Print this page
Tuesday, 24 April 2018 10:36

Small but perfectly formed

Written by 
The KX033-4 is said to offer efficiency, stability and comfort – alongside power and style. The KX033-4 is said to offer efficiency, stability and comfort – alongside power and style.

Kubota NZ has added another machine to its KX series of excavators.

The KX033-4 compact excavator is said to offer efficiency, stability and comfort alongside power and style in the competitive 3-tonne class. 

The new unit shares many of the standard features of Kubota’s larger machines, e.g. a larger cab, dash-controlled pre-sets for auxiliary circuits and a standard hydraulic diverter valve. 

But the company claims the KX033-4 delivers best-in-class hydraulic breakout power of 3690kg, a digging depth of 3m and fast cycle times. This all helps to move more material per hour when tested head-to-head against other 3t excavators. 

Power comes from a 24.8hp Kubota direct injection Tier 4 Final certified engine. The engine RPM may be set to automatically idle when control levers are in neutral for more than four seconds, saving fuel and cutting noise and emissions. 

Adjustable auxiliary hydraulics allow the operator to program up to five different oil flow rates, controlled from a new digital control panel.

Replacing the popular KX91-3 in the Kubota KX series, the auxiliary hydraulic circuit can deliver a maximum oil flow of 60L to power a wide variety of auxiliary attachments, while the standard third-line hydraulic return system allows oil to return directly back to the tank without flowing through control valves, resulting in less back-pressure, less heat and greater efficiency. 

Thoughtful design and engineering include an innovative counterbalance resulting in stable operation, and a low centre of gravity and double-flanged track rollers that also contribute to safety, whether working to the side with hydraulic attachments or in challenging lifting conditions. 

A swivel negative brake and travel negative brake automatically lock the swivel function and tracks, respectively, to prevent unexpected machine movement and keep the excavator secure.

The KX033-4 operator station has a reclining high-back suspension seat for operator comfort, including weight compensation and firm, adjustable wrist supports. A wider, updated digital display panel with push button operation allows for easy monitoring of critical controls, including changing hydraulic oil flows. 

A ROPS canopy is standard, and the optional cab includes air conditioning, more foot space with a wider door, a gas-assisted front window mechanism, a large cup holder and, of course, a charging point for a mobile phone.


More like this

Kubota’s Concept-X tractor

If you want a sneak peek at Kubota’s vision for the future, look no further than its Concept-X tractor recently unveiled in Kyoto City.

Sidekick maybe cream of the crop

Rural News reported on the launch of Kubota’s RTV X850 recently, and now we’ve spent a week with the new sport/utility on Waikato dairy farms.

All new trio from Japanese giant

News media gathered recently at Highlands Motorsport Park at Cromwell, Central Otago saw Japanese giant Kubota launch three new products for farmers and heard it announce it will open a New Zealand subsidiary.

Black is the new orange!

Sure to brew up a storm in New Zealand, a Dutch Kubota dealer is marketing a Black Edition of a 150hp M7151 tractor.


Water reforms come at a cost

The government’s new freshwater laws, signed off this week, have the potential to create significant unnecessary costs for ratepayers, farmers and entire communities, Federated Farmers says.

2020 harvest yields up

Final harvest data for wheat, barley and oats (milling/malting and feed) in 2020 show yields were up 17% overall across the six crops.


Difficult but the right call

DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle says the joint decision three years ago to eradicate Mycoplamsa bovis was a difficult call.

Milking cluster milks runner-up award

DeLaval has come away with the runner up prize in this year’s Fieldays Online innovation competition with a new milking cluster that eliminates the need for conventional liner changes.

Glow worms to cows

Thomas Lundman's work focus has gone from tracking tiny critters in pitch black caves to looking after considerably larger animals in paddocks near Whakatane.