Kubota F80 front mowers have been released by Kubota Corporation, the company that developed the front mower concept around 20 years ago.
Featuring enhanced durability, easy maintenance and improved operator comfort, the new F80 models raise the benchmark for commercial mowing equipment.
The 28 horsepower F2880 and 36 horsepower F3680 are powered by Kubota 3 and 4 cylinder diesel engines respectively.
Both engines produce a high torque rise, less vibration, less noise and deliver outstanding fuel economy.
An integrated radiator screen forms part of the engine hood to expand the size and effectiveness of the air intake port. This reduces the likelihood of overheating when operating in hot conditions.
A choice of either a 1.5m or 1.8m side discharge mower deck is offered and it is in this vital area that the F80 series shine.
Constructed from 7 gauge steel, these fabricated heavy duty decks are designed to provide reliable cutting performance even in harsh conditions. The 140mm deep deck efficiently handles long grass as there is enough room underneath the deck to cope with a large volume of grass. Cast iron pulleys and a multi V belt drive system transmit power directly to the mower blades while the PTO shaft drive smoothly transfers power from the engine to the deck.
In addition to a full 90 degree tilt angle for easy deck servicing, the F80 series has an improved deck lift capacity of 40% for easier lifting of the heavier mower deck.
For extended periods of mowing the fuel tank capacity has been increased to 61 litres thereby reducing the number of re fuelling stops required.
Featuring a two range hydrostatic transmission with a fast top speed of 20 km/h, power steering and auto-assist four wheel drive, the F80 series can quickly cover a large area of ground and comfortably mow uphill and in slippery conditions.
The layout of controls and instrumentation has been improved and the deluxe suspension seat with arm rests is positioned 100mm further back than previous models to provide more legroom. A tilt steering wheel not only facilitates a comfortable driving position, but also makes getting on and off easier, so operators do not have to worry about bumping their knees.
Both models are sold with a foldable safety frame as standard equipment and are competitively priced to ensure Kubota of volume sales from the outset.