Kubota launches two 1-2t minis at Samoter

By Murray Pollok25 February 2011

The KX016-4 mini excavator, one of the two new minis launched by Kubota at Samoter 2011.

The KX016-4 mini excavator, one of the two new minis launched by Kubota at Samoter 2011.

Kubota has unveiled two mini excavators in the 1 - 2 t class at the Samoter exhibition in Verona, Italy this week. This size is a popular one for the equipment rental sector where Kubota has a very strong position.

The new KK016-4 and KX019-4 models - which will be available from April onwards - replace the ‘dash-3' models KX36-3 and KX41-3S.

Kubota told IRN that the 1615 kg operating weight KX016-4 has been developed for both the rental market and general end-users in the 1-1.5 t class. The larger, 1855 kg KX019-4 is a "high-end model to reach the performance of a 2 t class machine...It has been designed not only as digging machine but also as tool carrier."

Both models have variable track widths and autoshift travel as standard. The KX016-4 has a 9.6 kW Kubota D782-BH engine while the KX019-4 uses a bigger 11.8 kW Kubota D902-BH unit.

Maximum bucket digging force on the smaller model is 12.7 kW, rising to 7.8 kW on its big brother. Maximum bucket digging depths are 2.25 m and 2.58 m, respectively, on the two models.

A "user-friendly" digital panel is positioned to the front right corner of the operator, offering one touch button operation to check the time, hour meter and tachometer. The KX019-4 also features, as standard, thumb operated proportional controls with adjustable maximum flow rates for the auxiliary power line.

Like many of the latest generation minis the boom cylinder is located in upper side of boom and hydraulic hoses for travel motors are routed inside of track frame. Both machines are available as both canopy and cab versions.

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