Kubota Tractor Corporation’s hydraulic 6-in-1 blade for the KX040-4 compact excavator is now available at authorized Kubota dealerships nationwide. Operators can now tilt the blade to six different positions, making leveling and backfilling — even on inclines and uneven terrain — easier. Operators will benefit from improved efficiency and greater productivity, according to the manufacturer.
"No matter how you look at Kubota’s hydraulic 6-in-1 blade, it says productivity," said Keith Rohrbacker, Kubota construction equipment product manager. "That’s because Kubota has added performance enhancing features such as a load-sensing hydraulic system, perfectly matched speed balance, power balance and outstanding digging force that continues to make Kubota’s KX-Series an industry leading compact excavator.
"The KX040-4 with the hydraulic 6-in-1 blade is ideal for contractors looking for 5-ton power in a 4-ton machine with easier operation," said Rohrbacker. "Kubota has tapped more than 40 years of engineering experience to design the 6-in-1 blade, making it a true productivity enhancer and a more rewarding operating experience."
Easier Operation, Greater Efficiency, Maximum Productivity
Kubota’s new hydraulic 6-in-1 blade allows operators to save time and work more efficiently. The blade’s capacity has increased almost 0.75 cu. yds. (.6 cu m) over the standard blade, and now enables six different positions: left-end up, right-end up, left-end forward, right-end forward, raised, and lowered. Just by moving the dozer lever, operators can angle the blade right or left to push soil aside while the machine moves forward, eliminating the need for repetitive right-angle positioning while backfilling trenches. The operator can command all six functions simultaneously for more convenient landscaping, shaping and backfilling control.
Additionally, contractors can operate the rocker switch on top of the blade control to tilt the blade 10 degrees up or down, and now simultaneously twist the control handle to angle the blade 25 degrees left or right. This feature makes it ideal for contractors to dig ditches easily, flat or tilted. The angle blade also allows operators to work efficiently in confined spaces, alongside walls and near busy roads.
At 5 ft. 10.9 in. (1.7 m) wide, the blade stretches across the entire machine width, even when tilted. The tilt function gives contractors the flexibility to shape foundation edges for runoff, and then complete the job with slopes and swales for ample water drainage and a professional look.
To keep the soil out of the space between the blade and the tracks, the 6-in-1 blade is wider and extends past the track width by 2 in. (5 cm) on each side. The 6-in-1 blade angles a wide 25 degrees to help the soil easily slide off into the trench, improving backfilling time by as much as 35 percent.
Reduce Operating Costs and Tackle Even the Toughest Jobs
Designed with a standard-equipped, durable bolt-on cutting edge (BOE) that protects the blade during heavy-duty dozing operations, the 6-in-1 blade is ideal for the toughest jobs in the most confined spaces. The tilt cylinder is covered for added durability and increased protection from soil and rocks. The reversible cutting edge is divided into two sections to easily invert the edge for continued use, easy maintenance and simple replacement. According to Rohrbacker, Kubota customers provided initial feedback stating that the two-piece bolt-on cutting edge will significantly reduce their operating costs due to its versatile design.
The dozer blade’s thick side plates improve the tie-down point’s durability and allow contractors to use them as lifting points, along with the lifting point on top of the boom for convenient 3-point craning of the KX040-4. Additionally, the float feature design makes ground finishing work quick and easy without having to adjust the dozer height. After backfilling, contractors can simply travel backwards along the covered ditch with the dozer in the float position to put the finishing touch on a backfilled trench.
For more information, call 888/4-KUBOTA or visit www.kubota.com.
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