At 14,500 pounds, the WB 142-5 is a new "entry-level" backhoe loader model from Komatsu that retains many design features of its big brother, the WB146-5. For operators, visibility to the front of the four-wheel-drive WB 142-5 is maximized via the steep slope angle of the engine hood, corner-mounted exhaust and front roof cutout. To the rear, a slim backhoe boom allows the operator to see the bucket edge. A suspension seat is standard, and all electrical control switches are located in one area on the side dash. Tandem gear hydraulic pumps provide 37 gallons per minute of flow for fast cycle times. Estimated list price: $71,916.
Staff | September 28, 2010