Kubota Tractor Corporation is expanding its compact excavator line as well as introducing a new hydraulic quick coupler.
The introduction of the new KX057-5 and the U55-5 lead the company’s construction equipment product introductions in 2021, with both machines expected to arrive on the market in March.
The two new compact excavators deliver numerous upgrades compared to the previous dash 4 models.
“With the new KX057-5 and the U55-5, Kubota offers not only a broad selection of 13 compact excavator models, but also complete flexibility with conventional and reduced tail swing offerings in the 1 to 6-ton weight classes. And this year, all -5 generation models are outfitted with standard technology and comfort packages, plus more tech options for ultimate customization,” said Patrick Baker, Kubota construction equipment product manager.
“Our new excavator models are built on the solid engineering our customers expect, and now feature more technology, much quieter cabs and many comfort feature.”
Equipped with new technology and a bigger cab, the KX057-5 replaces the KX057-4 in Kubota’s K Series of compact excavators.
The new KX057-5 is available in canopy or cab models, delivers 47.6 hp, a digging depth of 3.9 metres and a bucket breakout force of 4,614 kg.
On the tech side, a new full-colour 18 cm LCD screen that provides all the information the operator needs to know. An optional keyless start is available for the first time on Kubota’s excavators. As well, the engine can be started with a four-digit code, and up to 10 user passwords can be set. With the new technology, operators no longer need to worry about lost keys.
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Designed to meet the needs of contractors working in tight spaces, the new U55-5 has a reduced tail swing to maneuver in any size jobsite. The U55-5 is ideal for a wide range of jobs with a large cabin space and new technology.
The compact excavator is available in canopy or cab models, features 47.6 hp, a digging depth of 3.6 metres and a max dump height of 4 metres.
The redesigned cab features a double adjustable seat and greater head and foot space. The cab was also designed to reduce noise, via a floor plate that is thicker, the removal of overhead metal sash bars and a felt ceiling was installed to reduce noise and vibration.
As well, the cab pillars are thinner, further reducing vibration and noise. A large new full-colour LCD screen provides all operational information. Other upgrades on the U55-5 include optional rear-view camera and keyless start, with 10 user passwords for customized control.
New hydraulic quick coupler
Also new for 2021, Kubota is introducing a hydraulic quick coupler for its entire 3-4 ton class of excavators including the KX033, U35 and KX040.
The new quick coupler allows operators to change buckets from the comfort of the operator seat, in a matter only 10 to 15 seconds.
The coupler includes custom control packages for a perfect fit on each excavator model, including specialized hose kits as well as a spring-applied hydraulic release locking mechanism. The new quick coupler is construction grade, compatible with older-style buckets and engineered for everyday use on the jobsite.