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Kubota B26 TLB’s Versatility Offers Contractors Three Machines in One

Tue December 25, 2007 - National Edition
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Kubota Tractor Corporation’s B-Series tractor loader backhoe (TLB) compact tractor with added horsepower, loader-lifting capacity, backhoe digging power and depth is an ideal workhorse for light construction, agricultural work or around the home. The versatility of this TLB makes the Kubota B26 TLB three machines in one.

Whether the job calls for a tractor with three-point implements, backhoe or loader applications, the B26 can take on all three applications. The B26 TLB has a design that improves operator visibility. It also offers a skid steer-type quick coupler for convenient attachment of a variety of implements, according to the manufacturer.

“The B26 TLB has features that normally are found only on larger tractors, including a three-point hitch and a sun-shade/falling-object-canopy, rollover protection structure [ROPS] as standard equipment,” said Keith Rohrbacker, product manager of KTC.

“Whether purchasing or renting this powerful TLB, operators will appreciate its incredible versatility and comfort that help them easily accomplish a wide array of tasks.”

Advanced Features

Under the hood, the 26-hp (19 kW) Kubota diesel engine increases power by 23 percent while offering a combination of high torque rise, low noise and vibration, and cleaner emissions. In addition to the high-output, liquid-cooled engine, which conserves fuel to lower operating costs, the B26 features a reinforced, integrated main frame to take on repetitive loader backhoe work.

The B26 also features four-wheel drive with a differential rear axle lock that enables improved performance on varying terrain.

“The Category I three-point hitch makes the new Kubota B26 a real workhorse, lifting 1,676 pounds 24 inches behind the lift points, then storing in a convenient, on-board space when not in use. And, another feature that increases productivity is the hydraulic, independent, power takeoff [PTO], which enables PTO engagement without having to stop the tractor,” said Rohrbacker.

Loader, Backhoe Improvements

From the brace-less loader frame that improves forward visibility while offering easier under-the-hood access, to the backhoe quick-mount system, the B26 is engineered for performance, according to the manufacturer.

“With a lift height of seven feet, 10 inches and capacity of 1,300 pounds, the B26’s improved loader brings productivity to new heights,” said Rohrbacker. “It also features a mechanical spill guard and a built-in loader valve that’s protected to increase longevity.”

Adding to this long life is a design that routes both the loader’s and the backhoe’s hydraulic hoses through the booms for greater protection. The skid steer-type quick coupler is another high-end feature that enables exchange of front implements, such as pallet forks, a bale spear or post-hole digger, by simply pushing the handles down and attaching hose-couplers.

Operators easily can check the bucket level using an indicator located on the loader lift arm, and will appreciate the convenient side-positioning of the loader joystick accompanied by a sturdy armrest. By simply lifting a lever, the seat can be reversed to make switching to backhoe operation easy.

The new Kubota 826 backhoe is built to be more versatile than ever while offering more than 4,000 lbs. of bucket-breakout force and a digging depth of 8 ft., 4 in. Its curved boom helps avoid dig-area obstacles, achieve maximum digging depth with a minimum trench cut, and easily load onto trailers, the manufacturer said.

Versatile Options, Attachments

The Kubota B26 TLB is designed to accommodate many options and attachments.

An optional loader third-function auxiliary hydraulic valve enables use of a four-in-one bucket, grapple bucket and other hydraulically controlled implements. The companion optional backhoe auxiliary hydraulics kit allows operation of the backhoe’s hydraulic thumb, auger and other hydraulic tools. The quick-attach backhoe converts the 826 into a completely different machine with its own set of attachments and auxiliary hydraulics.

Additional options include a backhoe quick-attach coupler, ROPS-mounted work lights, trenching buckets and a backup alarm kit.

“The new, streamlined B26 is more versatile than most tractors in its class, yet has the power and high-end features operators want today,” said Rohrbacker.

The B-Series compact tractors from Kubota, which range from 18 to 30 gross engine hp (13 to 22 kW), provide efficiency, power and operator comfort when tackling light construction, nursery work or residential chores. They are powered by Kubota’s three-vortex, combustion-system (E-TVCS) diesel engines with low emissions and noise.

For more information, call 888/4-KUBOTA or visit www.kubota.com.