Kubota is updating its wheel loader lineup with the launch of the next generation R540 and R640 models.
The two new wheel loaders are available in both canopy and cab models, and deliver improved visibility, enhanced operator comfort and increased performance compared to the previous R30 Series models.
“Kubota dedicated a substantial amount of field research in the engineering upgrades that went into the new R540 and R640. They are built with operator comfort and productivity in mind,” said Patrick Baker, construction equipment product manager at Kubota.
“These new models have an incredible amount of space and power for a compact machine. Plus, with the enlarged front window and full-sized right-side window, they offer an unparallelled view of the worksite.”
Both the R540 and R640 provide increased weight and improved lift performance over the previous loader generation. Featuring a 64 hp Tier 4 Final engine, the R640 boasts an operating weight of 5,245 kg and delivers a maximum breakout force of 4,476 kg and 3,702 kg of lifting capacity.
The R540 is equipped with a 54 hp Tier 4 Final engine, has an operating weight of 4,665 kg and delivers a maximum breakout force of 3,712 kg and 3,069 kg of lifting capacity.
The new wheel loaders also feature several updates that improve visibility and safety for operators.
The cab models, for both the R540 and R640, offer a panoramic view of the job site with an enlarged front window, as well as a new full-sized, all-glass right-side window that is the same size as the cab door. This provides 360-degrees of visibility around the machine. As well, the new right-side window allows greater visibility of the front-right tire for improved manoeuvrability.
The arms of the R540 and R640 have been redesigned for better visibility when connecting attachments with the hydraulic coupler, enabling operators to connect attachments without getting out of the cab.
The wheel loaders include new delta-shaped loader arms that run parallel and become narrow at the cab and widen at the arm end. This helps to enhance operator visibility when the bucket is lifted at full height.
The R540 and R640 also feature standard LED working lights, transitioning from halogen lights, making the equipment well-suited for low light operation.
Furthermore, Kubota’s new R540 and R640 wheel loaders include a wide range of comfort features designed to reduce operator fatigue and boost productivity.
By moving the reconfigured console and switch layout to the right side of the cabin, operators have more foot and leg room, and all controls are just a finger touch away.
The multi-function control lever is a standard feature on both the R540 and R640. The lever controls forward, neutral and reverse, the differential lock and the wheel loader auxiliary port switch, making operation quicker and easier.
This also enables all major loader functions and operational functions to be accomplished with one hand.