Kubota’s U30 mini-excavator on the rise in KZN

The Kubota U30 mini excavator, which has been a hit around the world with its innovative and ground-breaking technology, is becoming ever more popular throughout South Africa and the KZN region is no exception.

Kubota machines are distributed in South Africa by Smith Power Equipment.  The latest company to sing its praises is upcoming construction company Doc Con whose owner, Mike Docherty is over the moon with the machine.

Fuel Efficient up to 10%

At first I was a little worried about the hydraulic power of the Kubota U30 as it is very small and compact, but I was more than pleasantly surprised,” he says. “It has an unbelievable power to size ratio and it digs trenches, closes trenches with the dozer blade and anything else we need like a machine three times its size.

Auto Idle
Auto Idle

Docherty adds that he achieves 1.8l of fuel per hour, which is outstanding! “It is a very fuel-efficient machine and has proven to be completely reliable. In our business controlling operational costs is vital and a machine that works with this sort of power and is so cost-efficient is a real boon to the business. We have had absolutely no problems with the U30 and our Kubota dealer in the area, Sameer, has given us a wonderful service overall.

U30 Reach
U30 Reach

Kubota excavators ushered in the future of compact construction machinery with their pioneering advanced features like Auto Idle and LCD panel with self-diagnosis function. The U30’s Auto Idle system helps save up to 10% fuel. When the control levers are in neutral for more than four seconds, the engine idles automatically. Move any control lever and the engine immediately engages. This innovative feature reduces noise, exhaust emissions and running costs.

Intelligent Digital Display

Digital Display
Digital Display

The digital LCD panel and the Kubota Intelligent Control System (KICS) help reduce downtime and save on repair and technician costs by providing accurate and timely diagnostic readings and routine maintenance alerts. The service technicians are easily notified of the operational history of the machine through the Auto Save function which automatically displays error history.


This shortens inspection and repair time, which also helps reduce cost. Doc Con is one of the up and coming construction companies in the KZN area. It services include: renovation, building, roofing, tiling, decking, maintenance and they are increasingly providing a range of civils solutions.

Kubota U30 Easily Transportable
Kubota U30 Easily Transportable

My staff and I strive to provide immaculate workmanship and professionalism that will leave our clients more than satisfied they chose our services,” Docherty concluded.

Doc Con Construction
Doc Con Construction (

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