Kubota KX042-4α – small and sustainable

Kubota KX042-4α – small and sustainable

Kubota launches the KX042-4α, a mini-excavator with sustainability at heart.

Questions of sustainability don’t end with the materials used in the construction of a development, and they begin well before the homeowner has even switched the heating on for the first time. The plant you use to build homes also has a part to play in reducing pollution and protecting the planet. Luckily, plant manufacturers are now competing against each other to offer builders excavators that leave as light a carbon footprint as possible without sacrificing strength.

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Japanese compact excavator experts Kubota have launched what they describe as the most environmentally friendly excavator in its class. The KX042-4α excavator, an update to the existing KX042-4 model, is 4-tonne machine equipped with a fully Stage-V compliant engine. 

The machine’s updated Diesel Particulate Filter incorporates both a Particulate Filter and a Diesel Oxidation Catalyst and now enables increased intervals between regeneration and longer service life. The improved DPF system ensures clean exhaust emissions and reduces maintenance by increasing the service intervals for both the regeneration filter and ash cleaner.

Using an auto idling system, the KX042-4α helps save fuel. When the control levers are in neutral for more than 4 seconds, the engine RPM automatically idles. When any control lever is moved, the engine RPM immediately returns. This feature reduces noise and exhaust emissions while reducing operating costs. 

Operator comfort has been seen to, as well. The deluxe suspension seat is designed and engineered to fit better and keep users working for longer comfortably and reducing strain. It also comes with a spacious cab and wide entrance, developed again to optimise operator comfort and give generous legroom to minimise fatigue. Those using the excavator are also able to leave the machine with ease. 

Glen Hampson, Business Development Manager for Construction at Kubota UK, said: “Our focus at Kubota is to help our customers overcome many of the barriers they face in today’s complicated industry. The KX042-4α will do just this, with a powerful and reliable engine and the versatility you need for every job on the worksite. What’s more, the Stage-V compliant engine and improved DPF will reduce emissions and increase the overall sustainability of the machine, which is a key priority across the industry.” 

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