Kubota launches LPG mini-excavator
By Belinda Smart06 September 2022
Kubota has launched its first LPG powered mini-excavator; showcasing the machine – along with a lineup of new and recent releases - at a recent Kubota Construction Day in Coventry.
Powered by LPG, The KX019-4 SI HGL’s Spark Ignition engine enables reduced emissions and toxicity, while offering the same levels of performance and productivity as the standard KX019-4.
It is understood one use for the machine – part of the Smart Energy Solutions range - is as a transitional option for businesses wanting to offer green machinery without investing in other, potentially cost intensive options such as electric.
“Compared to diesel engines, the new excavator emits almost zero particulate matter and reduces nitrous oxide and hydrocarbon emissions to just 5% of an equivalent diesel engine,” Kubota said in a statement.
Demonstrating the machine at the Construction Day, a Kubota spokesperson confirmed LPG refueling is simpler and faster than traditional fuel and unlike diesel fuel, the canisters cannot contaminate the work site through spillages.
The Spark Ignition engine no longer requires a diesel particulate filter, reducing the need for maintenance, and operates at lower noise levels, while providing the same levels of power as before.
“The KX019-4 LPG’s all-day uptime, quieter operation and 2.5m dig depth ensure the new machine is among Kubota’s most versatile mini-excavators, capable of operating anywhere and at any time of day or night.”