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Kubota Construction

Kubota U55 Mini Excavator – Specs, Prices, Attachments, Parts

Kubota U55

The Kubota U55 is one of the most popular mini excavator is on the market, both for sales and rental. It combines Kubota’s reputation for building small but incredibly powerful agricultural machines.

It is a mini excavator that has a high torque engine. This controls the timing and the amount of fuel injection in very specific ways, which creates less engine noise and much fuel efficiency.

Kubota have always paid attention to the interior of the excavators. They recognise that people spend a lot of time on them, and they need to be very comfortable and efficient at the same time

The Kubota U55 has what Kubota described as a deluxe interior. This combinea a specifically designed ergonomic seat with a wide entrance and great legroom

There are easy to use features which include the seat, wrist rests, a cup holder, a two speed travel switch, air conditioning, and easy to open front slide window and a two patent protection system.

The Kubota U55  has a newly signed digital display panel, which shows an hour meter, coolant picture, clock, the fuel level and the engine RPM, as well as other features.

There is a service mode, a warning mode, an operation history record and a maximum oil flow setting.

Kubota U55 Prices / For Sale

Manufacturers recommended places can be slightly misleading, in that normally possible to obtain quite a decent discount from the dealership, in addition to any national discounts or schemes that Kubota are  running.

There is also a significant rental market for mini excavators, as many people require them only for short periods of time, or for specific jobs. Rentals can be obtained either from dealerships or from stores such as HomeDepot.

As an indication, prices for the Kubota U55 start at approximately US66,000 and rise to approx US$77,000  for new modelsFor used and second-hand models, there is also a significant market both online and through Kubota dealerships.

They vary considerably depending on the age of the excavator, the  hours it has been used for, the type of work it has been used for and the type of land it has been used on.

All Information relating to standard equipment, optional equipment and specifications should be taken as a general guide only, and specific figures should be checked with Kubota before entry into a purchase or rental agreement. All figures are approximate and should not be taken as literally exact.

Kubota U55 Standard equipment

Kubota U55  Safety system

  • Engine start safety system

  • Travel motor with disc brake

  • Swivel motor with disc brake

  • Kubota original antitheft system

  • All hydraulic control

Kubota U55 Working equipment

  • Auxiliary hydraulic circuit

  • Two working lights on cabin and one light on boom

  • Dozer  blade with float function

  • Thumb bracket and relief valve

Kubota U55 Operators space

  • ROPS / FOPS canopy

  • Weight adjustable full suspension seat

  • Retractable seatbelt

  • Hydraulic pilot control leaders

  • Travel levers with foot pedals

  • Two pattern selection system

  • Digital panel

  • 12 V power source

  • Cup holder

  • Horn

Kubota U55 Engine/fuel system

  • Double element air filter

  • Auto idling system

  • Water separator drain cock

Kubota U55 Undercarriage

  • Dozer blade with float
  • 350 mm rubber track
  • One times other track road
  • Four double flange track rollers on each side
  • Two speed travel switch on dozer lever
  • Two speed travel with auto down shift

Kubota U55 Hydraulic system

  • One pump load sensing system

  • Pressure accumulator

  • Hydraulic pressure checking points

  • Straight travel circuit

  • Third line hydraulic return

  • Auxiliary Switch

Others

  • Toolbox

  • Grease gun holder

Kubota U55 Optional equipment

  • Six in one blade with float function
  • Angle played with float function
  • Cab with A/C
  • Canopy lights
  • Beacon lights
  • Steel track
  • Travel alarm

Working range : 5580mm / 4020mm / 3615mm

Lifting capacity : 2.6 ft / 2.9 ft / 3.7 ft / 4.07 ft /

Kubota U55 Specs :

Model U55

Type of ROPS / OPG : Canopy / Cab

Type of tracks : Rubber / Steel

Kubota U55 Engine

  • Model V2607 -CR -E4

  • Output 49.5hp

  • Displacement 159 cu in

Kubota U55 Dimensions

  • Overall length – 5500 mm

  • Overall height – 2550vmm

  • Overall width – 1960 mm

  • Minimum ground clearance – 310 mm

Kubota U55 Hydraulic system

  • Pump capacity – 14.8 gpm

  • Auxiliary hydraulic flow – 19.8 gpm

  • Maximum breakout force

  • Bucket – 5070 kgf

  • Arm –  2840 kgf

Kubota U55 Drive system

  • Travel speed – 1.83 / 3.1 mph

  • Maximum traction force – 14480 lpf

  • Tumbler distance 1990 mm

  • Crawler length 2500 mm

  • Shoe width 400 mm

Kubota U55 Swing system

  • Unit swing speed –9.3 rpm

  • Boom swing angle – 70/55 degrees

Kubota U55 Blade

  • Dimensions

  • Width – 1960 mm

  • Height – 410/ 425 mm

  • Angle – 25 degrees right

Kubota U55 Hydraulic oil reservoir  11.9 /20.9 gallons

Kubota U55 Fuel reservoir 18 Gallons

Kubota U55 Operating weight ( including operators weight estimated at 175 lbs)

