Compact Equipment

JUN 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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Page 22 of 47 23 tility vehicles, or UTVs for short, have been gain- ing popularity throughout the construction in- dustry thanks to their ability to move materials and people around a jobsite efficiently and for less cost than a traditional pickup truck. Add on the fact these vehicles can take attachments and, well, that's just icing on the cake. While UTVs pack a productive punch, they're also just plain fun to drive. So, when I was tasked (I use that term loosely) with visiting Kubota for our Operator Issue, I gladly booked my ticket to its corporate headquarters in Grapevine, Texas. There, product marketing manager Roger Gifford spoke about the company's latest model, the RTV-X1120, and then let myself and my colleague Todd Miller take the wheel. Together we learned all about the vehicle's features and experienced firsthand what makes the RTV-X1120 a true workhorse. "The new RTV-X1120 models are Kubota's most well- equipped utility vehicles at the best price among its competition," said Gifford. "They're designed for the commercial customers who use these machines for heavy-duty work every day." The first two features Gifford discussed were the RTV- X1120's engine and transmission. Naturally, he gushed a little over the vehicle's Kubota-branded 24.8-hp die- sel and hydrostatic transmission (a feature brought over from the company's tractors). "We're a compact tractor manufacturer. We built our company on compact technology," said Gifford. "When it came time to build the RTV-X1120, we built it on what we knew best — a diesel engine and a hydrostatic transmission. A lot of manufacturers in this industry use a CVT transmission, so this is where we really start to vary from our competition. By going to a hydrostatic transmission, you give the vehicle better working capa- bility and more durability so you can handle those de- manding worksites. "The real big difference in this type of transmission is it changes how the driver operates it," he continued. "If someone is driving a UTV with a conventional CVT and Learn What Makes the New RTV-X1120 the Perfect Utility-Focused Vehicle Todd and I enjoyed our day test driving the RTV-X1120. OPERATION KUBOTA MISSION U

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