Machinery manufacturer Kubota has introduced a new compact digger, the U10-5, to replace a smaller model while retaining compact dimensions and yet improving performance.

The new U10-5 excavator succeeds the K008-3 and has been updated with a range of new features.

It is powered by Kubota’s 10.3hp for high reliability and performance and has features including zero tail swing, hydraulic pilot controls, front foldable ROPS and variable track down to just 750mm width.

The U10-5 fits its compact class by weighing only 1.2-tonne, meaning it can be easily towed by most vehicles.

Kubota ANZ Product Manager Nathan Thomas said the previous K008-3 had a front mechanical operation lever design, which has now been updated on the new U10-5.

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“The U10-5 now features hydraulic control levers which are positioned to the sides of the seat for a better, more relaxed operator working experience, ensuring comfort of operation and reducing operator fatigue,” he said.

“With a strong focus on safety, the U10-5 also has an engine safety start system preventing the engine from starting when the levers are lowered, meaning no unexpected excavator and attachment movement when starting the machine.”

The U10-5 also features a hydraulically-adjustable track gauge from an easy single-lever operation. This track gauge also reduces in seconds down to 750mm, to allow for navigation in tight spaces. The track gauge can also be widened to a full extension of 990mm.

“Machine height can often restrict excavators on the job site but that’s not the case here,” Mr Thomas said.

“The new front-foldable Roll-Over-Protection-System (ROPS) means the U10-5 can easily fit under doorways or low-hanging branches. Folding the ROPS back into working position is simple and provides additional safety and protection for the operator.

“When adjusting your track width and folding the ROPS down, these ultra-compact diggers can easily fit through most doorways, permitting access inside buildings and houses.

“With the simple removal of one pin, the U10-5’s quick-fold ROPS adjusts down in size instantly.”

The new U10-5 also features a modern exterior design to run in line with the current range of Kubota excavators and a new LED boom work light for working into the night.

It has an engine gross horsepower of 10.3hp, a bucket breakout force of 1060kg and an operating weight of 1200kg.

Servicing has easy access to the engine, while the hydraulic service port pipes are conveniently located for easy maintenance.

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