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Construction Employment Growth Still Healthy, New York Reaches New High

Thirty nine states added construction jobs in February, indicating demand for commercial and residential real estate is still strong.
February 2017 State Construction Employment, Source: The Associated General Contractors of America, Bureau of Labor Statistics
February 2017 State Construction Employment, Source: The Associated General Contractors of America, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Forty-three states added construction jobs between February 2016 and this February, while 39 states added construction jobs during February of this year, according to the Associated General Contractors of America, crunching U.S. Department of Labor data released Monday. That’s a mark that demand for commercial and residential real estate is still strong, with developers and lenders willing to go ahead with construction.

Even so, association officials noted that the despite the relatively widespread increase in construction employment, most states are still significantly below peak construction employment levels. But not all: Five states reached new highs for construction employment this year, including Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, South Dakota and Texas.

Florida added the most construction jobs (34,700 positions, up 7.5 percent) during the past year. Other states adding a high number of new construction jobs year-over-year include California (16,500 jobs, up 2.2 percent); Texas (14,200 jobs, up 2 percent); and Louisiana (13,500 jobs, up 9.6 percent).

Seven states and the District of Columbia shed construction jobs between February 2016 and this February. Mississippi lost the highest number and percentage of construction jobs (down 4,000 jobs, or 8.7 percent). Other locations with steep percentage losses year-over-year include D.C. (down 6.9 percent) and Alaska (down 3 percent).


Komatsu’s New D51EX/PX-24 Dozers Bring Performance, Fuel Efficiency Boosts

Wayne Grayson | March 29, 2017

Komatsu has introduced improved models of its D51 dozers with updates including a new engine, transmission and cab improvements.

The new D51EX-24 and D51PX-24 are both powered by a 131-horsepower, 4.5-liter Komatsu SAA4D107E-7 engine. The engine improves fuel efficiency by 13 percent over previous D51 models and meets Tier 4 Final standards through the use of a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR). The dozers feature 100 percent passive regeneration without a diesel particulate filter (DPF).

The engine also features an Economy mode and auto-idle shutdown.

Also under the hood are a new water-cooled variable geometry turbocharger and a new transmission. Operators can choose between two transmission modes: A quick shift, three-speed mode and a variable 20-speed mode.

Inside the cab, operators will find a new 7-inch high resolution color monitor that displays machine performance and diagnostics in real time. A rearview camera system comes standard along with a heated, air suspension seat with adjustable arm rests.

The Komtrax 5.0 telematics service keeps operators and owners up to date on DOC status, DEF and fuel levels, operating hours, location and maintenance alerts. The new D51 dozers also support Komatsu’s Operator ID system which can sort Komtrax data by job, application or operator.


Wayne Grayson | March 29, 2017

Your Invitation to PBE’s 10th Annual Golf Outing Fundraiser


The Boniface family and Pine Bush Equipment Relay Team cordially invite you to join us for our 10th annual Relay for Life Golf Outing!  

We will be hosting a golf outing at Apple Greens Golf Course, 161 South St Highland, NY 12528 on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 8:00 AM registration and 9:00 AM Shotgun start.  It’s a great event with three meals, a wonderful tricky tray raffle, door prizes, a commemorative journal and so much more!

Over the past eleven years we have supported the American Cancer Society through our local Relay for Life by hosting golf outings, raising over $210,000 to date through generous support!  We suspended our golf outing in 2016 for our 60th anniversary celebration and thanks to you we were able to raise $39,000 at our anniversary events!

We are asking for your help to support our Relay for Life team and the American Cancer Society by participating with us this year.  If you are not a golfer you can join us for dinner, or join our team and come out to Relay on June 10, 2017 at the Town of Crawford Park in Pine Bush NY.

Here is the registration form, please fill it out and send it back to either Holly Bodnar at 845-744-2006 ext. 1234 ( or Michele Mecking ext. 1209 ( by April 15, 2017.


