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Kubota Kicks Off 2016 with Two New Tractor-Loader-Backhoe Introductions


February 1, 2016
By Business Wire News

LAS VEGAS

Kubota Tractor Corporation, looking to raise the bar in the tractor-loader-backhoe (TLB) segment, starts the year strong with the announcement of two new models, the L47 and M62 TLBs, both unveiled today at the World of Concrete trade show in Las Vegas. The new TLBs replace the L39, L45 and M59 in the Kubota product line. Both units will join Kubota’s popular B26 to round out its TLB line, and will be available at Kubota dealerships nationwide beginning February, 2016.

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The Kubota L47 is a true three-in-one machine, capable of loading and excavating as well as having t ...

The Kubota L47 is a true three-in-one machine, capable of loading and excavating as well as having the capability to perform other work chores using auxiliary and/or PTO-driven implements. (Photo: Business Wire)

“Kubota is taking its tractor-loader-backhoe line to new levels of performance and refinement,” said Tim Boulds, Kubota construction equipment product operations manager. “Our newest generation of TLBs is more powerful, more efficient, and offers more features for comfort and convenience. The two new models feature optional single-lever hydraulic hookup for coupling and uncoupling of front implements, making Kubota’s TLBs an attractive three-in-one option to buyers in the rental, construction and landscaping sectors.”

Three-in-One Workhorse with Easy Single-Lever Attachments

Kubota’s new TLBs feature true workhorse capabilities with essentially three machines in one, capable of performing front loader, backhoe and tractor work, and supported by an integrated main frame for increased durability. Both the L47 and the M62 can perform front loading, rear excavating, and other implement tasks, such as a pallet fork or a box blade, via either a mechanical two-lever quick coupler or an optional hydraulic quick coupler. With the hydraulic coupler, the operator needs only to press two dashboard buttons to release the levers securing the front implement. After backing away and proceeding to the next attachment, pressing the buttons again re-engages the levers and secures the new implement. Because the operator does not need to exit the machine, the easy attachment feature proves value when working in inclement weather, as well as being an overall time-saver on the jobsite.

Additionally, the backhoe’s quick coupler allows for easy switching of Kubota excavator buckets, and a four-point rear quick-mount system allows for easy detachment of the backhoe when it’s not needed. Even more work duties can be handled with the aid of an independent PTO that enables the TLBs to get even more work done by attaching a wide range of PTO-driven implements, including rotary tillers, snow blowers and rear-mounted mowers – and because the PTO is hydraulic-independent, operators can engage and disengage without stopping the tractor.

A Bigger, More Capable Backhoe: M62 Breaks into New Digging Depth Category

Along with a productive front loader and powerful tractor, the M62 TLBs features highly efficient backhoes that dig deeper and reach farther than previous models. What’s more, the new models now feature the ability to utilize certain Kubota mini excavator buckets, which can provide for more versatility on the jobsite. Kubota’s L47 boasts a 10-foot digging depth and a bucket digging force of 5,825 pounds. The M62 offers contractors even greater excavating ability than its predecessors, with a 14-foot digging depth, a 17-percent improvement over the previous generation’s 12-foot max depth. The M62 has a bucket digging force of 6,572 pounds. On both TLB models, a lever-engaged backhoe crawling mode allows the operator to slowly creep forward or backward while remaining at the backhoe controls, saving time and enabling more sure-footed operation such as when working alongside a trench.

New Diesel Engines: Cleaner, More Powerful, Longer Range

The L47 and M62 are powered by turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engines that use a Common-Rail direct injection system, which, along with Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) and Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF), enable compliance with Tier 4 Final emissions regulations. In addition, both engines are more powerful than their predecessors; the L47’s engine produces a rated 47.1* gross horsepower, while the M62 produces a rated 63* gross horsepower. The L47 and M62 are equipped with a much larger 17.7-gallon fuel tank—that’s boasting up to 48 percent more fuel capacity than those of the previous TLBs, allowing both new models to work longer, with less downtime required to refuel.

Increased Comfort and Convenience Features

The L47 and M62 host a number of interior upgrades that are aimed at increasing functionality and optimizing operator comfort. In both models the clutch pedal has been eliminated, thereby allowing the brake pedal to be relocated to the left side of the cab, reducing interior clutter and simplifying driver operation. Foot space on the backhoe platform has been increased 27 percent over the previous models, providing the operator with a roomier work area. A new throttle-up switch increases engine rpm while holding vehicle speed steady for those times when extra power is required for front loader work but vehicle speed needs to remain constant, and the electronic throttle lever and PTO switch require less physical effort to engage than older mechanical controls.

About Kubota Tractor Corporation

Kubota Tractor Corporation, Torrance, Calif., is the U.S. marketer and distributor of Kubota-engineered and manufactured machinery and equipment, including a complete line of tractors of up to 170 Gross hp, performance-matched implements, compact and utility-class construction equipment, consumer lawn and garden equipment, hay tools and spreaders, commercial turf products and utility vehicles. For product literature or dealer locations, contact: Kubota Tractor Corporation, 3401 Del Amo Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503, (888) 4-KUBOTA [(888) 458-2682], Ext. 900, or visit www.kubota.com.

Kubota Tractor Corporation reserves the right to change the stated specifications without notice. The above comparison is for descriptive purposes only and does not provide any express or implied warranty of any nature, including any warranty of merchantability or for a particular purpose. For complete operational information, the operator’s manual should be consulted. Kubota strongly recommends the use of a Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) and seat belt in almost all applications. Kubota Tractor Corporation supplies products and services to United States residents only. For information regarding Kubota products or services outside the United States, see Kubota Corporation’s global web site.

*Horsepower was determined using SAEJ1995.

100-Word Description of L47 and M62 TLBs

Kubota Introduces Two New TLB Models: L47 and M62

Kubota introduces the new L47 and M62 tractor-loader-backhoes (TLBs) with features designed to meet the needs of the construction, landscaping and rental sectors. Both TLBs are more powerful than their predecessors, and comply with Tier 4 Final emissions regulations. An optional hydraulic coupler, available on both models, enables easy attachment and detachment of auxiliary implements. The M62 has a 14-foot maximum digging depth, a 17-percent improvement over the previous model. In addition, the backhoe features a quick coupler system for a fast exchange of buckets, and a four-point rear mounting system allows the backhoe to be easily removed and reattached.

Kubota Tractor Corporation
Christine Schunk, 877-KUBOTA-NEWS (877-582-6826)
newsroom@kubotamedia.com