Kubota Skid Steer Loaders
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
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 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 Landscape Rakes
Kubota Post Hole Diggers
Kubota Snow Pushers
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.
Roller aftermarket final drive
Undercarriage with 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
Aftermarket drive motor
Replacement tension idler
Other carrier 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 Tractor Manuals
Kubota Service Manuals
Kubota Engines Manuals
Kubota Owners Manuals
Kubota Repair Manuals
Kubota Parts Manual
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.
- Fuel solenoid
Axles, Drives, Hub, Undercarriage
- Hydraulic boom cylinder
- Hydraulic tilt cylinder
- Idler and spring
- Track idler
- Track roller assembly
- Track sprocket assembly
- Hydraulic cylinder bushing
- Hydraulic seal kit
- Cabin glass, front and center
- Mirror kit
- Gas Strut Spring Cylinder
- LED Headlights
- Cylinder Head
Sheet Metal and Body Parts
- Cylinder Cover
- Engine Door
- Hydraulic Cylinder Cover
- Filter outer. air element
- 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.