Plant hire firms, builders, contractors, utilities, local authorities and owner operators alike have enthusiastically welcomed the new generation of Dash 4 mini excavators from Kubota .
The manufacturer’s new U48-4, U55-4 and KX057-4 models have already been pressed into service following their UK introduction at the company’s Kubota Live! event at Rockingham Castle earlier in 2010.
The machines have built upon the excellence of their predecessors by offering users more strength per pound, thanks to each one’s increased boom lifting force, which has allowed Kubota to step up the weight scale.
The new U48-4 zero tail swing excavator offers 4.7 tonnes of lifting power, combined with the ability to work in confined spaces. This makes it the most powerful zero-tail swing machine in Kubota’s range, while still offering a smooth travel performance.
The Kubota U55-4 tight tail swing machine sees the range breaking new ground with 5.4 tonnes of lifting power, complemented by excellent stability and high performance in restricted areas.
The Kubota KX057-4, meanwhile, hits the 5.5 tonne mark, added to a maximum dig-depth of 3,890mm and an impressive bucket digging force of 4,315kgf.
The machines also offer a host of easy-to-use features and unrivalled user comfort. There is better visibility and a space-age digital display, which indicates fuel level, engine temperature, service intervals, auxiliary circuit oil flow settings and even the machine’s operational history.
Each has a new load-sensing hydraulic system which provides optimum oil flow to each cylinder, offering smooth operation and enhanced fuel economy, as well as an auto-shift system which enables automatic travel shift from high to low, depending on traction effort and terrain.
Their Tier 4 engines have a fuel-saving Auto-Idle function and can all be serviced from one side, while, on the outside, all three models now feature a new look black cab livery, which will be subsequently rolled out across the rest of the Kubota mini excavator product range, as and when new Dash 4 models are launched.
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