Two New Compact Excavators from Kubota

Kubota Tractor Corporation has announced two new additions to its excavator lineup: the K008-5 conventional tail swing excavator and the new U10-5 minimal tail swing excavator. The K008-5, with various upgrades, will replace the -3 model on the Kubota roster, while the U10-5 takes a new spot in the U Series minimal tail swing lineup. Both new excavator models will be available at Kubota dealerships early this spring, the company reports.

Kubota’s new U10-5 compact excavator.

The K008-5 and U10-5 offer easy, single-level maneuverability with hydraulic adjustable track widths that can quickly contract to easily fit through tight spaces. On the K008-5, the tracks adjust down to 2 ft. 4 in.; the U10-5 contracts to 2 ft. 6 in. When the operator wants to widen the tracks, the tracks widen out to 2 ft. 10 in. and 3 ft. 3 in., respectively.

The new compact excavators also feature wide working and digging ranges for their compact frames: The K008-5 has a working range that includes a digging depth of 5 ft. 8 in. and a bucket breakout force of 2,205 lbs. The U10-5 extends to a 5 ft. 11 in. digging depth with a bucket breakout force of 2,337 lbs.

Additional features on the new models include:

  • Clean, hose-free boom lines: The hydraulic hoses are hidden and protected inside the boom, leading to less excavator downtime.
  • Heavier frames for solid positioning: Kubota has added weight to both new excavator models for more solid positioning in the operator station – the K008-5 sits at 2315 lbs., while the U10-5 has a heavier frame at 2646 lbs.
  • Travel speed: The engine gross horsepower for both excavators comes in at 10.3 hp, offering travel speed at 2.5 miles/hr.
  • Easy operation: Both new models are two-speed excavators; the two-speed travel pedal allows the operator to easily switch between high and low gear.
  • Two pattern control: Both models feature both ISO and SAE operational patterns, which are easily changeable to the operator’s preference.

“Our new excavators are ideal for tight, confined spaces, and with the U10-5 being a minimal tail swing model and both excavators featuring retractable tracks, they are ready to work in even the narrowest spaces on the job site,” says Patrick Baker, Kubota construction equipment product manager. “With the new K008-5 and U10-5, we now have a broad offering of 13 compact excavator models across the 1-to-8-ton weight classes, and now feature more flexibility among the conventional and minimal tail swing lines. All of our -5 generation models are solidly engineered and outfitted with more customization to keep customers working efficiently and comfortably.

“The U10-5 is Kubota’s answer to the rental or professional customer, for example, who requires a compact excavator in the 0–1-ton range, but in a more compact frame with minimal tail swing to be more nimble and agile than ever before for both residential and commercial work,” Baker adds. “The U10-5 provides superior flexibility when working in tight spaces with very minimal overhang at 0.6 of an inch over the tracks, ensuring excellent balance, stability, and fast operation. It truly is the ideal model for working in compact spaces.”


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