  • Rubber – 5494 kg

  • Steel –  5795 kg

Kubota U55  Parts

  • Sprocket

  • Roller aftermarket final drive

  • Case Idler

  • Tension idler

  • Undercarriage with tracks

  • Rubber tracks

  • Track and sprocket combo

  • Bottom track roller

  • Steel tracks and rubber pads

  • Steel track group with rubber pads

  • Loader rubber tracks

  • Bottom track roller

  • Upper roller

  • Aftermarket drive motor

  • Replacement tension idler

  • Front idler

  • Other carrier roller

  • Lower roller

Kubota U55 Attachments

Kubota Blades

Kubota Booms

Kubota Breakers

Kubota Brooms

Kubota Buckets

Kubota Carriers

Kubota Cutters

Kubota Forks,

Kubota Graders

Kubota Grapples

Kubota Grinders

Kubota Hitches

Kubota Landscape Rakes

Kubota Planers

Kubota Post Hole Diggers

Kubota Pullers

Kubota Rippers

Kubota Seeders

Kubota Silage

Kubota Defacers

Kubota Snowblowers

Kubota Snow Pushers

Kubota Tillers

Kubota Trenchers

and  a more detailed list below

  • Hydraulic thumb kit

  • Hydraulic breakers

  • Flail brush shredder

  • 24 inch frost ripper

  • Grading blade

  • Solid trinr grapple

  • Excavating rake

  • Vibratory Compactor

  • Compaction wheel

  • Hydraulic auger

  • Travel alarms

  • Canopy light kits

  • Strobe light kit

  • Mirror kit for cabins

  • Block heater kits

  • Steel track kits

  • Wide steel tracks/dozer blade extension kit

  • Additional counterweight kit

  • Brush guard kit

  • Two-way service support kit

  • Seat Belt kits

  • Travel pedal kit

  • Radios

Kubota U55 Reviews

Kubota U55 reviews can be found online, either on sites such as YouTube, or in discussion forums such as tractor by net.

Reviews should be treated with some degree of caution, but can also be very valuable in certain other ways. In number of reviews on you tube are done by manufacturers and dealers, and as suchour from unapologetic sales pitches.

These reviews do however show off the excavator at its best, and are valuable because of that.

Other reviews on discussion forums tend to be more objective in that they usually posted by users, satisfied or dissatisfied customers.

When reading reviews it important to distinguish between people who have had structural problems with the excavator, whether or not they have been sorted and what the outcome was.

Sometimes structural problems are down to the manufacturer, other times to the dealership.

The other thing to look out for is whether or not users are unhappy because the excavator did not meet their requirements in terms of the work they wanted it to do.

This may well be done to the user not having researched properly what their requirements were before buying or renting the excavator, in which case the review needs to be read in that context

 

Kubota Forklift and Pallet Fork Attachments

A Kubota forklift tends to be a skid steer loader or compact track loader that have had dedicated attachments, normally pallet forks, that turn them into incredibly flexible and powerful forklifts.

Kubota do not make a dedicated forklift as such, but a number of their engines are used by other manufacturers, such as Viper or Yale.

Kubota Forklift Attachment – Pallet Forks

The most common forklift attachments for a Kubota tractor or skid steer loader are pallet forks, especially the series made by Land Pride. Their series of models are currently PFL4548, PFL5548 and PFL 5560.

The PF10 Model, has a lift capacity of 1000 Lbs rating ( 848-144C) and the PF20 Model has a lift capacity for 2000 Lbs ( 848 -143C).

It is important to check, as with any attachment, that these palllet forks are compatible with the specific tractor or skid steer loader that they are intending to be used with.

Kubota Forklift Uses

A Kubota forklift can be used in a variety of settings, and for a variety of purposes.

This can include farming, construction sites, garden nurseries and small landholdings, campuses, theme parks, timber yards, warehouses, a number of retail outlets, and any type of distribution centre.

Given that the forklift is likely to be used for transporting large loads of materials, it is really important that great care is taken both in the installation of the pallet forks, the use of the forklift, and the training of the operative.

It is also important that environment itself where the forklift is to be used is safe, and conducive to having a tractor or skid steer loader used within these boundaries.

Pallet Fork Installation

A Kubota forklift can either have a two pallet fork installation, or a three pallet fork installation.

The PF 10 and PF20 pallet forks are specifically designed for skid steer and tractor loader buckets. If other types of pallet forks are used, then guidance should be sought either from the tractor manufacturer or from the makers of the pallet fork. Such guidance can also normally be found in the operations manual.

The manual for the PF10 and PF20 palet forks gives detailed guidance on opening the throat of the pallet forks,  how to attach them on to the bucket and how to make sure they are secure.

It is also important to find out if the Kubota tractor or skid teer loader requires any rear ballast. This can be really important from the point of view of stability, as the machine will be used to carry heavy loads.

It is perfectly possible that some rear ballast will be required in order to keep the machine stable, and carry out a core safety function to stop it upending.

Kubota Forklift Safety

A lot of the safety information regarding a Kubota forklift, will be the same as that regarding the use of the Kubota tractor or Kubota skid steer loader in general usage.

Full information can be found in the operations manual, which covers areas such as:

Avoiding underground utilities such as electrics, gas, water, telephone etc.

Safe transport – this is a key safety element off using a Kubota forklift. The forklift may be used in an enclosed area, on the open road, or on a mix of both. In any event, great care needs to be taken regarding speed, load balance and the type of land the forklift is being used on.

Safe maintenance – this is standard advice when looking after any type of tractor or skid steer loader. It refers to maintenance and servicing schedules, as well as daily or weekly inspections and checks.

This is to ensure both the longevity of the usage of tractor, as well as ensuring its safe operation.

Emergencies – this should be covered both in the training of the operative, and in the health and safety policy the company where the forklift is being used.

Awareness of potential emergencies is a key part of risk management, as are fast reactions and specific knowledge,  which can often be the difference between life and death, or preventing serious injury.

It should always be remembered that forklifts are likely to be used to carry significant loads, and as such there is always a potential risk to the operative and other people in the surrounding area.

Safety lights and devices – it is important to use any safety lights or devices that may be fitted to the tractor or Kubota skid teer loader. This can include flashing warning lights, turn signals and voice operated commands.

These safety lights and devices should always be used in any enclosed area, especially where visibility is poor, or where there is significant other activity that may distract people from what is going on around them.

Seatbelts and other safety equipment – it’s really important that any Kubota forklift is fitted with belts and a ROPS, roll over protective structure, both of which should be fully utilised all the time.

Other safety equipment may also be needed, such as a hard hat, safety shoes, safety glasses and earplugs.

Kubota Forklift Operatives

It is crucially important that anyone operating a Kubota forklift should be fully trained and capable not only of operating it, but also of understanding the potential risks and dangers to themselves, other people and the environment where is being used.

This obviously has significant implications in terms of age and training. Anyone involved in the use of a forklift should be fully aware of all of the above advice, and adhere to it at all times.

Kubota Excavator – Prices, Specs, Attachments, Parts

Kubota Excavator

Kubota make a range of excavators, the most powerful of which is considered to be the R 30 series, detailed below, which they also refer to as their wheel loaders.