Holly Bodnar
Pine Bush Equipment Co., Inc.
97 Route 302, Pine Bush, NY 12566
P: 845-744-2006 x1234
F: 845-744-2900

The Tractor that Started it All, is Changing it All: New Kubota BX80-Series Sub-Compact Tractors

The Manufacturer that Created the Sub-Compact Tractor Category Brings New BX Line to Market; Kubota Dealers See Surge in Demand
Kubota introduces its new BX80-Series with four models. (Photo: Business Wire)

Kubota introduces its new BX80-Series with four models. (Photo: Business Wire)

GRAPEVINE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Last fall Kubota Tractor Corporation announced that it would be innovating the sub-compact tractor category with a sneak-peek introduction of its new BX80-Series sub-compact diesel tractors; today, the new line is now available nationwide and dealers are experiencing a surge in sales and excitement. The all-new BX80-Series includes four new tractor models: BX1880, BX2380, BX2680, and BX23S, which leads the sub-compact tractor class with our exclusive Swift-Tach Loader and Swift-Connect Backhoe as standard equipment. Combining Kubota reliability and power with unmatched versatility and intuitive, easy-to-operate design, the BX80-Series is ideal for residential property owners.

“We’re excited and encouraged about the initial consumer response. The new BX-Series truly is the perfect choice for first-time tractor buyers, and is sure to be the sharpest looking tool in your garage.”

“We are thrilled that the new BX80-Series has finally arrived; they are a superior product compared to anything currently in the sub-compact market,” said Marc Bourgeois, principal owner, MB Tractor & Equipment with locations in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts. “Kubota’s previous line, the BX70-Series, built its stellar reputation based on the fact that it’s the little orange tractor that would run forever. Now, Kubota has ‘upped the ante’ with the new BX80-Series, taking the sub-compact category to a whole new level with its new Swift-Tach Loader, Swift-Connect Backhoe, and Easy-Over Mower Deck option. Across the dealer network anticipation has been building for the arrival of new BX80-Series. We put in a large order and anticipate them to move quickly off our showroom floor.”

Kubota created the sub-compact market category in 2000 with the first introduction of the BX sub-compact tractor. The new BX80-Series was previewed last October at the company’s Annual Dealer Meeting and was immediately met with excitement and orders, which is now arriving at Kubota dealerships nationwide.

“We’ve taken our experience and existing customer feedback during the last 17 years to enhance performance and ease-of-use with this exciting new BX80-Series,” said Robert Cockroft, Kubota sub-compact and compact tractor product manager. “We’re excited and encouraged about the initial consumer response. The new BX-Series truly is the perfect choice for first-time tractor buyers, and is sure to be the sharpest looking tool in your garage.”

The BX1880, BX2380 and the BX2680 are equipped with a rollover protection system, which now conveniently fits through most standard 7-ft high garage door openings. The series blends ease of operation and unmatched versatility with the legendary reliability of Kubota diesel engines. The BX1880, BX2380 and BX2680 deliver 18-, 23-, and 25.5-horsepower, respectively. A 23-horsepower engine brings Kubota reliability and superior torque to the new BX23S tractor-loader-backhoe model. Kubota’s powerful and efficient, liquid-cooled 3-cylinder diesel engines, combined with four-wheel drive, provide traction and confidence for completing the job while using less fuel than gasoline engines.

Easy-to-Attach Tools Transform the BX80 into Versatile Machine

The new BX80-Series makes it easier than ever to attach the complete line of tools and implements. The LA344 Swift-Tach loader, offered for the BX1880, BX2380 and BX2680, and the LA340 Swift-Tach loader for the BX23S, can be removed or attached without the operator leaving the operator’s station.

A new 4-point front hitch enables accessories, like blades, brooms and snowblowers to be equipped. A complete line of rear- mounted Land Pride implements, including rear snowblowers, are easily attached with the standard Category I 3-point hitch. All four BX80 tractors offer multiple deck options, including the Easy Over Deck, Kubota’s easy to use drive over deck.

