Kubotas L39 offers high power and versatility yet still fits into small spaces.
Kubota Tractor Corp. is broadening its construction offerings, introducing new off-highway equipment and upgrades for existing machines. Among the highlights of a Tuesday morning unveiling at the booth are the L39, a tractor/loader/backhoe targeted at rental users, contractors and homeowners who want a compact tractor. A 39-horsepower diesel engine provides maximum power and high torque rise, even under heavy loads or at low speeds.
The electronically controlled hydraulic Glide Shift Transmission has 12 forward and eight reverse speeds, giving operators options for various conditions. A shuttle shift lets operators move from forward to reverse and back again without clutching or braking, improving productivity.
The L39 delivers 3,560 lbs. of breakout force, 2,200 lbs. of lift capacity and 96 lift height. The auto-leveling valve automatically keeps the bucket or pallet fork horizontal as the loader boom raises and lowers. An inching valve and independent swing pump enhance delicate backhoe movements for precise operation.
Another introduction at the show is the X71-3 compact excavator, which has a four-cylinder engine rated at 27.5 horsepower at 2,300 rpm, one of the highest levels in its class. Its long arm lets operators dig 9 feet, 9 inches deep. The arm and bucket generates 3,285 lbs. and 6,350 lbs. breakout force. http://www.kubota.com/f/aboutkubota/2005_pr_08.cfm
The overall width of the two-ton excavator is under five feet, so it fits through tight openings. The tail swing overhang is only 18 inches. Its operating weight is 6,305 lbs.
Kubota, headquartered in Torrance, CA, will also debut an optional floating hydraulic angle dozer blade that makes the KX161-3 excavator more productive, reducing the need for repetitive repositioning of the machine. A single lever control accurately raises and lowers the blade and adjusts the angle of operation. When set at an angle, the blade allows for backfilling while traveling in a forward direction. After backfilling, the floating blade position performs the finishing work.