They are incredibly powerful and efficiently designed, are fitted with quick couplers and auxiliary hydraulics, meaning they can operate a significant number of different attachments efficiently and quickly.

Kubota R30 series excavators are specifically designed to operate in the most difficult type of construction land environments, and have what they refer to as articulation and frame oscillation.

This means the excavator can operate with a much greater sense of stability in very difficult conditions, giving the operative much greater control over the entire process of work that the excavator is involved in.

Kubota R30 Excavators also employ what they refer to as a hybrid link system This combines both a Z link and a parallel link system, optimising the strength of the bucket when being used, and providing a smooth and even path for the lifting operation of the excavator.

Kubota Excavators also have a system whereby the control lever operates all the main functions of the excavator, that is, speed control, movement control i.e. forwards and backwards, differential lock and the auxiliary hydraulics.

Kubota Excavator Prices / For Sale

Prices for the Kubota excavator R range are at the high end of the scale, reflecting the fact that they are some of the most powerful and versatile excavators available.

New models have a price range of between US$65000 / US$90,000 , depending upon the model, accessories etc. All prices are likely to be negotiable, and the above are a range based on prices from a main US Kubota dealership in December 2020.

There is a limited used market for these excavators, the majority of those that are available seem be 2020 models. As such, a lot of dealerships are reluctant to give any price guide, urging the customer to call instead.

With prices in this significant range, it is important to establish the hours used by the machine, the type of work it has been used on, the type of land has been used on, and who has been using it i.e. a company or an individual.

This can give some indication of its likely condition.

2020 models that are for sale through auction sites are likely to be new ones, or newish ones with little traction behind them.

These may well prove to be good bargains in terms of price, but make sure that the original warranty is the place, and transfer of ownership does not affect it.

Kubota Excavator Specs / Sizes

The R range of Kubota excavators are some of the most powerful around, and the specifications reflect that.

There are certain categories of specifications that are important to different people, and these should be carefully looked at. They Include :

Type of ROPS / FOPS

Engine

Transmission

Dimensions

Auxiliary circuit

Drive system

Lifting specifications

Operational specifications

Standard equipment

Optional equipment

Working range

Dimensions

Bucket specifications

Backhoe specifications

Kubota Excavator Models

Below are a list of current R series Excavators, as of December 2020, although models available may vary by country.

Kubota R Series

Kubota R420

Kubota R520

Kubota R430

Kubota R530

Kubota R630

Kubota Excavator Attachments

Below are a list of the most common attachments available for all Kubota excavators, some of which may be approprite for Kubota R series excavators.

Kubota Blades

Kubota Booms

Kubota Breakers

Kubota Brooms

Kubota Buckets

Kubota Carriers

Kubota Cutters

Kubota Forks,

Kubota Graders

Kubota Grapples

Kubota Grinders

Kubota Hitches

Kubota Landscape Rakes

Kubota Planers

Kubota Post Hole Diggers

Kubota Pullers

Kubota Rippers

Kubota Seeders

Kubota Silage

Kubota Defacers

Kubota Snowblowers

Kubota Snow Pushers

Kubota Tillers

Kubota Trenchers

Kubota Excavator Bucket

Kubota excavators come with their standard bucket, which for many people would be all they need. There may be other buckets that are more appropriate in some instances, and these can be explored prior to purchase.

The important thing to look for with any bucket is what it is made of, its width, it’s teeth and make sure that is compatible with the excavator it is intending to be used with.

Kubota Excavator Parts

Spare parts will likely be needed when a  regular service or maintenance work is done on the excavator.

If the excavator is still under warranty, then it is likely that manufacturers parts will be needed, otherwise aftermarket parts may be a possibility. Listed below are some of the main parts regularly needed for an excavator.

  • Sprocket

  • Roller aftermarket final drive

  • Case Idler

  • Tension idler

  • Undercarriage with tracks

  • Rubber tracks

  • Track and sprocket combo

  • Bottom track roller

  • Steel tracks and rubber pads

  • Steel track group with rubber pads

  • Loader rubber tracks

  • Bottom track roller

  • Upper roller

  • Aftermarket drive motor

  • Replacement tension idler

  • Front idler

  • Other carrier roller

  • Lower roller

Kubota Excavator Quick Coupler

The Kubota excavator quick coupler is the system used for changing or attaching all implements within the Kubota range of machines, including excavators.

It is primarily used for changing buckets and bucket sizes, and is designed to make the process is quick and easy as possible.

Kubota’s system means that there is relatively little loss of power to the bucket, which can sometimes be the case with other manufacturers.

Kubota Excavator Dealer

Most Kubota dealerships carry a wide range of tractors and construction equipment. They are relatively easy to find either by doing a search online, or via the main company website.

This can also be located by local knowledge, or the old-fashioned way of looking through a phone book.

Kubota dealerships will sometimes specialise in certain areas of work, such as agriculture and construction.

Whilst most carry a wide range of Kubota machines, their management and personel are likely to have significant experience in certain fields.

It is sometimes a good idea to seek out a Kubota dealership that has extensive experience in the field of work that the excavator is to be used on.

This can not only guide the purchaser towards the right type of excavator to buy, but also can give them practical advice regarding certain areas of work.

 

Kubota Snowblower Guide

A snowblower is a machine that clears away unwanted amounts of snow from affected ground, and is often quite literally a life saver in certain parts of North America.

Kubota make a wide range of attachments and implements that can be used on a number of their tractors, that turn them into very effective snowblowers and snowblades.

A Kubota tractor that is used as a snowblower can be used for residential or commercial purposes.

Snow can be either a nuisance or a disaster. In either event a Kubota Snowblower can provide a clean , effective and safe solution.

Kubota BX Front Mount Snowblower

Kubota make a range of BX tractors which are renowned for their versatility and reliability, and especially their ease of use when attaching and detaching implements.

A Kubota BX tractcor can  be turned into a snowblower or snowblade with  relative ease.

Kubota BX Front mounted snowblowers have  a two lever coupler system that is designed to speed up and simplify the changing of all front end implements.

