Kubota launches compact telehandler

KUBOTA UK has expanded into the materials handling sector with the launch of its first telehandler.

The KTH4815-2 compact machine boasts an overall width of 1.6m and an overall height of below 2m.

The model is capable of achieving a maximum lift height of 4.8m and a maximum lift capacity of 1.5 tonnes, depending on the variant. Hose burst check-valves and a load-moment sensor with forward over-turn protection meeting EN15000 certification is also part of the standard specification.

Kubota added that hydraulic performance extends to up to 81 litres/min, with 51 litres available through an auxiliary circuit for powered attachments carried on the handler’s Eurohitch headstock. The machine also features a proportional joystick, with adjustable flow rate and memory function.

The KTH4815-2 is powered by an EU Stage V emissions compliant Kubota D1803 three-cylinder engine, with a peak output of 50hp/37kW. Mounted on the right-hand side between the front and rear wheels, the transverse engine position is said to afford ‘generous’ service access to all filters and the battery isolator, in addition to providing easy access to the cooling pack.

The driveline, while equipped with Carraro axles connected by mechanical driveshafts, is hydrostatic, with a Bosch Rexroth hydrostatic transmission delivering propulsion in two speed ranges – 0-7 and 0-25kph. The powertrain affords multidisc brakes and, with permanent four-wheel drive, there is a an option for front axle differential lock to further boost traction.

Four versions of the KTH4815-2 are available: two are canopy-equipped models with a curved front screen, and two use fully glazed cabs with a two-piece door. The glazed upper section can be secured in the open position.

The entry-level KTH4815-2 is supplied without a 170kg rear counterweight and is shod on 10/75×15.3 narrow tyres. A wider, 31/15.5-15 skid steer tyre option is available.

While canopy machines forfeit the left-hand door and work lights, the specification of fully glazed cab models includes three work lights, side-view mirrors, cab heating and a radio. Air conditioning is an option, and all models benefit from a reach and rake adjustable steering column.

The KTH4815-2 also includes three-mode steering, adding two-wheel and crab steering modes to the standard four-wheel steering function. Using four-wheel steering, a tight turning radius of 1.2m inner 2.7m outer can be achieved.

Engine service intervals are every 500 hours, and all four variants are offered with a two-year, 2,000-hour warranty.

Meanwhile, following the recent introduction of two battery-powered RT compact wheeled loaders, Kubota (UK) has added to the range with the launch of an additional 10 models.

Powered by Kubota diesel engines, the extended portfolio includes high-lift and heavy lift specifications, with a range of tipping loads that extends from 550kg up to 1,600kg. Lift heights extend from 2.17m to 2.96m, while operating weights are from 1,100kg to 2,900kg. Depending on the model, cab or canopy options are available, with ROPS and FOPS protection.

The diesel-powered RT models have power outputs from 15-36kW from their EU Stage V-compliant engines. The two most powerful models feature a DPF/DOC emissions control module, along with a 6,000-hour service interval.

The narrowest model – the entry-level RT100-2 – measures 920mm wide. The RT105T-2 features a telescopic boom, increasing its working envelope. The widest model is the RT280-2 at 1.4m with 31×15.5-15 tyres. Overall height is up to 2.34m, reducing to below 2m when using the folding canopy.

Drive is hydrostatic throughout the range, with the smallest four models using heavy duty Poclain wheel motors. From the RT210-2 upwards, Bosch Rexroth hydrostatic transmission are used to drive mechanical axles. Travel speed is up to 30kph, depending on model.

Models equipped with a fully-glazed cab include a heater and radio, plus road lighting kit and rear-view mirrors.