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Kubota Mini Excavator

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 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.