The new BX80 series features asystem for being able to attach and detach all four hydraulic lines at the same time, designed to make it even easier to attch front ended implements, including a snowblower or snowblade.

Kubota Front Mount Snowblower

There are a wide range of Kubota tractors that can be used as snowblowers, by the use of a front mount snowblower attachment. These attachments can be bought as manufacturer parts, or aftermarket parts from third parties.

Whichever type of attachment is going to be used, there are a number of specifications that need to be looked at. But virtually all front Mount snowblowers are two stage snowblowers, and have a cutting width between 60 inches aand 108 inches.

There is normally a range of cutting height of approximately 30 inches and 36 inches.

The auger is likely to be either open flight or dual, and is likely to have a diameter of about 15 to 18 inches.

The fan is likely to have four blades, and normally has a diameter of between 20 and 30 inches. The discharge chute is normally a hydraulic rotator of approximately 270°.

Other options that may be considered can include an hydraulic deflector, an electric deflector, hardened skid shoes, urethane skid shoes, urethane cutting edge and a rubber cutting edge.

Kubota Snowblower Attachment

There are a huge range of kubota snowblower attachments available, many of them currently being used on quite old Kubota Tractors. They can be found on sites such as craigslist and tractorhouse.com.

The importnat thing is to check the compatability with the Kubota tractor you are thinking of using it on. As examples, a Kubota B2551 can have a 51″ snow blower attcahment with 540 PTO, 3 point hitch, adjustable chute, a 3-blade 2 stage fan and a complete PTO chute.

It is also worth checking the weight of the snow blower attachment, and any shipping costs that may be incurred if buying out-of-state.

Range of attachments  that fit Kubota B2650, B2761B, B772, B2781, B2782, BL2660 etc.

Kubota Snowblower Attachment Specifics

Kubota make two specifc snowblower attachments for its construction equipment, the 76″ snowblower and the 84″ snowblower. These are intended for work such as clearing parking lots, driveways, feedlots and residential and commercial land and paths. They are available for the following tractors :

  • Kubota SSV65
  • Kubota SSV75
  • Kubota SVL65-2
  • Kubota SVL75-2
  • Kubota SVL95-2s

Kubota Snowblower B2660

The Kubota snowblower for B2660 is made up of anumber of component parts, all of which need to be checked and serviced or replaced on older version, or those not working properly. These include

  • Driveshaft
  • Retainer Bearing
  • Bearing assy
  • Shaft, Chain Red
  • Housing Reduction
  • Skid Shoe
  • Bearing GearBox

Kubota B2650 Snowblower

The kubota B2650 is a new range of Kubota tractor which is specifically designed to be an incredibly versatile front and back loader.

Specific snowblower attachments include a Mechanical Snow Blade 60″ and 72″, and a Hydraulic Snow Blade 60 ” and 72″.

The KubotaB2650 Snowblower has anumber of specific features designed to makeattaching and detaching implements easy and safe to do.

  • PTO Power
  • Telescoping Stabilizers
  • Teslescopic Lowerlink Ends
  • Ratchet Type Lift rod
  • Mid PTO

Kubota 3 Point Snowblower  and  Kubota Rear Mount Snowblower

Kubota Tractors  have  a sophisticated  3 Point Hitch system that allows for easy and safe attachment and detachment of all rear mounted snowblower implements. It is hydraulically controlled, and can easily be operated from the cab of the tractor.

 

Kubota RTV Snowblower

Kubota makea wide range of RTV’s and Utility vehicles that are recognised as the most durable and powerful machines available.

The Kubota RTV-X1100C is  aclassic example of how a Kubota RTV can quickly be turned into an effective snowblower.

Kubota use a uniqe sytem, known as a K- connect 4  point hitch, which allows for easy attachment of four snowblowing attachments :

  • 66 inch snowblower
  • 78 inch straight blade
  • 78 inch V-plow
  • 66 inch rotary broom

Kubota Snowblower Parts

Obtaining spare parts for a Kubota tractor that had been used as a snowblower is not normally too difficult, if a couple of suggestions are followed.

firstly is to make sure that the specific part is correct. This may sound a bit obvious, but parts and part numbers for different models can be quite similar, and may not work correctly if the wrong one is bought.

Secondly is to try and obtain a parts diagram, that shows how the part is to be fitted. This may sometimes be available from the dealership where the part is bought, or from a manual for the tractor itself available online.

These are some of the main sections wher spare parts are often needed

Safety decals

Snowblower head

Chute and deflector

Manual Chute rotation

Electric chute rotation

Electric deflector

Kubota Tractor Snowblower Models

Kubota Gr2120 Snowblower

Kubota B2750 snowblower

Kubota BX 2380 Snowblower

Kubota BX 25 Snowblower

Kubota Snowblower Shear Bolts

Kubota B2782 Snowblower

Kubota BX 2200 Snowblower

Kubota BX 2750 Snowblower Manual

Kubota RTV1100 Snowblower

Kubota Bx23 Snowblower

Kubota B260 Snowblower

Kubota Bx 1880 Snowblower

Kubota Skid Steer – Prices, Specs, Attachments, Reviews

Kubota Skid Steer

A Kubota skid steer is an incredibly powerful, yet easily manoeuvrable, piece of agricultural machinery, that can be used with a wide range of attachments to perform numerous industrial and agricultural work, on commercial lands, job sites or farms.

The skid steer is a four-wheel-drive vehicle, with lift arms immediately beside the driver’s cab, with the pivotal points being situated behind the driver’s shoulder.

Kubota have engineered a vehicle with a number of factors in mind.

The Kubota Skid Steer has an outstanding level of performance when compared with other manufacturers and models, a design of both engine and cab which makes maintenance will be simple to perform, and all routine checks  easy to perform.

It has also put much thought into the comfort and durability of the cab itself, as this is not only a major safety feature, but is also a practical reality of the operative performing the work.

