Bradford civils firm chooses Kubota mini excavators

Aaron Morby 12 years ago

Bradford-based  civil engineering and groundworks contractor Moortown has boosted its fleet of mini-excavators with six Kubota machines.

Half of the new vehicles are traded-in replacements for another manufacturer’s models, while the rest are additions to support the growth of of the firm in the North of England.

Three KX080-3 and three KX057-4 machines – the two highest capacity models in the Kubota mini excavator range – have been selected to provide Moortown with a hard-working and versatile solution.

The machines will be put to work on several school and hospital building projects, as well as other construction and civil engineering projects.

“Work demand has been increasing to such an extent that it made commercial sense to invest long-term by purchasing six machines rather than hiring several mini excavators to augment our existing fleet,” explains Moortown plant manager Pat Stapleton.

“Kubota was the natural choice based on the quality of their mini excavators which we’ve used in the past. By upgrading to some of the latest models, we are future-proofed against the huge amount of excavation work anticipated.”

The high-performance models chosen by Moortown meet the company’s requirement for productivity, reliability and durability.

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    Ideal for heavy-duty construction applications, the KX080-3 can handle up to 8 tonnes, while the new KX057-4 hits the 5.5 tonne mark.

    The KX080-3 features a versatile 2-piece boom, whose long reach and close retraction make the levelling of large areas more efficient and productive, even in narrow environments.

    Innovative hydraulics enable the operator to complete smooth simultaneous operation of arm, boom, bucket and swivel, all controlled by a two-piece pedal.

    It also benefits from the CESAR registration and security initiative.

    The KX057-4 delivers a bucket digging force of 4,315 kgf.

    Both machines benefit from Kubota’s, Thatcham approved, key-based ‘anti-theft’ system and a three year warranty as standard, alongside a host of easy-to-use features and unrivalled user comfort.

    There is better visibility and an intuitive digital panel display, which indicates fuel level, engine temperature, service intervals, auxiliary circuit oil flow settings and even the machine’s operational history.

    Each has a new load-sensing hydraulic system which provides optimum oil flow to each cylinder, offering smooth operation and enhanced fuel economy, as well as an auto-shift system which enables automatic travel shift from high to low, depending on traction effort and terrain.

    The use of Kubota Original Direct Injection Engines includes a fuel-saving Auto-Idle function.

    Kubota’s mini excavators range offers 19 models from 980kg to 8 tonnes.

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