Earthmoving Report: New Player in Compact-Track-Loader Arena

By Katie Weiler, Managing Editor | November 10, 2010

Kubota couldn’t be prouder of its new arrivals. Engineered from the ground up, the 75-horsepower SVL75 and 90-horsepower SVL90 mark the company’s entry into the compact-track-loader market. The machines feature a vertical-lift-arm path and have rated operating capacities of 2,300 and 3,010 pounds, respectively, at 35 percent tipping load.

“The Kubota track loaders are different from our competitors,” says Greg Embury, vice president of sales and marketing. “They are created exclusively from Kubota-engineered and manufactured components in a specific track loader design…Kubota is involved in each and every aspect of these machines, and we are proud of what these compact track loaders can deliver to our customers in terms of machine quality, innovation and value.”

The company makes no small claims about the track loaders’ performance. They are billed as delivering best-in-class bucket breakout force and exceptional lifting capacity. Model SVL75 has a lifting capacity of 4,881 pounds and a 6,204-pound bucket breakout force. The SVL90 provides a bucket breakout force of 7,961 pounds and lifts 5,869 pounds. Operating weights with a closed cab, including a 175-pound operator, are 9,315 and 11,300 pounds, respectively. Open-cab weights are 9,039 and 11,023 pounds.

Both machines get their power from four-cylinder, turbocharged Kubota diesel engines. Two-speed travel and high ground clearance (11.7 and 11.8 inches, respectively) make for smooth performance on uneven jobsite terrain. The loaders come equipped with a rigid-mount undercarriage and a vertical lift designed for long reach and maximum lifting and dumping, the company says. The reach at maximum lift and dump are 41.7 inches for the SVL75 and 40.7 inches for the SVL90.

Operators will enjoy a wide cab entrance and roomy, comfortable working environment while using a convenient hand-and-foot throttle. They’ll be sitting in a high-back, adjustable suspension seat and have plenty of legroom, Kubota says. Machine maintenance is simplified with a tilt-up cabin for easy access to daily service check points including engine-oil dipstick, fuel filter, air cleaner and coolant level. It also has ground-level grease fittings. A slide-and-tilt radiator and oil cooler can be reached for cleaning by removing four bolts.  

Kubota attachments include different sizes and types of buckets as well as forks. Allied auger, cold planer and sweeper are also available. Selected Kubota dealers will now be offering Paladin-branded attachments as well, including dozer blades, trenchers, power rakes and more.   

Approximate retail price for the SVL75 is $46,640; the SVL90 costs about $56,650.