Kubota Skid Steer for Sale / Price

Below are listed guide prices for new current Kubota Skid Steer models, as of December 2020, based on prices advertised by a main US Dealership :

Kubota SVL65 : US$52/58,000

Kubota SVL75 : US$57/67,000

Kubota SVL95 : US$72/82,000

Kubota SSV65 : US$41/42,000

Kubota SSV75 : US$47/47,000

There are normally significant discounts to be had on this price, especially if you are willing to shop around different dealerships.

There are normally discounts that can also be had on the servicing and maintenance plans for a skid steer, including a possible deal on transportation.

As with all Kubota  tractors and agricultural machinery, there is potential for significant savings to be made if the finance is thought through and done carefully, consistent with an approach to Kubota credit

Used Kubota Skid Steer

There area large number of used and second hand skid steer’s available, either on sites like Tractorhouse, or Machinerypete. The important thing to look for is what hours they have been used for, what sort of work they have been used for, and what type of land they have been used on.

Kubota Mini Skid Steer

People sometimes assume that the Kubota mini skid steer is a smaller version of an excavator. In fact, this is not true. The power and the versatility of the skid steer it as efficient as many wheel and track loaders, made by Kubota and other manufacturers.

The attraction of the skid steer to many people is that it can be used in fairly confined spaces, and its versatility is due to its design and build. This often gives it an added benefit over normal size and mini excavators.

The Kubota skid steers all of a similar size, although they do differ slightly. The main difference is in speed and load power.

Kubota Skid Steer SVL95

Kubota Skid Steer Quick Attach System

Kubota skid steer loaders use the universal skid steer quick attach system, along with many other major manufacturers such as John Deere, Mahindra, Ford etc.

Not only does this mean that there is a quick, safe and efficient system to use and change attachments with, it also means because it is a universal system that can be used by other makes of skid steer as well, that there are a significant number of attachments built that can be used.

This add significantly to the capability and versatility of the Kubota skid steer loaders, and enhances significantly the range and capability of the work they are able to do.

Kubota Skid Steer Problems

If buying a new Kubota skid steer, then it is worth making sure all your details are registered with the Kubota dealership, in case there are any problems or any product recall that you need to be notified of.

Otherwise Internet discussion forums such as tractorbynet and Agtalk can give a good insight into any mechanical problems that may occur, or any practical issues that people may have.

This is normally regarding things such as easy access or not to interior of the cab, other safety issues, whether to use tires or tracks, any problems relating to maintenance or accessibility of parts, and normally discussion on the ease or accessibility of controls that the operative has to use to use the skid steer

Kubota Skid Steer Attachments

The Kubota Skid Steer models, The Kubota SSV65 and theKubota SSV75 , can both have a wide range of attachments fitted, which effectively determine the work they can do.

The three main types of attachment or known as a bucket, a pallet fork and a bale spear. There are a number of smaller attachments known as an auger, a brush cutter, a broom, a breaker, a grapple, a power rake, a sweeper, a stump grinder, a snow blade, a snow blower, a Snow pusher and a tiller.

Below is a selection of attachments currently avaialble, with a brief description, and an estimated guide price :

Kubota AP-HD68LLT -68″ Heavy Duty, Teeth, Side Cutter :MSRP: $1,479.00

Kubota AP-HD68LLC- 68″ Heavy Duty, Cutting Edge, Side Cutter – MSRP: $1,480.00

Kubota AP-HD74LLT – 74″ Heavy Duty, Teeth, Side Cutter – MSRP: $1,702.00

Kubota AP-HD74LLC – 74″ Heavy Duty, Cutting Edge, Site Cutter – MSRP: $1,763.00

SGC2072 – 72″ Claw Grapple – MSRP: $4,678.00

RG3068 – 68″ Root Grapple – MSRP: $3,768.00

RG3074 – 74″ Root Grapple – MSRP: $4,169.00

UB25 – Stump Bucket – MSRP: $1,216.00

TC2536 – 36″ Skid Tree Carrier – MSRP: $1,428.00

SC2572 – 6′ Skid Cutter – MSRP: $4,369.00

SC4060 – 5′ Skid Cutter – MSRP: $4,720.00

SC4072 – 6′ Skid Cutter – MSRP: $5,572.00

PFL5548 – 48″ 5500LB Pallet Forks – MSRP: $1,181.00

PFL5560 – 60″ 5500LB Pallet Forks – MSRP: $1,510.00

RP30 – 30″ Skid Ripper – MSRP: $1,796.00

STP25 – 25 Series Tree/Post Puller – MSRP: $1,994.00

TR48 – 48″ Trencher – MSRP: $7,061.00

TH35 – Tilt Hitch – MSRP: $2,659.00

There are also a selection of trailers available

HOOPER 7′ X 20′ TRAILER – 18′ Flat 2′ Dove Tail/ Wood Floor/ 7000lb Axles/Ramps – MSRP: $4,975.00

TOW MASTER T-12D 20′ TRAILER – 20′ Ramp Trailer – MSRP: $9,795.00

TOW MASTER T12DT 20′ TRAILER – 20′ Tilt Bed Trailer  – MSRP: $10,950.00

Kubota Skid Steer Reviews

There are numerous online reviews for current and previous Kubota skid steers, ranging from Amazon to eBay, to other tractor and agricultural machinery sites.

The problem with all online reviews about any product is being able to verify that they are genuine customer reviews, both good and bad.

Manufacturers and their competitors have been known to post both good and negative reviews on certain sites in order to either boost in sales or damage to sales of the competition.

No one is suggesting that Kubota has done this, but the general climate does put a cloud over the  whole nature of reviews.

There are two solutions to this. Firstly to go to YouTube and watch reviews of Kubota skid steers, which  on the whole are unashamedly produced by Kubota dealerships.

Whilst they are unlikely to flag up any problems or defects, they do give a healthy view of what the Kubota Skid Steer is like if everything is going well.

The second placed to go is Internet forums, such as Tractorbynet, where there is a huge amount of valuable and normally unbiased opinions and experience about Kubota Skid Steers and other Kubota tractors and agricultural machinery.

Kubota Track Skid Steer

A Kubota skid Steer loader can come either with tracks or with wheels. The main reason people would choose track is the type of land that the skid Steer is going to be used on.

