Kubota Introduces Next Gen Compact Excavators to Kick Off 2021 Releases

Kubota announces new KX057-5 and U55-5 compact excavators and a new quick coupler, with more product roll-outs planned for summer.

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Kubota Tractor led its construction equipment introductions in 2021 with the unveiling of two new compact excavator models and a new quick coupler.

Both models offer upgrades from the previous (-4) units.

“With the new KX057-5 and the U55-5, Kubota offers not only a broad selection of 13 compact excavator models, but also complete flexibility with conventional and reduced tail swing offerings in the 1-to-6-ton weight classes. And this year, all -5 generation models are outfitted with standard technology and comfort packages, plus more tech options for ultimate customization,” said Patrick Baker, Kubota construction equipment product manager. “Our new excavator models are built on the solid engineering our customers expect, and now feature more technology, much quieter cabs and many comfort features, we are truly taking care of our operators with these new units.” 

Performance Meets Technology

The KX057-5 replaces the KX057-4 in Kubota’s K Series of compact excavators and offers improved technology and ample cabin space.

Available in canopy or cab models, the KX057-5 has 47.6 gross horsepower, a working range that includes a digging depth of 12 feet 9 inches and a bucket breakout force of 10,172 pounds.

Within the cab, a new full-cover seven-inch LCD screen provides all the data for the operator a quick glance. In addition, there is a keyless start option using a four digit code.

U55-5 Fits in With Reduced Tail Swing

Also released was the new U55-5, which has a reduced tail swing to allow for better maneuvering in tight spaces.

Kubota’s U55-5 is available in canopy or cab models, has 47.6 horsepower, a working range that includes a digging depth of 11 feet 11 inches and a max dump height of 13 feet 2 inches.

The company says the redesigned cabin features a double adjustable seat and more head and foot space. In addition to space, the cab was specifically designed to reduce noise and protect the operator’s ears.

Similar to the KX057-5, a large new full-color LCD screen provides all operational information. Other upgrades on the U55-5 include optional rear-view camera and keyless start. Kubota Introduces U55-5 Compact Excavator with Reduced Tail SwingKubota Introduces U55-5 Compact Excavator with Reduced Tail SwingKubota

New Hydraulic Quick Coupler

Also new for 2021, Kubota announced a new hydraulic quick coupler for its entire 3-4 ton class of excavators including the KX033, U35, and KX040. The new quick coupler allows operators to change buckets from the comfort of the operator seat, in a matter only 10-15 seconds. The coupler includes custom control packages for a perfect fit on each excavator model, including specialized hose kits as well as a spring-applied hydraulic release locking mechanism. The new quick coupler is construction grade, compatible with older-style buckets and engineered for everyday use on the jobsite.