The metal casting business founded by 19-year-old Gonshiro Kubota in 1890 has come a very long way, and not just in distance. Today, bright orange tractors bearing the Kubota logo dot the American countryside, and the company is one of the top agriculture and turf equipment brands.
Meet The New Kubota M-Series
In keeping with its history of agricultural innovation, last year Kubota expanded its specialty M Series. The six new tractors are designed to meet different agricultural needs for narrow, low-profile and high clearance application. If you’re growing specialty crops, you may find a tractor built to fit very specific needs.
Kubota M4N and M5N tractors are narrow enough to meet the demands of orchard and vineyards. They offer a redesigned cab with enhanced ergonomics for greater operator comfort, up to 108 engine HP, and improved hydraulic power. The new specialty tractors are equipped with Kubota V-3800-Tier 4 engines and and versatile transmissions.
The company introduced a new M5N-091 Power Krawler for work on sloped landscape and rugged terrain. The new design offers increased hydraulic capacity and a heavy-duty frame to keep the tractor stable and safe even on a sloped or uneven surface. Independently oscillating left and right rear tracks ensure greater traction and steering control.
The M6L-111 low-profile tractor is designed to optimize work in fruit and nut orchards. Features include a folding ROPS, enhanced hydraulics system, and a powertrain engineered to deliver power in low-clearance conditions, such as poultry and livestock housing.
The new M6H-101 and M6L-111 high clearance models offer a whopping 25.8 inches of ground clearance to work around crops like strawberries and vegetables that grow low to the ground.
The M4N-071 ROPS, M5N-091 ROPS and M5N-111 ROPS models are a lower cost entry-level open cab tractors engineered for small and mid-sized farms and best suited to cattle and hay operations, loader work, and mowing. The open design has the advantage of additional leg room, and the lower hood height offers greater visibility over cab models. Other design upgrades include changes to the bevel gear housing, increased alternator capacity, and larger capacity radiator and a bigger cooling fan.
In addition to the new specialty tractors, Kubota announced two new excavator models and the powerful gas-powered Sidekick RTV-XG850, their fastest RTV to date, a versatile work vehicle with a top speed of 40 mph. The new Sidekick is designed to handle half-ton loads (15.2 cubic feet) with an optional hydraulic dumping system. It comes standard with a hitch capable of towing 2,000 lbs on level ground.
Kubota’s Georgia Roots
In 1969, the Kubota Corporation introduced the first sub-compact tractor to the U.S. market, and the Kubota 21 HP L200 was an instant success. Since then, the company and its product lines have continued to grow and expand across the U.S., including two major manufacturing divisions right here in Georgia.
Kubota Manufacturing of America (KMA), headquartered in Gainesville, Georgia manufactures and assembles Kubota lawn tractors, zero-turn mowers, sub-compact tractors, utility vehicles, loaders, backhoes and other farm and lawn implements.
Established in 2004, Kubota Industrial Equipment (KIE) Headquarters opened in Jefferson, Georgia to manufacture tractor implements such as loaders and backhoes. Kubota expanded its manufacturing capacity in 2013 to produce compact tractors. About half of all the Kubota equipment sold in the United States is manufactured or assembled right here in Georgia.
If you’re looking for a tractor with specialty features, Kubota has a lot to offer and a hundred year history of high-quality equipment.
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