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Komatsu Debuts Powerful, Economical WB142-5 Backhoe

Tue April 24, 2007 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Komatsu America Corp.’s WB142-5 backhoe loader has an operating weight of 14,513 lbs. (6,583 kg) and a large loader bucket of 1 cu. yd. (.76 cu m) with bolt-on cutting edge.

“The WB142-5 is the fifth model in an outstanding line of backhoe loaders from Komatsu,” said Jeff Aubrey, product manager of backhoe loaders. “It’s aimed at the cost-conscious buyer who wants a machine with lots of performance in a simple package.

“Owners looking for a solid backhoe loader that’s economical, yet powerful enough to tackle a variety of tasks can turn to Komatsu’s new WB142-5 that delivers on both counts. It’s priced lower than our high-spec deluxe models; it’s what we call an ’entry-level’ backhoe loader, but it has many of the same design features of its big brother, the WB146-5.”

High Production

Production in both loader and backhoe applications is driven by a Komatsu 76-net-hp (56.6 kW) diesel engine that’s housed in a heavy-duty, cast nose guard, which provides integral counterweight and front protection to the engine. Standard four-wheel drive lets operators work on days when other machines are parked, according to the manufacturer.

The WB142-5 features a 37 gpm (140 Lpm) output, tandem-gear-pump hydraulic system designed for maximum speed, power and control. It also has two settings for the loader and the backhoe, so the operator can choose between maximum performance and maximum fuel economy.

Roomy Work Station

Komatsu kept the operator in mind with the new WB142-5, which features a suspension seat, which provides a comfortable fit for any size operator. The ROPS/FOPS canopy has a true dual-entry platform and controls, switches and gauges are clustered to simplify operation and visibility.

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