Kubota KX030-4

Kubota is introducing a new compact excavator, the KX030-4, replacing the KX71-3S.

Kubota released the KX030-4 in Europe and Canada. The the mini excavator is scheduled to hit the U.S. next summer.

Kubota says the machine has a larger cab and touchscreen, has a toolbox added under the door, while the boom and light have guards to prevent damage.

“We've taken some of our features from bigger excavators, and we’ve brought them down to our smaller machines,” Construction Business Development Manager, John Baird told Equipment World.

One feature added is a blade float function that enables the dozer blade to follow the contours of the ground. To activate, the operator pushes the dozer blade lever all the way down until it locks into float position.

The KX030-4 also has a new diverter valve to make it easier to switch attachments by simply flipping a switch which prevents having to change hydraulic lines for different attachments.

Kubota also added a return-to-tank function for one-way flow attachments such as hydraulic hammers. That enables hydraulic oil to return back to the oil tank instead of going through the valve block which helps to extend valve life.

The auto-downshift kicks in when the excavator needs more traction.

The KX030-4 will be available in cab and canopy models. It is 4 feet 1 inches wide, has a max breakout force of 6,924 pounds and dig depth of 9 feet 9 inches. The cab model weighs about 7,000 pounds. Tail swing is 17.7 inches.