Kubota Introduces a Class-Leading Heavyweight
- 16 May 2006
- Company & Industry News
Kubota has extended its mini excavator range with the introduction of
the short tail swing KX080-3. It's a high performance 8 tonne machine
that offers comprehensive state-of-the-art technology as standard. The
new model was previewed at SED 2006, prior to its official UK launch
It provides class-leading performance; with exceptional safety,
durability, reliability, versatility and comfort, together with low
running costs and ease of servicing.
Standard features include Kubota's unique key-based 'ANTI-THEFT'
system to combat the increasing theft of construction plant, and a new
adjustable maximum oil flow on the auxiliary circuit to optimise the
use of attachments.
Kubota is the UK, European and world leader in mini excavators and
already provides the widest range of minis available from a single
With the introduction of the KX080-3 customers can now select from 18
base models, spanning the weight range from 850 kg to 8 tonnes, and
including the increasingly popular zero tail swing machines.
The KX080-3 offers a well-balanced arm and bucket to provide the operator with unparalleled digging force. This allows it to dig faster and more efficiently, in the toughest conditions.
It delivers a reduced rear tail swing radius that takes it into the
tightest spots, coupled with improved machine stability. The rear
overhang features cast-iron protectors to significantly reduce the
chances of damage to the machine when working in restricted space.
The steel-core positioning and lug pattern on the rubber crawler has
been designed to achieve a long working life and give outstanding
durability and lower vibration when travelling.
Engine & Fuel System
It is powered by the Kubota V3800DI large displacement direct
injection engine which, combined with the ultra-efficient hydraulic
system, maximises the digging force and minimises noise levels, fuel
consumption and exhaust emissions.
Kubota's Auto Idling System is fitted as standard. When high engine
RPM isn't needed, or when control levers are left in neutral for
longer than four seconds, it automatically reduces the engine to
An electric refuelling pump, fitted as standard, includes an auto-stop
function that reduces spillage and increases safety. The fuel tank can
be completely filled in approximately three minutes.
The undercarriage has a 450mm rubber track, an upper track roller and
five single-flange track rollers on each track. There's also a
two-speed travel switch on the dozer lever.
The KX080-3 is the first mini/midi excavator to offer adjustable
maximum oil flow on the auxiliary circuit (SP1). This unique feature,
in conjunction with the Kubota Intelligent Control System, allows the
oil flow to operate according to the attachment in use.
With this system the operator can select either double or
Oil flow rate on SP1 is changed by the push of a switch, without the
need for tools or additional manual adjusting procedures. It
simplifies the use of attachments, which are highly sensitive to
incorrect flow rates, and prevents damage caused by incorrect pressure
settings during maximum performance.
There's also a new auxiliary hydraulic third line return and a second
auxiliary circuit (SP2) for accessories. A load-sensing hydraulic
system ensures smooth operation, regardless of load size. As a result,
fuel consumption is reduced and greater overall operating performance
It has a ROPS/FOPS approved cabin with vastly improved rear-side
visibility and a hydraulic controls locking system and slew motor
timer brake fitted as standard.
To prevent theft it features the new, unique Kubota 'ANTI-THEFT'
system. The easy-to-use security device is the first of its kind to be
fitted as standard by an excavator manufacturer.
It's based on an individually programmed key for each machine that
replaces the traditional universal starter key. Each unique key has an
identification code embedded in an IC chip that incorporates a
state-of-the-art immobiliser system.
The key starts and stops the engine like a conventional ignition key,
and also opens the machine's cab door, fuel filler cap and engine
canopy. Without it, the fuel, hydraulic and electric systems are fully
immobilised and any attempt to start the machine with an un-programmed
key activates the system's alarm.
Other safety features include an engine start safety system on the
left console; travel motor and swivel motor with disc brake, overload
warning buzzer and an anti-drop valve on the boom.
There are auxiliary hydraulic circuit pipings for both SP1 and SP2 to
the arm end, as well as two working lights on the cabin and one on the
boom, plus a 2100mm arm as UK standard.
Easy access is provided to all the critical service points, which are
conveniently located underneath three bonnets. There are also longer
intervals for greasing.
Excellent operator comfort is provided, with air conditioning fitted
as standard. The spacious cabin has low noise levels and progressive finger-touch type auxiliary hydraulic controls.
Also as standard, there's a weight adjustable, high-back, full
suspension deluxe seat, hydraulic pilot control levers with wrist
rests, travel levers with foot pedals, cabin heaters for defrosting
and demisting, front window power-assisted with gas damper, a 12V
power source for radio-stereo, two speakers, radio antenna, wiring
harness, radio location and a cup holder.
Said Kubota (UK) Ltd - Construction Equipment Sales and Marketing
Manager, Richard Harrison: "The KX080-3 incorporates an enormous
array of advanced high-tech features and equipment that all come as
standard, providing exceptional value-for-money. Designed to boost
productivity and increase operator safety and comfort, it is now our
largest mini and we expect it to become as popular with customers as
are all the other smaller models in the range."
Kubota machines are known and respected for their reliability,
durability, excellent residual values and appetite for hard work
within industries ranging from civil engineering to plant hire,
utilities to landscaping and house building to grounds maintenance.
"New models, such as the KX080-3, and continuing enhancements to our
existing world-leading product range, combined with the strength of
our nationwide dealer network, should help ensure our continuing
leadership of the mini excavator market for many years to come", added
Sales & Marketing Manager.
Kubota (UK) Ltd -
Oxfordshire, OX9 3UN.
Tel: 01844 214500.
Fax: 01844 216685.