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Kubota unveils new KX080-4a2 midi excavator

October 15th, 2019 Comments off

New machine delivers usual Kubota efficiency with a cleaner design and improved performance

Kubota, a leading manufacturer of construction machinery, today announces the launch of the KX080-4a2 as the latest in its range of midi excavators.

This new machine is capable of the same reliable performance as previous models but includes Kubota’s V3307 direct injection engine – which is now fully Stage-V compliant.  The new model has a reduced engine RPM DPF re-gen, giving reduced noise levels, increased DPF re-gen intervals and increased DPF replacement life. This reduces maintenance costs and the machine’s environmental impact whilst enhancing productivity for a wide range of tasks.

The KX080-4a2 incorporates a brand new 2-pump load-sensing hydraulic system which ensures smoother operations when using front attachments, regardless of loading size. By allowing hydraulic oil to flow according to the specific range of the operator’s lever motion, the new system reduces fuel consumption and improves the overall operating performance. The machine’s auto idling system is fitted as standard – reducing not only running costs but noise and exhaust emissions, enabling users to operate in a wider range of environments. What’s more, vital components such as the battery, fluid tanks and filters are now easier to access, making maintenance simpler than ever.

Numerous safety features come as standard on the KX080-4a2; such as the auto-stop function on the tank’s electric refuelling pump, an anti-drop valve on the boom and arm cylinder, advanced visibility mirrors, a seat belt indicator and increased stability. The machine is protected by Kubota’s highly regarded anti-theft system, meaning only programmed keys will enable the engine to start up. Anyone attempting to start with an un-programmed key will activate the alarm. Newly enhanced features send an alert to remind the operator to extract the key after operation, and an LED to alert potential thieves that the system is activated.

The updated excavator – which is a compact width of 2,200mm comes with a floating dozer blade fitted as standard. This model has been designed with improved operator comfort, including a more spacious cab, improved foot space, including a re-designed foot pedals and deluxe high-back suspension seat. The cab features an air conditioning unit and an easy-to-read LCD panel so users can monitor the machine’s status at all times.

The machine can also be equipped with a two-piece boom. This feature’s user-friendly design makes operation simple whilst its innovative hydraulic mechanism enables smooth operation. Users benefit from expanded working range, impressive dumping range and the ability to operate in narrow spaces.

Glen Hampson, Business Development Manager, Construction Division, Kubota UK, comments: “We are delighted to be unveiling our latest midi excavator. At Kubota, our customers and their needs are at the heart of every one of our products and the KX080-4a2 is no exception. Offering a market leading performance with improved comfort and lower maintenance costs, this newest addition to our fleet will enhance convenience and boost productivity for users, without compromising on Kubota’s well-renowned reliability. It will also aid compliance with the latest environmental and industry standards, making it the ideal excavator for a range of different jobs and environments.”  

For more information on the new KX080-4a2 or the rest of the Kubota construction machinery range, please contact your local authorised Kubota dealer or visit


A deeper dive into BIM – a new immersive experience brings 3D models to life at Digital Construction Week

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A deeply immersive experience that allows architects, engineers and contractors to explore, touch and annotate 3D BIM models as they ‘walk’ through construction and civil engineering projects will be on display at next week’s Digital Construction Week (DCW) at ExCeL, London.

3D Repo, the pioneer of a cloud-based digital construction platform for design collaboration in 3D BIM, has partnered with Mission Room to bring one of its large touch-screen media displays to the show. This installation enables a virtual walk-through of construction and infrastructure projects, giving greater depth of understanding of the projects’ complexities, risks and solutions.

Consisting of three large screens and suspended projectors, Mission Room’s theatre-style viewing system allows project managers to view their BIM models like never before. Clients, contractors and designers can conduct detailed cross-functional reviews of models from any location, and the software allows them to annotate content and quickly share results across the business.

In addition to demonstrating its multi award-winning BIM collaboration tools, 3D Repo is offering visitors the opportunity to see a demo of their own 3D models on the large screen at stand E22 at Digital Construction Week on 16-17 October.

Delegates can email 3D Repo at to request a secure link so they can upload their models prior to the event.

Dr Jozef Dobos, founder and CEO of 3D Repo, says:

“Digital Construction Week is all about exploring the potential of industrial technologies to help create a better built environment, and we’re excited to join the conversation, to discover new opportunities, and to showcase the possibilities of our own digital platform.”

3D Repo is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform for BIM coordination in the cloud. Its platform allows users to manage 3D model revisions and to highlight potential issues using live collaboration tools, which enable the whole project team to work from a single source of truth anywhere and at any time.

Instead of architects, engineers and contractors sharing massive proprietary files in a costly and time-consuming manner, they can simply point their web browser to an encrypted cloud platform in order to examine each project stage virtually.

The 3D Repo team has collaborated on a number of large-scale projects with companies such as Atkins, Balfour Beatty, Bryden Wood, Buro Happold, Canary Wharf Contractors and Crossrail among others.