|Kubota KX080-3 Excavator|
|Pro-Mac Weed Whacker|
|Zero tail swing|
|Side Door Open|
Kubota has been building small equipment for quite a few years. I first heard of them for producing mini farm tractors with all the classic features of larger tractors but small enough to fit in a garden. Gradually over the years they have made larger and larger tractors and now offer them up to 139 HP.
Kubota has followed a similar strategy in the construction equipment market, starting with mini-excavators and then progressively making larger models. While 'mini-excavators' traditionally are classed as those under 10,000 lbs, beginning in 2007 Kubota began producing a 'midi' excavator that weighs in at over 18,000 lbs, which you see here.
It has all the features that you would expect of a full sized excavator. It comes with a full ROPS/FOPS cab, that is fully enclosed with a heater and air conditioner standard. It is powered by a Kubota 70 hp diesel engine. Full specs are here.
The articulated boom is one of the standard features on this machine as shown in the 2nd photo. This allows for digging against obstructions or otherwise work in restricted areas. For loggers it's something because you can set a culvert without leaving the road which may be significant in steep ground.
Kubota really makes a premium quality machine. This smaller excavator has everything. It's got a chip in the Key security system making it for all practical purposes theft proof because without the key you can't turn on the computer and without the computer the computer controlled everything doesn't work. IT has a smooth and quiet 4 cylinder Kubota engine tucked in behind the cab crossways in the back. IN a very conventional configuration the 3 radiators are on the right side (as you stand behind it) and the hydraulic pump is direct coupled to the engine with the air cleaner and the muffler above it.
The hydraulic tank, fuel tank, spool assembly, and battery are in the right hand side compartment beside the cab. the control panel is inside the cab beside the seat. It has heater, air conditioner, windshield wipers, removable front windows, lockable door, and lockable butterflies on the rear and side. A toggle under the seat determines the operation pattern of the joysticks. It comes with 2 AUX hydraulic circuits--one of which is used by the thumb. One of the circuits is of a higher capacity that the other with the larger one meeting the needs of the Weed Whacker which is actually a 36" Pro-Mac brush cutter.
Also offered for this machine is a rotating clam bucket. It is spendy, but boy is it nimble. If you want to pull weeds or scotch broom, or stack rocks it will do it.