Line of versatile skid steers is now available (with related video)
Torrance, Calif.-based Kubota Tractor Corporation recently unveiled its SSV-Series skid steer loaders. Two models are available that serve construction, public works, grounds maintenance, landscaping and other government applications. The SSV-Series includes the 64-gross-horsepower SSV65 and the 74-gross-horsepower SSV75. This is the firm’s first skid steer loader line.
SSV models have a slide-up, front-entry door that rises overhead, instead of swinging out. The design allows the door to be opened regardless of loader position so that the operator can enter and exit the machine even when the skid steer is in a tight or difficult position. Other standard features include a spacious, dust-resistant pressurized cabin with climate control system, and a side light that allows visibility and safe operation at night. An optional multi-function lever feature is available, allowing for fingertip control of major machine and implement functions.
An EPA Tier 4 certified four-cylinder Kubota diesel engine powers the SSV-Series. The vertical lift geometry skid steers have standard two-speed travel and optional high-flow hydraulics. The SSV65 boasts a rated operating capacity of 1,950 pounds and bucket breakout force of 4,839 pounds; the SSV75 has a rated operating capacity of 2,690 pounds and bucket breakout force of 5,884 pounds. The loaders on the SSV-Series are capable of dumping into a dump truck with 10-foot sides. Both models feature hand-and-foot controls, and pilot control models are expected to join the lineup next year.
The models are easily serviced and maintained, according to the manufacturer. For example, the battery on the SSV models is positioned so that it is readily accessible for service and inspection; oil and fuel filters are placed in easy-to-access locations where drips will not leak on electrical components during changing; and bolt-on access handles were added to the cab so they can be easily replaced if damaged. In addition, the models have a fuel tank that is located in the rear door for quick, clean and easy refueling. The tank has enough fuel capacity to work all day, according to the manufacturer.
In the video, Kubota’s John Ryan talks about characteristics of the SSV75 and how it can be used in landscaping applications.