Kubota Tractor Corporation recently added two new excavators to its lineup: the K008-5 conventional tail swing excavator and the all-new U10-5 minimal tail swing excavator.
These new construction product announcements lead the company’s 2022 product rollouts, and while the K008-5 will replace the -3 model with various upgrades, the U10-5 takes an all-new spot in the U Series minimal tail swing lineup. Both new models will be available at authorized Kubota dealerships early this spring.
The K008-5 and U10-5 offer single-level maneuverability with hydraulic adjustable track widths that contract to fit through tight spaces easily like doorways, fence gates, inside buildings, hallways, elevators and more.
On the K008-5, the tracks adjust down to 2 feet and 4 inches, and the U10-5 contracts to 2 feet and 6 inches. Then, when the operator wants to widen the tracks, the tracks widen out to 2 feet and 10 inches or 3 feet and 3 inches, respectively.
Each new compact excavator features surprisingly wide working and digging ranges for their compact frames. The K008-5 has a working range that includes a digging depth of 5 feet, 8 inches and a bucket breakout force of 2,205 pounds. The U10-5 extends to a 5-foot, 11-inch digging depth with a bucket breakout force of 2,337 pounds.
“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,” said 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.”
Other features include:
- Heavier Frame for More Solid Positioning: Kubota has added weight to both new excavator models for more solid positioning in the operator station. The K008-5 sits at 2,315 lbs., while the U10-5 has a heavier frame at 2,646 lbs.
- Travel Speed: The engine gross horsepower for both the K008-5 and U10-5 comes in at 10.3 HP offering travel speed at 2.5 miles per hour.
- 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 & SAE operational patterns which are easily changeable to the operator’s preference.