Compact Equipment

JUL 2018

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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www.compactequip.com 69 K ubota has decades of experience in the mini excavator category, but in 2018 the company introduced the new U27-4 tight tail swing excava- tor. The U27-4 features adjustable auxiliary flow hydraulics, an auxiliary diverter valve, two-speed automatic downshift travel, as well as best-in-class reach and dig depth, says Kubota. The company also notes that the new U27-4 boasts one of the largest operator stations in its class with a tight tail swing design. An enclosed cab option with heat is also available for the new U27-4. The tight tail swing design on the U27-4 allows the compact exca- vator to maneuver and work in tight spaces where larger equipment can't fit. The new excavator features powerful digging force combined with the ability to simultaneously operate the pilot-controlled hydraulic functions, making the workday more efficient and productive. The U27-4 is powered by a Kubota Tier 4 Final diesel engine, which is designed to minimize noise and vibration. Also new in 2018, Kubota introduced the KX033-4 with extendable dipper arm. The new KX033-4 weighs in as a 3-ton-class machine yet boasts the reach and dig depth of a heavier weight class. Ideal for those hard-to-reach areas, the KX033-4's optional extendable dipper arm can be quickly and easily ex- tended up to 31 in., boosting productivity as well as efficiency. Its impressive capabilities include a digging depth of 12 ft, 2 in. and a digging reach of 18 ft, 3 in. The KX033-4 is powered by Kubota's direct injection diesel engine that is engineered with the power to maximize digging and lift- ing performance while it minimizes noise, vibration and fuel consump- tion. The KX033-4 auto-downshift fea- ture automatically downshifts from high to low, depending on traction and terrain, allowing smoother operation when dozing and turn- ing. When the auto idling system is engaged and control levers are in neutral for more than four seconds, the engine will automatically idle; if the operator moves any lever, the rpm immediately returns. The standard auto idling system lowers noise and exhaust emissions and also reduces operating cost and fuel consumption. Model Engine Horsepower Net HP Max. Digging Depth Max. Reach At Ground Level Bucket Breakout Force Operating Weight (Ground Pressure) K008-3T4 10.1 hp 5 ft, 8 in. 9 ft, 11 in. 2,200 lbs 2,200 lbs (3.55 psi) U17 15.2 hp 7 ft, 8 in. 12 ft, 8.4 in. 3,417 lbs 3,703 lbs (3.8 psi) KX018-4 15.2 hp 7 ft, 7 in. 12 ft, 9 in. 3,594 lbs 3,747 lbs (3.7psi) U27-4 20 hp 9 ft, 3.6 in. 15 ft, 4 in. 5,765 lbs 5,625 lbs (3.6 psi) KX71-3S 24.4 hp 9 ft, 9 in. 16 ft 6,350 lbs 6,305 lbs (4 psi) KX033-4 23.9 hp 10 ft, 6 in. 16 ft, 10 in. 8,138 lbs 7,420 lbs (4.36 psi) KX033-4 Angle Blade 23.9 hp 10 ft, 6 in. 16 ft, 10 in. 8,138 lbs 7,781 lbs (4.58 psi) U35-4 23.9 hp 9 ft, 10.8 in. 16 ft, 1.3 in. 7,924 lbs 8,129 lbs (4.89 psi) U35-4 Angle Blade 23.9 hp 9 ft, 8.9 in. 16 ft, 11.3 in. 7,924 lbs 8,129 lbs (5 psi) KX040-4 40.9 hp 11 ft, 3.6 in. 17 ft, 10.8 in. 9,535 lbs 9,195 lbs (4.53 psi) KX040-4 Angle Blade 40.9 hp 11 ft, 2.6 in. 17 ft, 9 in. 9,535 lbs 9,545 lbs (4.70 psi) KX040-4 6-in-1 Blade 40.9 hp 11 ft, 2.6 in. 17 ft, 9 in. 9,535 lbs 9,900 lbs (4.87 psi) U55-4 47.6 hp 11 ft, 1.2 in. 19 ft, 6 in. 11,177 lbs 11,915 lbs (4.42 psi) U55-4 Angle Blade 47.6 hp 11 ft, 10 in. 19 ft, 6 in. 11,177 lbs 11,915 lbs (4.58 psi) KX057-4 47.6 hp 12 ft, 9.6 in. 20 ft 11,177 lbs 12,200 lbs (4.54 psi) KX057-4 Angle Blade 45.2 hp 12 ft, 8.2 in. 20 ft 11,177 lbs 12,200 lbs (4.69 psi) KX080-4S 62.3 hp 15 ft, 1 in. 23 ft, 6.3 in. 14,660 lbs 18,280 lbs (5.22 psi) KX080-4S Angle Blade 62.3 hp 15 ft, 1 in. 23 ft, 6.3 in. 14,660 lbs 19,200 lbs (5.47 psi) Kubota New Units Include the U27-4 Tight Tail Swing and KX033-4 with Extendable Dipper Arm kubotausa.com Advice to Buyers "A compact excavator is only limited by its dig depth and lifting capacity. As a rule, proj- ects requiring a trench 12 ft or less in depth are a good fit for compact excavators. It's im- portant to look at a jobsite as a whole and assess what size ex- cavator you'll need," explains Jeff Jacobsmeyer, Kubota prod- uct manager for excavators, TLBs and wheel loaders. "Many manufacturers offer a variety of choices and provide features that were not available to com- pact excavators 10 years ago." E X C A V A T O R S

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