Kubota’s BX23S Leads the Class with a Standard-Equipped Swift-Connect Backhoe Unit

From the moment it is delivered, the BX23S is ready to tackle any tough job with its standard-equipped and industry-leading LA340 Swift-Tach Loader and all-new BT603 Swift-Connect Backhoe. The Kubota Swift-Tach system provides unmatched ease in removing and attaching the front loader, while the BT603 Kubota Swift-Connect Backhoe is easy to remove without tools, without any pins to store or lose. All BX80-Series loaders and the BT603 backhoe includes upgraded flat-faced couplers that do not seep fluid when released or installed, and are easy to connect, even under pressure. A boom lock, for increased safety, is standard on the BT603. A wide range of bucket options including an 8-inch, 12-inch and 16-inch bucket offer even more productivity, and a mechanical thumb, for picking up items such as logs, is optional on the new BX23S.

Deluxe Comfort, Simple Operation and Effortless Storage

The hardworking BX80-Series tractors build on Kubota’s legendary operator ergonomics and user-intuitive operator controls to make it easier and more comfortable for the operator during any job. The easy-to-read modern dash displays all information needed for operation, and a cubby hole with a 12-volt outlet provides a cell phone charging port. The improved deluxe seat and tilt steering on the BX2380 and the BX2680 is now more comfortable for a better operator ride and improved adjustability while increasing operator comfort. A new design for the distinctive BX-Series front grill guard, which protects the tractor front end, matches the contours of the new aesthetically pleasing tractor design. The full-forward opening hood offers easy cleaning and service access to the top-of-class Kubota diesel engine, which requires less maintenance than gasoline engines.

About Kubota Tractor Corporation

Kubota Tractor Corporation, Grapevine, Texas, is the U.S. marketer and distributor of Kubota-engineered and manufactured machinery and equipment, including a complete line of tractors of up to 170 Gross hp, performance-matched implements, compact and utility-class construction equipment, consumer lawn and garden equipment, hay tools and spreaders, commercial turf products and utility vehicles. For product literature or dealer locations, contact: Kubota Tractor Corporation, 1000 Kubota Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051, (888) 4-KUBOTA [(888) 458-2682], Ext. 900, or visit

Kubota Tractor Corporation reserves the right to change the stated specifications without notice. These comparisons are for descriptive purposes only and do not provide any express or implied warranty of any nature, including any warranty of merchantability or for a particular purpose. For complete operational information, the operator’s manual should be consulted. Kubota strongly recommends the use of a Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) and seat belt in almost all applications. Kubota Tractor Corporation supplies products and services to United States residents only. For information regarding Kubota products or services outside the United States, see Kubota Corporation’s global web site.

Kubota BX80-Series 100-Word Description

Kubota introduces its BX80-Series of sub-compact 4WD diesel tractors, the BX1880, BX2380, BX2680 and BX23S, which leads the sub-compact tractor class as a standard-equipped loader-backhoe unit. The BX80-Series maintains unmatched ergonomics and operability, with Kubota engines delivering top-of-class power and fuel efficiency. The BX80-Series maintains owner-friendly versatility with attachments and implements for any job, including mid-mount mower decks, operator-friendly Swift-Tach front loaders, front- and rear-mounted snowblowers, and a full line of industry-leading Land Pride implements. The new BX23S comes standard with the LA340 Swift-Tach Loader and new BT603 Swift-Connect Backhoe.


Kubota Tractor Corporation
Christine Schunk
Kubota Newsroom: 877-582-6826



Tried and tested: 24 Construction Apps at Work on the Job Site

Collaborative, powerful and intuitive, app-enabled smartphones and tablets have quickly become essential job site tools across the construction industry. Between 2012 and 2016, the number of construction pros who said mobile technology wasn’t mission critical to business plummeted from 40.1% to 20.7%, according to the annual Construction Technology Report conducted by JBKnowledge.

While that still leaves one in five AEC workers suspect of the mobile-optimized job site, the numbers are dwindling, and for some, the fully paperless, productivity-enhanced working environment provided by construction mobile apps (and related software) can’t come soon enough.

