Posted February 5, 2016

Two New Backhoe Models from Kubota

Kubota's new L47 and M62 tractor-loader-backhoe models, introduced at the World of Concrete this week, offer higher productivity and operator comfort, and move the company into a new digging depth category for its TLB line, the company says. The new models will be available this month and replace three earlier models in Kubota's product line. 

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The Kubota L47 is a true three-in-one machine, capable of loading and excavating as well as having the capability to perform other work chores using auxiliary and/or PTO-driven implements.

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The Kubota M62's backhoe boasts a 14-foot maximum digging depth, making it an attractive option to buyers in the construction and utility sectors. 

Tim Boulds, Kubota construction equipment product operations manager says the newest generation TLB "is more powerful, more efficient, and offers more features for comfort and convenience. The two new models feature optional single-lever hydraulic hookup for coupling and uncoupling of front implements, making Kubota’s TLBs an attractive three-in-one option to buyers in the rental, construction and landscaping sectors.”

The new TLBs handle front loader, backhoe and tractor work, supported by an integrated main frame for increased durability. Both the L47 and the M62 can perform front loading, rear excavating, and other implement tasks, such as a pallet fork or a box blade, via either a mechanical two-lever quick coupler or an optional hydraulic quick coupler.

With the hydraulic coupler, pressing two dashboard buttons releases the levers securing the front implement. After backing away and moving to the next attachment, pressing the buttons again re-engages the levers and secures the new implement. The operator doesn't need to leave the machine.

The backhoe’s quick coupler allows for easy switching of Kubota excavator buckets, and a four-point rear quick-mount system allows for easy detachment of the backhoe. An independent PTO adds versatility for PTO-driven implements, such as rotary tillers, snow blowers and rear-mounted mowers. Because the PTO is hydraulic-independent, operators can engage and disengage without stopping the tractor.

The M62 features highly efficient backhoes that dig deeper and reach farther than previous models. The new models can also use certain Kubota mini excavator buckets.

Kubota’s L47 has a 10-foot digging depth and a bucket digging force of 5,825 pounds. The M62 offers a 14-foot digging depth and bucket digging force of 6,572 pounds. On both TLB models, a lever-engaged backhoe crawling mode allows the operator to slowly creep forward or backward while remaining at the backhoe controls, saving time and enabling more sure-footed operation such as when working alongside a trench.

New Diesel Engines: Cleaner, More Powerful, Longer Range
The L47 and M62 are powered by turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engines that use a Common-Rail direct injection system, which, along with Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) and Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF), enable compliance with Tier 4 Final emissions regulations. The L47’s engine produces a rated 47.1 gross horsepower, while the M62 produces a rated 63 gross horsepower. Both have a 17.7-gallon fuel tank, up to 48 percent more fuel capacity than earlier models.

In both models the clutch pedal has been eliminated, allowing the brake pedal to be relocated to the left side of the cab, reducing interior clutter and simplifying driver operation. Foot space on the backhoe platform has been increased 27 percent over the previous models. A throttle-up switch increases engine rpm while holding vehicle speed steady for those times when extra power is required, and the electronic throttle lever and PTO switch require less physical effort to engage than older mechanical controls.