Kubota KX080-4a: Fast efficiency package

Kubota KX080-4a was in the second place.
Kubota KX080-4a was in the second place. Kuva: Arto Turpeinen
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The Kubota came mid-table in the technical tests, but with the help of the test operator points, the Japanese brand came as high as second. The machine came in the top group in almost all power measurements. However, the Kubota was deducted points for the operator's cab, which is very loud for a modern machine. During work, the sound pressure level increased to as much as 87 decibels, which is why the use of ear protection is more than recommended.

Although the engine of the Kubota is recessed relatively deep in the engine compartment, it offers easy access to the oil dipstick and the filling boring. The engine oil filter is, in contrast, located in a place which is difficult to access, but all other filters are clearly visible. Access to the battery and the fuel tank is also excellent.

The Kubota hydraulics perform extremely well when moving the boom while driving, because none of the movements is significantly slower. The general hydraulic control system and speed also appealed to the test operators. The joysticks of the machine are very low compared to the armrests, but that did not bother test operators with long arms.

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The black and white display is very small, but you can see the essential information on it well. The numerous and cleverly positioned mirrors were rated as the best in the test.

We have determined the operating weight of the Kubota to be 8,795 kilos, which was the second-lowest weight in the test. Nevertheless, the forward tipping load in particular was to a decent standard, but in the lateral direction, the value was nothing special. The stability is enhanced by a tail swing of 36 cm, so it is not a real reduced tail excavator in the classic sense.

PRAISE & CRITICISM

  • Hydraulic control system and speed
  • Position of the battery and most filters
  • Mirror
  • Loud operator's cab
  • Lataral stability
  • Relatively high tail swing

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