Three KX080-3 and three KX057-4 machines – the two highest capacity models in the Kubota mini excavator range – have been selected to provide Moortown with a hard-working and versatile solution; ideal for its extensive school and hospital building programme, as well as other construction and civil engineering projects.
Half of the new vehicles are traded-in replacements for another manufacturer's models, while the rest are additions to support the rapid growth of Moortown, a leading construction and civil engineering specialist operating throughout the North of England.
"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," explains 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."
The high-performance models chosen by Moortown meet the company’s requirement for productivity, reliability and durability. Ideal for heavy-duty construction applications, the KX080-3 can handle up to 8 tonnes, while the new KX057-4 hits the 5.5 tonne mark.
The KX080-3 features a versatile 2-piece boom, whose long reach and close retraction make the levelling of large areas more efficient and productive, even in narrow environments. Innovative hydraulics enable the operator to complete smooth simultaneous operation of arm, boom, bucket and swivel, all controlled by a user-friendly 2-piece pedal. It also benefits from the CESAR registration and security initiative.
The KX057-4 delivers an impressive bucket digging force of 4,315 kgf, with a powerful and well-balanced arm and bucket enabling the operator to dig faster and more efficiently even in the toughest conditions.
Both machines benefit from Kubota’s unique, Thatcham approved, key-based 'ANTI-THEFT' system and a three year warranty as standard, alongside a host of easy-to-use features and unrivalled user comfort. There is better visibility and an intuitive digital panel display, which indicates fuel level, engine temperature, service intervals, auxiliary circuit oil flow settings and even the machine’s operational history.
Each has a new load-sensing hydraulic system which provides optimum oil flow to each cylinder, offering smooth operation and enhanced fuel economy, as well as an auto-shift system which enables automatic travel shift from high to low, depending on traction effort and terrain.
The use of Kubota Original Direct Injection Engines, meanwhile, includes a fuel-saving Auto-Idle function, while bonnet placement is optimised for ease of maintenance.
Richard Harrison, Kubota (UK) Ltd – Construction Equipment sales & marketing manager, said: "We are delighted that Moortown continues to hold faith in the quality of Kubota engineering and this further purchase is testament to the exceptional build quality, superior performance and outstanding reliability of our mini excavators, which continue to prove, time and time again, that they are undoubtedly the best machines of their type on the market.
"By enhancing their fleet with some of our most powerful machines, we are sure that these latest additions will have a really positive impact on Moortown’s rapidly growing business."