Kubota’s latest BX range of sub-compact tractors, complete with quick-attach implements and an updated operator platform, are now available in Australia.
The Japanese manufacturer’s BX80 series tractors include several innovative features designed to enhance operator comfort and ease of use, as well as new attachment systems for the loader and backhoe.
Mark Basile, product manager for Kubota Tractors Australia, explained that the attachment systems are characterized primarily by their simplicity.
“I don’t think it can get any easier,” he said. “You can attach and detach the loader without having to get off the machine, which saves time.”
“The backhoe is also easier, with a pinless system,” Basile added. “It has a clamping mechanism so your fingers aren’t near any of the pinch points. Instead, there are a couple of clamps to hold it in place.”
Lever-action clamps make it easier to unlock the hoe, while the hydraulic hoses have flat-face couplers rather than traditional pioneer couplers, meaning they don’t leak when detaching them.
The attachments come standard on the BX23S model.
Basile said: “We’ve also upgraded the operator station to make the tractors easier to use and more comfortable. We’ve added a more cushioned high-back seat and a new dash, which is colour-coded with optimum rpm range clearly marked to help during loader work.
“The steering wheel tilts now and the control levers have been repositioned so the front-end loader lever is near the armrest and the hydraulics and pto levers have also been moved to make them more ergonomic.”
The BX80 series uses the same three-cylinder diesel drivetrain as the BX70, with the power supplied through a two-range hydrostatic transmission. All the tractors are four-wheel drive.
Retail prices range from $15,279 for the BX1880 to $27,984 for the BX23S.