Getting the Job Done with Maximum Efficiency and Comfort
Kubota says it will continue to build on its commitment to excellence with its skid steer loader line, the SSV-Series. The SSV-Series (the SSV65 and SSV75) brings power and versatility to Kubota’s core rental, construction and agricultural segments. The SSV-Series includes the 64-hp SSV65 and the 74-hp SSV75. Their introduction was complemented with a line of Kubota-branded attachments, including pallet forks, tillers, power rakes, augers, sweepers, snow blades and snow blowers.
Several innovative features on the SSV-Series set it apart from competitor models, meeting the needs of construction, rental and agriculture customers, says Kubota. For example, standard on all Kubota SSV cab 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 position. Other standard features include a spacious, dust-resistant pressurized cabin with an optimized climate control system and side lights that allow better visibility and safer operation at dusk. The SSV65 and SSV75 feature hand-and-foot controls, and an optional multifunction lever feature is available, allowing for fingertip control of major machine and implement functions. An optional on/off self-leveling and ride-control package is also available.
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 skid steers meet the needs of Kubota customers across construction, rental and agriculture segments, delivering performance when loading trucks. 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. Borrowed from Kubota’s compact track loaders, the proven loader arm design with vertical geometry can push and dig as good as a radial machine. It’s reinforced in all the right areas, including critical connections to the coupler and rear cross bar — expertly designed to be a workhorse.
On a jobsite, contractors strive to minimize downtime, and the 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 26-gal fuel tank is located in the rear door for quick, clean and easy refueling and has enough fuel capacity to work all day. There’s no need to worry since the fuel tank is well protected by the solid, heavy duty door and an additional inch of void between them. By taking that volume out of the engine compartment, the free space makes the daily maintenance checks less intimidating and easier to do.
Advice to Buyers
“When purchasing a skid steer, obviously buyers need to consider power. Beyond that, efficiency and operator comfort have been at the forefront of innovation and design during the last five years and could be a good differentiator in the marketplace,” says Tim Boulds, Kubota construction equipment product operations manager.