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Welsh Council Switches To Kubota For Grave Digging Contract


South Wales plant hirer Hire One has supplied four Kubota mini-excavators to Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council for a long-term grave digging contract.

The two 1.5 tonne KX41-3 and two 2.5 tonne U25-3 zero tail swing models are the first Kubota machines to enter the plant hirer’s excavator fleet.

They were bought after the Council carried out extensive appraisals of various suppliers' machine, with its cemetery staff opting overwhelmingly in favour of using the Kubota models.

Hire One has held the contract to supply the local authority with grave digging plant for its cemeteries for 12 years. For the past four years the Council had been using JCB minis, after switching from Bobcats.

The cabbed Kubota minis were supplied by Cambrian Plant Sales, the exclusive Kubota Construction Equipment dealer for South Wales.

All machines have long dippers for maximum reach so as to carry out the customer's digging requirements quickly and efficiently.

The Kubota KX41-3 has a greater lifting force, deeper digging depth and more powerful digging force than any other mini excavator in the 1.5 tonne class, and is loaded with all the features to tackle the most challenging of jobs.

An 1100 mm arm fitted as standard provides a maximum digging force of 7.8 kN (796 kgf). The digging force of the bucket is 15.6 kN (1592 kgf).

It's powered by a three-cylinder Kubota D-902 engine with 898cc displacement providing economical and environmentally clean power, and weighs 1610 kg (with cabin).

The U25-3 is one of five models in Kubota's extremely popular U-3 Series of zero tail swing machines, designed for fast, convenient movement between sites and safe, high performance digging operations, particularly in confined and awkward areas.

By keeping the rear engine hood within the track at all times, it is able to work safely close to buildings, walls and busy roads or pavements without restriction. It offers remarkable operator comfort and environmental efficiency, with unmatched 360-degree manoeuvrability.

Mike Donnelly of Cambrian Plant Sales said: “We were delighted that the Council chose to switch to Kubota for the cemeteries contract largely on account of operator preference”.

“They were looking for a reliable mini-excavator that was easy to operate, narrow enough to get between the gravestones, and which could work safely on severe slopes.”

Kubota is the European and world leader in mini excavators and offers the widest range of machines available from a single manufacturer. Customers can select from 18 base models spanning the weight range from 850 kg to 8 tonnes and including the largest selection of increasingly popular zero tail swing machines.

All Kubota minis, from 1.5 tonne upwards, feature their unique 'ANTI-THEFT' system. This complete, easy-to-use security device was the first and is still the only one of its kind fitted as standard equipment by a mini excavator manufacturer.

With a legendary reputation for quality, performance, reliability and excellent resale values, their productivity and versatility make them the ideal tool for many different applications and end-users, from civil engineering to landscaping and plant hire companies to owner operators.

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