Two additions welcomed into Kubota’s robust excavator lineup – the K008-5 conventional tail swing excavator and the all-new U10-5 minimal tail swing excavator. The K008-5 will replace the -3 model with various upgrades and the U10-5 takes an all-new, in-demand spot in the U Series minimal tail swing lineup. Both models are now available at authorized Kubota dealerships.
“These 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.
Refined, Never Confined
The K008-5 and U10-5 offer single-lever hydraulic adjustable tracks that quickly contract to fit through tight spaces easily – think doorways, fence gates, inside buildings, hallways, elevators and more. On the K008-5, the tracks adjust down to 2 ft. 4 in. and the U10-5 contracts to 2 ft. 6 in., then when the operator wants to widen the tracks, the tracks widen out to 2 ft. 10 in. and 3 ft. 3 in., respectively.
“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,” Baker added.
A Lean, Mean Digging Machine
Each 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 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. What’s more, the U10-5’s hydraulic control system offers smooth operation and superior digging productivity. The U10-5 also offers the same side lever joystick operational controls found on the other larger Kubota excavator offerings, with consistent joystick digging controls. Both models offer clean, hose-free boom lines. The hydraulic hoses are protected inside the boom leading to less excavator downtime.
Additional features include:
- Heavy Frame for Solid Positioning – 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 HP1 offering travel speed at 2.5 miles per hour.
- Easy Operation – Both 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.