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Kubota launches mini-excavators

The zero boom-swing and zero tail-swing features of the mini excavator are integral in changing the dynamics of construction sites. The zero boom-swing and zero tail-swing features of the mini excavator are integral in changing the dynamics of construction sites.

The Kubota mini-excavator range – which was recently launched in South Africa by Smith Power Equipment (SPE) – is already in huge demand, according to the company.

“But this is not unusual. Its unique features of zero tail-swing and zero boom-swing have made them a hit the world over.”

In the 1980s the developing mini excavator market revealed how important the zero boom-swing and zero tail-swing features of the mini excavator were in the changing dynamics of construction sites. In the 1990s Kubota took the lead by launching its mini excavator integrating both of these features for the global market.

Kubota’s zero boom-swing allow the mini excavator to operate without having to move while the zero tail-swing always keeps the tail of the mini excavator within track-width when swivelling. These features enable operation in tight and confined spaces.

“The integration of these two crucial features, plus its dominant position globally in the field of compact industrial diesel engines below 100HP, has made Kubota’s successes in the mini-excavator market unparalleled,” says Tom Bloom SPE General Manager construction equipment division. “By the end of 2008, Kubota had sold more than 340,000 mini excavators and since then it has enjoyed the No.1 market share worldwide. In particular, the u-30 and u-50 have taken the world by storm and we expect no different in the Southern African market.”

In its more than 36 years’ involvement in the mini-excavator industry, Kubota says it has continuously set the standard with technological innovations that rocked the industry. The integration of the zero boom and tail swing was one such innovation. Others, which also helped create the future of compact construction machinery, included the pioneering, advanced features of Auto Idle, which helps save up to 10% fuel, an LCD panel with self-diagnosis function and Kubota’s revolutionary “three-pump” hydraulic system, which 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.

SPE claims an enviable reputation for is excellent service levels. Its countrywide footprint of dealers and service facilities ensures that its customers get the best possible service 24/7. “We understand that in this market uptime is the primary concern of our customers. We have invested time and money in ensuring that our team understands that service excellence is the foundation on which our company stands and our track record throughout the organisation speaks for itself,” says Bloom.

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