Given the weight of the loader, having one with tracks instead of with wheels can make work on certain types of land such as grass and soft land easier.

Having a skid steer with track does not affect its performance when compared one that uses wheels and tyres, it is easier on the land, which can make a significant difference to private grounds, garden centres and other types of land management.

Kubota Skid Steer SVL75

Kubota Skid Steer Specs

Kubota currently has two models for sale, the Kubota SSV65 and the Kubota SSV75. Both have different specs and prices as detailed below, and there are a number of older models also available, many can be bought from Kubota dealerships, others from different dealerships and online.

The Kubota SSV65 and the Kubota SSV75 both have Kubota engines that are powerful and reliable. There is a common rail system and diesel particulate filter ( DPF) muffler, and automatic regeneration system built in to keep the muffler clean and safe.

There are two multi-function levers, a left control lever and a right to control lever that lets the operative access all controls and attachment operations from the safety of the cab. This includes the main hydraulic line and the three electrical lines.

There is an optional high flow hydraulic system which is designed to be able to be used with certain attachments which may require additional hydraulic power.

There is also a dial type hand throttle available, which can be used for certain tasks that need a constant engine speed, such as cold planning, trenching and snow blowing.

There is a hydraulic driven cooling system, which allows the fan to vary its speed and maintain appropriate water and oil temperatures. This also allows the engine to more quickly when the weather is cold.

Kubota Skid Steers have a type of vertical lift design which has a self levelling function. What this means in practice is that when the attachment is raised, but self levelling function keeps the position of the bucket stable. This means there is no need to manually adjust the attachment during the process.

Both the Kubota SSV65 and the TheKubota SSV75 have features which make for an enhanced travel performance. There is a standard to speed travel option, effected by shifting from low to high gear at speeds of approximately 7 – 11 mph.

There is also an option to have Kubota shoclkess ride fitted ( KSR), both have heavy duty tires and high ground clearance.

The interior of the cab has a number of features, which make it both comfortable and safe  for the operative using the skid steer. There is clear visibility all around, including the whole of the bucket.

This means the operation can be viewed and assessed in a completely safe manner. There is a front post switch panel on both the left and right side, a 12 V power socket that can be used for recharging smartphones and other electronic prices, a suspension seat and an obligatory cupholder.

There is a rear view mirror adding to the enhanced visibility of the, an air conditioning system that allows both hot and cold to be blown through the cab, depending upon the weather conditions, and certain functions make sure the interior windows do not freeze during the winter months.

The cab itself is built with safety in mind.

There is a sliding front door for easy access at all times, an ROPS / FOPS cabin and the cab itself is pressurised to make sure that insects, dust and any other debris from the workplace environment cannot enter the cab, causing distress and possible injury to the operative.

Both the Kubota SSV65 and theKubota SSV7 require daily routine checks, as well as more routine maintenance and servicing. All the components that need to be accessed to perform these checks and maintenance can be easily accessed at all times.

These include :  engine oil filler tube, engine oil dipstick, battery, engine oil filter, diesel fuel filter cube, air cleaner indicator, a norex, coolant reserve tank, water separator, fuel filter and door lock.

The radiator and oil cooler are  mounted on top of the engine, again designed for easy access.

Kubota Skid Steer Radio

having an efficient radio system is a crucial element of being able to operate  a skid steer safely. The operative is in the cabin for significant period of time, without an ability to speak to other human beings.

In addition the visibility of a skid steer is not always great, especially when the bucket is raised to any significant height. It is important that the operative is able to communicate with people outside of the skid steer at all times, both for their safety as well as the safety of the people around them.

Doing any type of construction work has real dangers, and all the evidence and research shows that communication between people can play a major part in preventing some of the major accidents.

The skid steer should have capacity for an inbuilt radio system, and if it does not come with one, that one should be fitted as possible.

It is also good practice for there to be a controller at the other end of a radio, who can communicate with anyone operating machinery such as skid steer and excavators in the relevant work area

Kubota Skid Steer Parts

A wide range of different parts can be needed any skid Steer loader. Below are listed some of the main ones, which can normally be obtained, either through a Kubota dealership, or through a number of sites online.

If the loader is still under warranty, then it is likely that the warranty will insist that manufacturers parts be used, either to replace faulty parts, or as part of a standard servicing and maintenance plan.

If out of warranty, then aftermarket parts may be an option, but care should be taken to make sure they are a reliable and trusted source.

Air Conditioning

  • Drier

Fuel System

  • Fuel solenoid

Axles, Drives, Hub, Undercarriage

  • Hydraulic boom cylinder
  • Hydraulic tilt cylinder
  • Idler and spring
  • Track idler
  • Track roller assembly
  • Track sprocket assembly

Hydraulics

  • Hydraulic cylinder bushing
  • Hydraulic seal kit

Cab Parts/Glass

  • Cabin glass, front and center
  • Mirror kit
  • Gas Strut Spring Cylinder

Lighting

  • LED Headlights

Engine Parts

  • Crankshaft
  • Cylinder Head

Sheet Metal and Body Parts

  • Cylinder Cover
  • Engine Door
  • Step
  • Hydraulic Cylinder Cover

Filters

  • Filter outer. air element

Cooling

  • Water Pump

Weights and Brackets

  • Weight Counter

Kubota Wheel Skid Steer

A Kubota skid steer that uses wheels or tyres so simply because of the type of land is going to carry out work on.

Wheels will sink into the ground more heavily, meaning it is more suitable for work done on tarmac or other types of solid base land.

Having a skid steer that uses tyres or wheels can also be cheaper if one needs replacing, rather than having to replace an entire track system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kubota Mini Excavator – Specs, Prices, Rental, Attachments

Kubota Mini Excavator

Kubota make a wide range of construction equipment, a large part of which they describe as compact excavators, commonly referred to as mini excavators.

Although described as mini, the excavator are anything but in many ways. They combine Kubota’s legendary ability for small-scale adaptability, with a combination of powerful engines and load capacity.

The kubota mini excavator ranges from the K008, through to the U55. There are differences in terms of horsepower, engine, size and bucket capacity.

