Smith Power Equipment (SPE), distributors in South Africa of Kubota tractors and construction equipment, has announced the arrival of the Kubota KX080-3S Super Series 8-ton excavator designed for jobs requiring extra power and performance in confined spaces.
The KX080-3S can do almost anything that larger, more conventional machines can do but it can achieve this level of industrial performance on small, space-restricted construction sites. This makes the KX080-3S a unique proposition for local contractors needing real power in the congested urban environment.
In its more than 36 years’ involvement in the compact-excavator industry Kubota has set the standard with technological innovations. Initially, the integration of the zero boom and tail swing in the mini-excavators and now the ‘tight tail swing’ of the bigger KX080-3S are examples of such innovation. Other innovations, which also helped create the future of compact construction machinery, included advanced features of Auto Idle and Kubota’s revolutionary ‘3-pump’ hydraulic system, both of which also feature in the KX080-3S.
Tight tail swing – due the KX080-3S’s contoured tight tail design and shorter rear overhang, it is more stable, can handle a wider range of loads and can work in significantly more restricted space than traditional tail swing excavators.
Auto Idle – this system helps save up to 10% fuel. When the control levers are in neutral for more than four seconds, the engine idles automatically. Move any control lever and the engine immediately engages. This innovative feature reduces noise, exhaust emissions and running costs.
3-Pump Hydraulic System – this load-sensing hydraulic system uses three independent pumps for boom, arm and swivel for more efficient bucket operation. The system’s high capacity control valve and hydraulic variable pumps enable high performance shovelling and loading.
The source of the KX080-3S’s energy and power is the clean-running 70-hp (52.2-kW) Kubota diesel engine. Its 3331-cc turbo direct-injection facility contributes to easy starting on cold mornings, low sound levels and energy-saving fuel economy. The engine complies with Tier IV emissions regulations without the loss of power or reduction in the ease of operation.
With respect to operator safety and comfort Kubota has always been ahead of the game and the company’s recognition that a safe and comfortable operator is not only an important ethical issue but that it is also vital to productivity, has made a real difference to the performance of its equipment.