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Kubota mini excavators for Mini Loaders Plant Hire

David Shelley, managing director, of leading plant hire company, Mini Loaders Plant Hire says he is pleased with the performance of the Kubota mini excavators that he acquired from Smith Power Equipment (SPE).

Kubota U50
Kubota U50

David has been in the excavation rental business since 1994 and concentrates on compact excavators of five different sizes and telescopic handlers from compact to high-reach.

I originally met with SPE and its Kubota representatives from Japan to discuss the specs we required and they were cooperative in this regard. The main issue was we were not interested in glass cabs as these tended to break in the harsh conditions we work in. We got our Kubota excavators supplied ROPS approved and they are working safely on our site with the operators work in a comfortable environment with better all-round visibility,” says David.

He adds that that these machines are being used by major South African contractors on several JRA road and bridge upgrades and also on the development of the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) infrastructure.

South Africa M1 High Way
South Africa M1 High Way

David says that one of the advantages of the Kubota excavators was that he was able to do some modifications, specifically attaching his own quick-hitch system which allows him to quickly interchange buckets of various sizes with demolition hammers. “We do a lot of demolition work and the ability to change from bucket to hammer quickly is a major advantage for us in terms of productivity,” he says.

Kubota with Hammer
Kubota with Hammer

He also praised the Kubota’s boom-swing, which allows the mini excavator to operate without having to move while the zero tail-swing radius always keeps the mini excavator within track-width when swivelling. “These features enable operation in tight and confined spaces,” he says.

The integration of the boom and zero tail swing radius was a game-changing technology for Kubota.

Tom Bloom - GM of Kubota Mini-Excavators
Tom Bloom – GM of Kubota Mini-Excavators

In terms of these two crucial features, Tom Bloom, SPE General Manager construction equipment division, says they, in addition to, Kubota’s dominant position globally in the field of compact industrial diesel engines below 100HP, has made its successes in the mini-excavator market unparalleled. “By the end of 2008, Kubota had sold more than 340,000 mini excavators and since then it has enjoyed the No.1 market share worldwide.

This article was featured in the HireSA – Oct 2015.

This article was featured in the Capital Equipment News – Oct 2015.

This article was featured in the Construction World – Aug 2016.

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