offset of the conventional tail swing weight.  

The U56-5 is the largest reduced-tail-swing machine in the range, with a good lifting capacity. The U50-5 – which will be available from July – has been designed as an entry-level machine and is built for the hire market. The size of the machine means it is well suited to working in smaller spaces and will have excellent site access. 

The new excavators are all equipped with a full-colour, high-resolution 7in LCD screen and jog-dial navigation. This provides the operator with all the information needed, from AUX flow adjustment to important maintenance information, as well as detailed alerts. 

For increased safety and comfort, a high visibility orange coloured seatbelt and alert functions have been included to encourage the operator to wear the seatbelt; reducing the risk of serious accidents for those using the machines 

The new CAB structure has a noise reduction of 5dB, down to 74dB, providing a more stress-free working environment for the  operator.  

With increasing sustainability measures being introduced as standard across the globe, the new Stage V-compliant machines are powered by a Kubota original direct injection engine with common rail system (CRS) and diesel particulate filter (DPF) muffler. 

The newly improved DPF reduces maintenance by increasing the service intervals for both the regeneration filter and ash cleaner. When maintenance is needed, all three machines have been designed to provide easier access to those working on the machine, thanks to wide opening bonnets and radiator cleaning. 

Glen Hampson, business development manager for construction at Kubota UK, said: ‘We’re proud to be welcoming three new models into our five-tonne range. The new range builds on the success of its predecessors when it comes to how the machines operate and overall functionality.  

 

‘The machines, however, offer improved comfort and safety to the user. It is important for us here, at Kubota, that we’re providing machines that get the job done, but are also enjoyable and comfortable to use. The KX060- 5, U56-5 and U50-5 are just this.’ 

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