WOC Report: Kubota Unveils New Skid Steer Loader, Enters a “New Era” in Construction Offerings

Kubota Tractor Corp. made a highly-anticipated product announcement at the World of Concrete tradeshow in Las Vegas today, unveiling its new SSV-Series skid steer loaders, with two models to meet the needs of customers in the construction, rental and agriculture segments. The SSV-Series includes the 64-gross hp SSV65 and the 74-gross hp SSV75, both available at Kubota dealerships starting this June. With this introduction, Kubota now offers a full line of compact construction equipment for its dealers and customers.

“For more than a decade, Kubota has held the title as the world’s top selling compact excavator, and we are building on that mastery with today’s unveiling of our first skid steer loader line,” said Paul Manger, construction equipment product marketing director for Kubota. “The SSV65 and SSV75 are Kubota-engineered from the ground up, inside and out. This is quality you can see, feel and depend on — we wouldn’t put our name on anything less.”

Kubota Standards Raise the Bar in Engineering Innovation
Several innovative features on the Kubota SSV-Series set it apart from competitor models right out of the gate. For example, standard on all Kubota SSV models is a unique, slide-up, front-entry door that rises overhead, instead of swinging out. This design allows the door to be opened regardless of loader position so that the operator can enter and exit the machine even when the skid steer is in a tight or difficult position. Other standard features include a spacious, dust-resistant pressurized cabin with an optimized climate control system, and a side light that allows better visibility and safer operation at night. In addition, an optional multi-function lever feature is available, allowing for fingertip control of major machine and implement functions.

Kubota Power and Performance
The SSV-Series is powered by an EPA Tier 4 certified four-cylinder Kubota diesel engine. With standard two-speed travel and optional high-flow hydraulics, Kubota’s vertical-lift geometry skid steers will meet the needs of Kubota customers across the construction, rental and agriculture segments. The SSV65 boasts a rated operating capacity of 1,950 lbs and bucket breakout force of 4,839 lbs; the SSV75 has a rated operating capacity of 2,690 lbs and bucket breakout force of 5,884 lbs. The loaders on the SSV-Series are easily capable of dumping into a dump truck with 10-ft sides. The SSV65 and SSV75 feature hand-and-foot controls, and pilot control models are expected to join the lineup next year.

User-Friendly Serviceability
On a jobsite, contractors strive to minimize downtime, and the new SSV-Series helps to do just that. Kubota engineered its skid steers to be easily serviced and maintained. For example, the battery on the SSV models is positioned so that it is readily accessible for service and inspection; oil and fuel filters are placed in easy-to-access locations where drips will not leak on electrical components during changing; and bolt-on access handles were added to the cab so they can be easily replaced if damaged. In addition, the large fuel tank is located in the rear door for quick, clean and easy refueling and has enough fuel capacity to work all day.

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