The latest purchases, which take Moortown’s Kubota fleet into double figures, are for three KX080-3 and three KX057-4 machines. Rated at 8t and 5.5t respectively, these are the two highest capacity models in the Kubota mini excavator range.
Half of the new vehicles are traded-in replacements for another manufacturer's models, while the rest are additions to support the contractor’s growth.
"Work demand has been increasing to such an extent that it made commercial sense to invest long-term by purchasing six machines rather than hiring several mini excavators to augment our existing fleet," said Moortown plant manager Pat Stapleton.
"Kubota was the natural choice based on the quality of their mini excavators which we’ve used in the past. By upgrading to some of the latest models, we are future-proofed against the huge amount of excavation work anticipated."
Features of the new machines include a load-sensing hydraulic system that provides optimum oil flow to each cylinder for smooth operation and improved fuel economy.