March 2021 Vol. 76 No. 3

New Products

New Products

Kubota Introduces Next-Generation Compact Excavators 

Two, new compact excavators – KX057-5 and U55-5 – lead Kubota Tractor Corporation’s construction equipment product introductions in 2021. 

“With the new KX057-5 and the U55-5, Kubota offers not only a broad selection of 13 compact excavator models, but also complete flexibility with conventional and reduced-tail-swing offerings in the 1-to-6-ton weight classes,” said Patrick Baker, Kubota Construction Equipment product manager. 

Next-generation models are outfitted with standard technology and comfort packages, plus more options for ultimate customization. 

Replacing the KX057-4 in Kubota’s K Series of compact excavators, KX057-5 boasts an impressive 47.6 gross horsepower, a working range that includes a digging depth of 12 feet 9 inches, and an impressive bucket breakout force of 10,172 pounds. 

Technology features include a new full-color, seven-inch LCD screen that provides all the information the operator needs to know with a quick glance. An optional keyless start is available for the first time on Kubota’s excavators. The engine can be started with a four-digit code, and up to 10 user passwords can be set. With this new technology, operators no longer need to worry about lost keys. 

Engineered to meet the needs of contractors working in tight spaces, U55-5 has an impressive 47.6 horsepower, working range that includes a digging depth of 11 feet 11 inches, and maximum dump height of 13 feet 2 inches. 

It’s available in canopy or cab models. A redesigned cabin features a double adjustable seat and greater head and foot space. The cab was designed to reduce noise and help protect the operator’s ears. A large new full-color LCD screen provides all operational information. Other upgrades include optional rear-view camera and keyless start. 

The company also launched a new quick coupler for its 3- to 4-ton excavator class, including KX033, U35 and KX040. It allows operators to change buckets from the comfort of the operator seat, in a matter only 10 to 15 seconds. 

It includes custom control packages for a perfect fit on each excavator model, such as specialized hose kits and a spring-applied hydraulic release locking mechanism. The new coupler is construction grade, compatible with older-style buckets and engineered for everyday use on the job site. 


Kubota Tractor Corporation, (888) 458-2682, 


John Deere Rolls Out Performance Tiering Strategy 

Developed in response to evolving customer needs and expectations, John Deere launches its Performance Tiering Strategy. Available first on the wheel loader lineup, the strategy supports customers by three tiers of machines built for various applications and jobs to enhance profitability and efficiency. 

“Every job site is unique, and customers want machine solutions that can be personalized to meet their diverse needs, including performance, price and comfort,” said Jason Daly, global director, production systems, technology and marketing, John Deere. “By offering three tiers, customers can move up or down the spectrum to find the right mix of features, performance and innovation for their business and application.” 

The three Performance Tiers are defined as: 

  • Adding a premium edge, the X-tier models are built with the most innovative John Deere technology and features, delivering the highest levels of productivity, efficiency and customer experience.
  • P-tier models can be counted on to produce at high levels, day in and day out. Advanced features deliver exceptional performance, efficiency, comfort and service life in demanding, high-production applications.
  • G-tier models are practically and economically equipped, providing proven capabilities to complete common light- to medium-duty tasks – such as stockpiling, short load-and-carry, truck and hopper loading, and material handling – with the reliability and ruggedness expected from John Deere.

The 444-724 P-tier wheel loaders are comparable to the current L-Series, including a redesigned cab, standard parallel lift Z-Bar loader linkage, high-lift plus option, electrohydraulic controls and dual return-to-dig settings. 

A highly productive and efficient 5-metric-ton wheel loader, the 644 X-tier, features E-Drive technology, comprises a diesel-electric drivetrain and exemplifies the type of innovative features that distinguish the X tier. 

The 644 G-tier is equipped with an all-new cab designed to boost operator comfort and productivity. Customers can customize the machine through a variety of base-level packages, including axles, tires, ride control, seats, radio and rear chassis work-light selections. 

Customers can distinguish the various levels of tiering by not only the attributes and capabilities, but also by the distinct branding and design cues on the machines. 


John Deere, (844) 809-1508, 


TT Technologies Introduces Updated GrundoPit 

TT Technologies’ redesigned Grundopit pit-launched mini directional drill is well suited for difficult fiber-to-the-home and utility service line installations in tight working conditions. The unit is compact, 54 inches long, 43 inches wide and 57 inches tall. The Grundopit delivers 13,489 lbs. of thrust and pull back and 553 ft. lbs. of torque with bore lengths up to 150 feet. The Grundopit is an ideal entry-level system for utilities, cable industries or as a supplement to larger units. 

The new unit features a patented instant plug-in lock that holds the drill stem in place. The instant plug-in lock system allows new drill stems to be added easily by engaging the new drill stem at the rotational motor. This means that drill stems are only screwed into the lead stem and not the rotational motor, cutting the time it takes to add a stem in half. 

Components include a two-part bore rig, patented drill stem plug in, 30 drill stems, bore head with angled steering surface, backreamer and swivel coupling, hose package and power pack. 


TT Technologies, (800) 533-2078, 

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