This Versatile R Series Includes the R630, Offering Four Operation Modes
Kubota’s highly versatile R Series wheel loaders, which consist of the new R430 as well as the R530 and R630, are all equipped with features to offer visibility, power and impressive productivity. The R Series increases Kubota’s commitment to high performance in a compact footprint, while increasing the company’s ability to meet the power needs of a wider variety of applications.
Standard four-wheel drive, 100 percent on-demand differential lock and rear frame oscillation provide traction, ride and stability on all three Kubota R Series models. The R630, Kubota’s largest and most popular compact wheel loader in the lineup, exclusively offers four operating modes that can be easily selected to match the machine’s application — normal, attachment, power and eco modes. Normal mode is compatible with everyday load-and-carry operations. In attachment mode, the operator can independently control travel speed from flow to the attachments. To save on fuel, eco mode conserves fuel up to 15 percent over other modes, while power mode exchanges travel speed for an increase of about 40 percent in traction power to excavate or attack a hard-packed pile with ease.
The optional heated and air-conditioned enclosed cab for the R430, R530 and R630 ensure year-round comfort with features like an adjustable suspension seat, lower noise levels and good visibility for those long hours on the job. Plus, the lower cab height allows the R Series wheel loaders to fit in tighter spaces and under eaves.
The R430, the newest and most compact of the R Series, features a 48-hp engine and is equipped with a large bucket and a maximum bucket breakout force of 5,215 lbs. Due to its compact design and power, the R430 can get work done where larger loaders can’t fit. And challenging terrain is no problem for the R430, thanks to its four-wheel drive and limited slip differential. It also delivers big on comfort in every season with an available enclosed cab featuring heat and A/C. The R430 is unique with the ability to install a backhoe that provides up to 9 ft of digging depth for trenching projects, and it’s the only model that has a backhoe option.
All models are available with a ROPS-/FOPS-certified canopy or new air-conditioned cab. Machine maintenance is done quickly with easy access points and — best of all — the R430, R530 and R630 are powered by a reliable Kubota Tier 4 Final diesel engine. The R Series hybrid link system provides the best features of the parallel link system and the Z-bar link system, enhancing pallet fork operation and allowing Kubota customers to enjoy breakout force to power through tough applications.
Advice to Buyers
“Consider the option of a skid loader-style front coupler,” notes Jeff Jacobsmeyer, Kubota product manager for wheel loaders, excavators and tractor loader backhoes. “The front coupler allows the operator to interchange existing skid loader buckets and attachments for a direct fit on the compact wheel loader.”