The important thing when considering which excavator to buy is the type of job it is be used for, the type of land to be used on, and how often is to be used.

Buying any type of construction equipmentis an important investment, whether it is new or used, and consideration should be given to a rental option instead.

Kubota Mini Excavator Price / For Sale

All prices come with a warning, they are a guide price only.

Any list price for any excavator should be negotiable with a dealership, and different dealerships will have different levels of discounts. Things such as attachments, servicing and maintenance plans, trade-ins, credit history etc can have an effect on the final price paid.

The current guide price of a Kubota K008 is between US$22/23,000 through to a Kubota KX080 which was an MSRP of approx US$ 114000, according to a main US Kubota dealership.

The variation in prices reflects the different power and versatility of the excavator involved, and  there is also a huge range of used mini excavators available.

These can be purchased through a number of online websites, many of them auction type, through Kubota dealerships and through private sale.

When buying a used Kubota mini excavator, the same  care should be taken as when buying any used vehicle or truck.

Check the age, the hours used, the type of work that has been used for, the type of land it has been used on and its general condition. If it is possible to obtain servicing and maintenance history, that obviously helps.

Kubota Mini Excavator Rental

There is a large Kubota mini excavator rental market, available from dealerships, and also from stores such as Home Depot. A large part of the reason for this is that many excavators are used either for one-off jobs, or on an occasional or seasonal basis.

While the rental market can be ideal for some people, there are normally quite strict restrictions on usage, condition and liabilities while the excavator is in the care of the user. Just make sure to read the small print.

Kubota Mini Excavator Models

Kubota K008

Kubota KX018

Kubota KX71

Kubota KX91

Kubota KX033

Kubota KX040

Kubota KX057

Kubota KX080

Kubota KX121

Kubota U17

Kubota U25

Kubota U27

Kubota U35

Kubota U55

Kubota Mini Excavator Craigslist

Many people like to use craigslist, in part because it offers services very easily by specific location this is the ideal for rentals, and can be useful as well for sales.

The only downside for sales is that this limits the number of excavators available, unless the purchaser is willing to go out of state. If this is the case, just make sure there is clarity about delivery and shipping costs.

Remember that craigslist is a completely open market, and treat it with a degree of caution as such.

Kubota Mini Excavator Specs

There is a huge variance in the range of Kubota mini excavators, and when deciding which one is most appropriate to buy or rent, study of its specifications is crucial. These involve the following areas:

  • Engine – output and displacement

  • Dimensions – overall length, height, width and ground clearance

  • Hydraulic system – pump capacity and auxiliary hydraulic flow

  • Drive system – travel speed, traction force, caller length etc

  • Swing system – swing speed, boom swing angle

  • Blade – dimensions, lift above and below ground

  • Lifting capacity

  • Working range

Kubota Mini Excavator Sizes

The physical size of the excavator itself can often be an important consideration, despite the specific work is intended to be used for.

The K008 is ideally small enough to be used for some internal building work as well as external, and can fit through most standard doorways (sometimes with a bit of a push) and has a foldable ROPS to help you do this.

Apart from the physical size of the mini excavator, its size in terms of horsepower and lifting capacity are also factors that need to be taken into account and judged depending upon the type of work that will be used for.

Kubota Mini Excavator Attachments

Kubota make a wide range of different excavator attachments, most of which are listed below. Quick couplesr are ideal for attaching and detaching implements, using either a two hole quick coupler, a three hole quick coupler or an hydraulic quick coupler.

These can generally be broken down into the following general areas, with a more detailed list below :

  • Blades

  • Booms

  • Breakers

  • Brooms

  • Buckets

  • Carriers

  • Cutters

  • Forks

  • Graders

  • Grapples

  • Grinders

  • Hitches

  • Landscape rakes

  • Planers

  • Posthole digger’s

  • Pullers

  • Rippers

  • Seeders

  • Silage defacers

  • Snowblowers

  • Snow pushers

  • Tillers

  • Trenchers

and  a more detailed list below

  • Hydraulic thumb kit

  • Hydraulic breakers

  • Flail brush shredder

  • 24 inch frost ripper

  • Grading blade

  • Solid trinr grapple

  • Excavating rake

  • Vibratory Compactor

  • Compaction wheel

  • Hydraulic auger

  • Travel alarms

  • Canopy light kits

  • Strobe light kit

  • Mirror kit for cabins

  • Block heater kits

  • Steel track kits

  • Wide steel tracks/dozer blade extension kit

  • Additional counterweight kit

  • Brush guard kit

  • Two-way service support kit

  • Seat Belt kits

  • Travel pedal kit

  • Radios

 

Kubota Mini Excavator Buckets

Buckets are a crucial element of all excavator work. Kubota mini excavator buckets come in different sizes, depending upon the excavator being used.

  • Trenching buckets – two types :

  • Pin on trenching bucket 8 inches/36 inches

  • Quick attach trenching bucket 9 inch/36 inch

  • Ditch cleaning/Grading buckets -pin on and quick attach, 36 inch/60 inch

  • Tilt grading buckets, quick attach – 36 inch/54 inch

  • Cemetery bucket – 36 inch

Kubota Mini Excavator Weight

How much  a mini excavator weighs is an important consideration in a couple of main respects.

Firstly, transportation. The weight of the excavator may not determine which one is bought or rented, but should be a consideration of how the excavator is transported to and from any workplace where it is to be used.

Obviously, the heavier the machine, the stronger the trailer or truck loader carrier that will be needed. Using any traler or carrier that is not specifically designed to carry such weights is likely to result in significant damage to the excavator, the trailer, and possible injury to anyone driving such a load.

As a guide, Kubota list the operating weight of an excavator in its specifications chart, as a guide only, and including an estimate operators weight. This should give some indication of the type of transportation needed.

The other consideration is the type of land used on. Any heavy excavator needs to be used on land that is sufficiently hard that provide a reliable and safe surface is. Also if the land is not flat and has significant slopes or hills, then there is specific guidance of angle it is safe to use the excavator on such land

Bear in mind that the risk of turning over an excavator can be quite high, and this risk increases significantly when it is used on land that is not flat.

