0 New Products from Kubota at IOG Saltex 2005

New Products from Kubota at IOG Saltex 2005

The new RTV900 all-terrain utility vehicle will be making its IoG SALTEX debut on the Kubota exhibit (stand number W23) at this year's show.

Representing Kubota's first-ever move into the utility vehicle sector, the RTV900 is designed to be as tough and versatile as the range of compact and larger tractors produced by Kubota for agriculture, horticulture and the turf, amenity and landscaping industries.

Key features of the vehicle include a 22hp three cylinder water-cooled diesel engine, all-wheel drive and Kubota's unique three-range variable hydrostatic transmission known as VHT. The latter delivers rapid acceleration, excellent traction across all surfaces and impressive hill climbing ability thanks to the inclusion in the system of an additional hydrostatic assist motor that "kicks in" when climbing a slope, delivering instantly more torque to the drive wheels. VHT also provides dynamic braking for safe, controlled hill starts and descents without having to use the vehicle's in-board sealed wet disc brakes.

Offering a load-carrying capacity of 500kg within its hydraulically-tipped cargo box, full hydrostatic steering and room for a passenger, the RTV900 is expected to prove a major attraction on the Kubota stand.

Other newcomers on Kubota's 2005 IoG SALTEX exhibit will be the G21-PRO and G21HD-PRO diesel ride-on mid mowers, which supersede the highly successful G18 model.

Packing 21hp engines, the two new machines retain the unique Glide Cut grass cutting and collection system first introduced by Kubota on the G18 six years ago. Heralded as the world's first triple-bladed through-cut mowing system with integral rear-mounted grass collector, Glide Cut features a rear discharge cutting deck that both cuts and collects the grass, channelling all clippings rearwards into an integral grass catcher. The hydraulically-tipped catcher is available in both standard and high-dump (HD) versions, the latter having a maximum tipping height of 1.75m (69in).

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Both incorporate features found on Kubota's commercial ride-on mowers such as shaft-driven hydrostatic transmission and cutter decks, the latter with dial-type cutting height adjustment. The GR2100 also has Kubota's revolutionary Glide Steer system which automatically disengages drive to the inside rear wheel when the front wheels' turning angle reaches 70 degrees. By allowing the inner rear wheel to spin freely as the outer wheel powers the mower through its turn, surface damage is avoided while the mower is able to cut effortlessly and tightly around trees, posts and other obstacles. When the turn is completed, drive is restored automatically to all four wheels.

Full details on all of Kubota's IoG SALTEX debutants, which include also the largest-ever Kubota tractor to be introduced into the UK and Ireland (the 105hp M105S), will be available from the Information Desk on Kubota's SALTEX stand (W23). Alternatively, phone the Kubota freephone enquiry hotline on 0800 0231111, e-mail info@kubota.co.uk or visit www.kubota.co.uk

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