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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needs more power, they just push on the accelerator. When you do that with ours, the power goes away. When you're driving a vehicle with a hydrostatic transmission on an in- cline or grade and you need extra power, you always ease back on the pedal and the transmission will kick in and give you that power to climb a hill. This type of transmission lowers engine RPMs, improves fuel economy and increases the machine's overall durability." During my test drive, I had the opportunity to experience the hydrostatic transmission. Despite Gifford warning me about the need to let off the pedal ahead of time, I instinc- tively hit the gas going up a steep hill. Luckily, he was rid- ing shotgun, told me to ease up and sure enough the RTV- X1120 handled that hill without a problem. I tested it out on several more hills for good measure (it's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it). "When discussing the RTV-X1120 with someone, we really try to educate them on how to run this type of transmission," he said. "That's the biggest learning curve when operating it." Next up was checking out the RTV-X1120's dynamic brak- ing system. Prior to my test drive, Gifford discussed the sys- tem and how it's designed to create a more utility-focused UTV. "We designed the machine to brake when you let off of the gas pedal. When you let off on it, the pressure actually keeps working so you're using the wheels, the axles and the whole drive system to give you the extra braking power to create a stable stop. This is a pure utility vehicle. It's a work- ing machine that's designed to operate on those demanding sites." Gifford pointed out that the transmission and braking system (a feature also derived from Kubota's tractor back- ground) work in tandem to make the RTV-X1120 a more work focused vehicle. "Since the RTV-X1120 has the hydro- static transmission, the operator doesn't have to put a lot of pressure on the brakes," he said. "If you're moving material around the jobsite, it's a huge benefit." I gave the dynamic braking system quite a workout throughout my test drive, especially in the earlier portion of it as I got comfortable with the vehicle. Hesitation kicked in around some bumpy terrain, causing me to let off the pedal and engage the braking system, but Gifford assured me I could roll over curbs, larger rocks and whatever else came our way. Yep, he was right. I was able to maneuver over all those obstacles without a skip in my step. Easy peasy. Gifford also discussed the RTV-X1120's hydraulic power steering — a unique feature in the RTV Series. This type of steering was selected to help minimize operator fatigue and boost productivity. Bonus points for the steering wheel be- ing tilt-adjustable, allowing drivers to set the perfect angle for their comfort. "With fully hydraulic power steering, you won't experi- ence kickback when going over curbs or other bumps like you would with other machines," he said. "The wheel on the RTV-X1120 won't move. It will actually withstand the hydraulic pressure, and you won't have that steering wheel kickback. This really enhances the operation of the machine. "If you're on a jobsite moving dirt and materials around all day, that kickback would eventually cause fatigue in your arms. That is not going to happen here. Our power steering KUBOTA My colleague Todd Miller got to experience the RTV-X1120's hydraulic bed lift firsthand. 24 Compact Equipment JUNE 2018 OPERATIONAL ADVICE By Roger Gifford, Product Marketing Manager When operating the RTV-X1120 Series or any RTV-X Series machine, always keep in mind you are operating compact tractor technology versus power sports technology. This simply means when extra performance is needed, like when climbing hills, ease back on the speed control pedal to allow the VHT-X (hydrostatic transmission) to deliver the torque needed to the wheels. This operation is the same as oper- ating a hydrostatic tractor.

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