Kubota Mini Excavator Controls

If not familiar with a Kubota mini excavator, then it’s important to spend time familiarising oneself with the different controls that are available to any operative when using the machine.

It is best to consult the operating manual which gives detailed information on all the different types of controls and what they do.

Kubota make a point of putting all the important controls within easy reach of the operative, making them clear and easy to understand, and building in important types of safety features .

The controls may give a choice between ISO and SAE control patterns. They are likely to show a coolant temperature gauge, and possibly other technical information the operative requires

There will be controls allowing for changes in speed of travel, and controls allowing for adjustable track width and control of the blade.

There will be controls, normally pedal operated that allows for operating the boom and its swing.

Kubota Mini Excavator Parts

Below are listed some of the main parts that are often needed for a Kubota mini excavator, some of which can be aftermarket parts, depending upon the warranty, and others will need to be manufacturer made parts :

  • Sprocket

  • Roller aftermarket final drive

  • Case Idler

  • Tension idler

  • Undercarriage with tracks

  • Rubber tracks

  • Track and sprocket combo

  • Bottom track roller

  • Steel tracks and rubber pads

  • Steel track group with rubber pads

  • Loader rubber tracks

  • Bottom track roller

  • Upper roller

  • Aftermarket drive motor

  • Replacement tension idler

  • Front idler

  • Other carrier roller

  • Lower roller

Kubota Mini Excavator Reviews

There are lots of reviews of Kubota mini excavators available online, but it is a good idea to have a sense of which one person is most interested in before getting into detailed reviews.

You Tube is often quite a good place to start, as there is a mix of dealership and personal videos available.

Dealership videos are good in a show the excavator at his best, and personal videos are also good because they give someone to individual experience, both good and bad.

Equally there are a number of discussion forums online as tractor by net, and other tractor sites, which have sections on construction equipment.

These are normally carry detailed discussions relating to all types of construction and excavator equipment. If there are likely to be any significant issues with an excavator, they are likely to be flagged up here.

When looking at reviews, it is important to distinguish between real and actual problems with the excavator itself, comparisons between the Kubota mini excavator and other models, and problems that an individual may have had because they chose to buy or rent the wrong model.

It can also be helpful as a given insight into how helpful a particular dealership was or is, although they are not normally named.

 

 

 

 

Kubota Backhoe : Parts, Attachments, Prices

Kubota backhoe

A backhoe on a Kubota tractor refers to what is essentially a digging arm that is used for a variety of different types of excavation work. The Kubota range of backhoe tractors are referred to as their TLB range, which stands for tractor loader backhoe.

This can include the Kubota B26, the Kubota L47 and the Kubota M62

A backhoe would normally be associated with an excavator, although Kubota had engineered a range of highly efficient tractors that can also carry a wide range of different types of backhoe and do different types of excavation work.

The backhoe on a Kubota tractor is known as a curved backhoe boom and is specifically designed to help avoid certain large obstacles such as rocks went digging with the boom. It is also designed to allow ease of manoeuvrability when placing the contents of the bucket in the center of a truck bed.

Kubota backhoe – design

A Kubota backhoe has been designed to specifically protect and display the various hydraulic hoses connected from the tractor through the arm. The design is intended to keep the various houses is safe and clear of other obstacles as possible.

Also they are much clearer to see thereby making it easier to see if there are any problems or they need repairing anyway.

The Kubota backhoe hydraulic cylinders are chrome plated, the primary advantage of this being that they are less prone to rust.

This can be a major issue for all types of agricultural equipment, especially on a Kubota TLB where the nature of the work means it is likely to be done in all weathers and in all types of terrain.

Kubota Backhoe – features

A Kubota TLB has what is known as a 20.3 angle of departure, which effectively means that the TLB backhoe stays relatively clear of the ground all the time.

This is really important from a practical point of view, because it allows easy or easier manoeuvrability from the backhoe and bucket to various trailers, and also when moving the TLB and its backhoe from one job to another.

One of the best features of a Kubota TLB tractor is that it has a reversible seat. When doing work of this nature a reversible seat is absolutely crucial.

It allows the operative of the TLB backhoe tractor to physically manoeuvre themselves into such a position that they have total visibility and control over the work they are doing with the backhoe.

The Kubota range of TLB’s will also include an important range of stabiliser lifting capacity.

This is a really important feature of increasing balance and making sure that the TLB is as stable as it is possible to be. Given the nature of excavation work and the nature of the type of terrain that a TLB be is likely to be used on this is very important.

Kubota backhoe – attachment

People sometimes think of attachments almost as optional extras. In a sense they are, but with a Kubota backhoe, this can be a slightly misleading impression.

The backhoe is an integral part of any tractor, and its design and usage is carefully linked to the overall design, maintenance and functioning of the tractor itself.

A backhoe will have very specific capabilities, including a specific weight, a transport height, a digging depth, a leading height, a bucket rotation, a bucket force and a dipperstick force.

Kubota backhoe price

If buying a backhoe as a separate attachment, it is important to make sure that it isn’t the right hitch, as some can be three-point and some can be four point.

It is also worth checking the size of the bucket that is wanted. Some packets can be 8 inch, some 10 inch, some 12 inch with some going up to 38 inch.

Prices for a backhoe can range from US dollars 5000 up to  US$14/15 000.

The price of a bucket can range from about this dollars 600 for a 10 inch bucket through to US$1 500 for a 38 inch bucket.

If buying online,  make sure that shipping costs are included in whatever price is quoted, avoid these can add a significant amount to the overall paid.

Kubota backhoe craigslist

Many people look to buy a variety of  kubota attachments including a backhoe on craigslist. In part, this is because it is very easy to use, and in part because it is easier to see what is available to buy on a geographical basis.

This can make transportation and cost of transportation of items a real deciding factor.

The only caution against craigslist is that it is an open marketplace, and there is no guarantee about the seller or the condition of the attachment being brought.

It can sometimes be a better deal to buy through an authorised dealer or online site like Tractorhouse, which have a reputable following, many of which include free shipping in all their prices.