Kubota R30 Series

“The R30-Series continues our commitment to high performance in a compact footprint while increasing our ability to meet the power needs of a wider variety of applications,” said Paul Manger, Kubota product marketing director, construction equipment. “It’s exactly what our customers would expect from Kubota’s expansion in construction.”

The R530 is the most compact of the new R30-Series. Feature a 51 horsepower engine, the R530 is larger in size than the prior model with a larger bucket and a maximum bucket breakout force of 7,761 pounds. The R630 is Kubota’s first entry into the 60-80 horsepower range, raising the standard for Kubota wheel loader performance, and opening up new markets and extended applications. With a 64.4 horsepower engine, the R630 delivers a maximum bucket breakout force of 10,415 pounds. Both models are available with ROPS / FOPS certified canopy or new air conditioned cab.

Kubota R630 Wheel Loader

Kubota’s versatile R30-Series offers strength, comfort, and superior operator benefits. Each model has a high-quality air-conditioned cab, wider entrance for maximum operator space, full suspension seat, and improved visibility. The cab offers lower noise levels, and a lower cab height allows Kubota’s R30-Series wheel loaders to fit in tighter spaces and under eaves.

Both R30-Series models are equipped with a hydrostatic transmission (HST), and the R630 features an E-HST (electronic) transmission with four modes – normal mode, attachment mode, power and Eco-modes. Normal mode is compatible with everyday load and carry operations. In attachment mode, the operator can independently control travel speed from flow to the attachments. To save on fuel, Eco-mode conserves fuel up to 15 percent over other modes, while power mode exchanges travel speed for an increase of about 40 percent in traction power to excavate or attack a hard packed pile with ease.

The new R30-Series expands attachment selection with a new hydraulic skid steer style quick coupler and a hydraulic Euro-style coupler. A wide variety of Kubota attachments are available for both models. The R30’s hybrid link system provides the best features of the parallel link system and the Z-bar link system, enhancing pallet fork operation, and allowing Kubota customers to enjoy exceptional breakout force to power through tough applications.

Kubota SSV

Kubota Tractor Corporation has announced the addition of two rubber tire skid-steer loaders to their construction equipment lineup for 2015. The new SSV65 and SSV75 skid-steer-loaders are built from the ground up by Kubota and feature Kubota-built Tier 4 Final diesel engines.

Preliminary specifications (subject to change) rate the SSV65 at 64 engine horsepower, with a 1,950 lb. rated operating capacity and 4,839 lb-ft. breakout force. The more powerful SSV75 comes in at 74.3 horsepower, with a 2,630 lb. rated operating capacity and 5,884 lb-ft. breakout force.

Both the SSV65 and SSV75 will be available with an innovative overhead front door, which allows for easy access to the operator station regardless of the position of the loader or the materials in front of the equipment. Other features include multi-function handles for high-flow machines, a side light feature, and optional high-flow hydraulics.

Kubota SSV65 and SSV75

The SSV65 and SSV75 mark the first entry for Kubota into the skid-steer loader market, but Kubota is no newcomer to the construction equipment market. The SSV series will be sold along side Kubota’s track loaders, excavators, wheel loaders, and construction TLBs. Kubota’s direct experience with compact loaders is also signifanct, having launched the SVL compact track loader in 2010, and achieved success with that product line.

During Kubota’s press briefing at the 2014 Kubota Dealer Meeting in Nashville, TN, Kubota Corporation president Masatoshi Kimata said that Kubota currently sells approximately 3,000 units per year of the SVL series. “I strongly believe we can recreate this wonderful success again with the skid-steer loader.

For landscapers questioning why a Kubota skid steer would be relevant to them, John Ryan, construction equipment product manager for the company, wants them to think about what their current machine offers.

“A lot of competitors already use a Kubota engine,” he said. “(With the SSL-Series) you're getting a Kubota from the ground up, and you're getting quality.”

Ryan said the Kubota skid steers offer many features, but one most relevant to landscape contractors is two speed travel, which is standard on the SSL-Series.

“That's very important for them because they're always on the go, and time is money for them,” he said. “They need to get the job done quickly.”

Kubota recognizes the importance of the skid-steer loader product line, which spans multiple markets and has many overlapping customers with Kubota’s existing landscape and construction customers, as well as the agricultural customers they hope to earn with the new M7-series mid-range ag tractor line. To that effect, Mr. Kimata said, “The skid-steer loader is used not only in the construction market but simultaneously for the agriculture market.”

With the launch of the SSV65 and SSV75, Kubota will cover nearly 50% of the skid-steer loader market. In the future, Kubota plans to roll out additional skid-steer loader models to cover more of the market, but the initial size and horsepower offerings appears to be a smart strategic move to reach a large number of potential customers with just two models.

The SSV65 and SSV75 will go on sale in mid-2015.