Kubota Canada Ltd.’s new LX series of compact tractors, unveiled in the spring, bridges the gap between Kubota’s small compact (B series) and its large compact (L series) utility tractor lines. Boasting bigger tires and higher horsepower than the B series, as well as a quick-transfer K-Connect front hitch system, the LX series is designed for versatility.
“We took the original B [series] platform and beefed it up … but kept it maneuverable and agile,” says Sean Adams, product manager for compact tractors at Kubota Canada. “It’s an aggressive and attractive-looking tractor that’s being very well received by not only our dealers but also our customers.”
The LX series features include a front loader lift capacity that exceeds 1,000 pounds, bigger tires and higher horsepower than the B series, quick-transfer and K-Connect front hitch system.
The LX series provides maneuverability in a compact size, as well as enough power and weight to operate a front loader with a lift capacity of more than 1,000 pounds.
In addition to Kubota’s Grand L series and BX series, the LX is the third and final series to offer Kubota’s four-point K-Connect front hitch system. Designed for ease of use and versatility, the K-Connect system allows an operator to switch quickly and simply between snow blower, blade, broom and other attachments.
“There are other companies that offer front attachments but there are no other companies that offer the exclusive K-Connect feature where you, with simply one little lever and two other little levers, can undo the power drives, the locks, everything — without getting greasy, without requiring any tools — to switch out implements. That’s absolutely a draw for buyers,” says Adams.
The LX series has the power, comfort and versatility to tackle tasks from rural residential through commercial.
“We are confident the all-new LX series will meet the demands of residential property owners as well as commercial operators, in a wide range of applications from snow removal to landscaping,” says Yannick Montagano, vice-president of sales and marketing for Kubota Canada Ltd.
LX series tractors can also be put to multiple uses on large acreage farms, says Adams.
“It certainly could fit the larger scale farm that already has the horsepower to manage big jobs. Whether it’s smaller loader work, whether it’s work in the forest or mowing roadside ditches, whether it’s handling material inside buildings or scraping down poultry barns with a blade, this tractor has a fit for sure.”
The LX series offers three models: an entry-level LX2610SU open station model and the well-equipped LX2610 and LX3310, both of which come with open station and cab model options.
Kubota’s LX series tractors are powered by Kubota diesel engines ranging from 24.9 to 30.8 gross engine horsepower. The LX3310 model features a Kubota common rail system diesel engine engineered for harsh Canadian climate conditions, while also providing better fuel economy, lower emissions as well as a high level of power, torque and performance.
“You can be very confident that [the LX series] has gone through very rigorous cold weather testing, both for the operator’s comfort and for the performance of the machine,” says Adams. “Kubota in Canada is pretty proud of our Canadian focus and Canadian testing.”
Operator comfort and functionality are top priorities across the LX series. The cab model is equipped with a four-pillar integrated cabin and includes premium standard features like heater and air conditioner, front and rear LED work lights, cabin interior light, front and rear wipers with washer, rear defogger and speakers. Both open station and cab models feature cruise control, tilt steering and a new deluxe suspension seat with armrests.
“You know when you’re buying this tractor, whether you buy the cab or open, you won’t have to set it up with all the options you need because that’s already done for you,” says Adams.
The three-point hitch offers superior lift capacity for a wide variety of performance-matched rear implements, such as mowers, wood-chippers, ditchers, grading equipment and snow blowers. It is the largest tractor Kubota sells with a mid-mount, shaft-driven mower deck in 60 and 72 inches. And, it is outfitted with Goodyear R14 crossover tires featuring hybrid tread to suit a variety of applications in all kinds of snow, ice, turf or mud conditions.
“What’s key is the incredible permutations of attachments and implements you can have on this tractor to meet all your day-to-day needs,” says Adams. “The versatility of this machine makes it incredible.”