Josh Lannen is the quality assurance and control manager for Boston, MA-based construction management firm Bond Brothers. “We are desperately trying to completely rid ourselves of the paper,” Lannen said. “There are still some holdouts we struggle to convince that mobile is a better way, that paper-based project documentation and reporting is two things: expensive and old.”

Paper is also not, well, mobile, said Lannen, who uses smart phones and tablets “non-stop” for QA/QC assurance at Bond Brothers’ education, healthcare, heavy civil and power generation projects across the Northeast to update and share project and design documentation in real-time with subs and other stakeholders.

As mobile apps continue to proliferate and provide solutions to timekeeping, safety audit, asset tracking, project management, drone flight optimization and more, Lassen and others expect efficiencies to win out over tradition. Indeed, the current wave of new apps shows no signs of slowing down.

Here’s a look at some of the popular smartphone and tablet apps seeing adoption across job sites.

Safety and security

  • Minnetonka, MN-based road sign maker SignCAD released its Cone ZONE mobile app to help road workers create optimized construction and traffic zones. Built-in video logging enables crews to document, manage and share up-to-date information about work zone conditions.
  • Companies like Chicago-based Thomas Roszak Architecture are using TrueLook cameras for project time-lapse videos and to remotely monitor job site conditions and activity via mobile apps. The cameras are mounted inside a polycarbonate thermal plastic alloy enclosure and can operate on job sites with temperatures ranging between 25 degrees below zero and 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Technology developers, including San Francisco, CA-based SafetyCulture and Reston, VA-based Canvas, are attempting to take construction safety compliance into the paperless era with a suite of apps that include field safety auditing, real-time accident inspection, OSHA reporting, fall prevention and other safety checklists and job site safety analysis.
  • Speaking of fall protection, San Diego, CA-based electrical engineer John Whitcraft said a go-to, daily use app for Whitcraft Engineering Solutions teams is My Altitude, which provides location, altitude in height from sea level, barometric pressure and relative water boiling point.

Equipment and vehicle management

Fleet manager app photo
GPSTrackIt Fleet Manager app
Credit: GPSTrackIt
  • The Fleet Manager app from Henderson, NV-based GPSTrackIt lets vehicle managers and dispatchers see the real-time location of equipment, and provides unauthorized and after-hours use alerts and specific operator assignments to minimize the risk of equipment theft and vandalism by providing visibility into crew and asset locations at all times.
  • Designed to help salespeople optimize customer meeting times and location routes, San Francisco-based Badger also promises route optimization for construction material suppliers and for foremen and supervisors conducting regular job site visits on multiple jobs. The app provides traffic and road conditions and comes with backend lead management and CRM tools.
  • While companies including Equipment Share and Equippo offer mobile-optimized, online marketplaces for renting idle equipment, the team at has developed the iTrucking app to provide smartphone-powered job listings for the Class A and Class B drivers, along with breaking news articles on the commercial trucking and haulage industry.
  • With gas prices projected to climb in 2017, Boston, MA-based GasBuddy offers an iPhone, Android and Windows app for locating the cheapest and closest fuel (including diesel). The app also features pricing forecasts and a trip cost calculator.

Worker productivity and reporting

  • Plano, TX-based general contractor One Source Building Services is using Timesheet Mobile to minimize “buddy punching,” or inaccurate/late time entries, and increase job site efficiency. The GPS-enabled app allows workers to virtually punch in and out of geo-fenced work zones, and it has saved One Source $5,000 per month compared to the firm’s previous paper-based timesheet process, according to a Timesheet Mobile case study.
  • Danville, CA-based R&J Construction likewise deployed the StreetSmart app from ClickSoftware to optimize timekeeping with worker location via GPS. The app also captures mileage reimbursement information automatically from worker phones, saving R&J up to $10,000 a month from erroneous expense reporting, according to ClickSoftware vice president of strategic industries Steve Smith.
  • The Neat Company out of Philadelphia is deploying its Neat app into construction verticals to offer companies a mobile solution for managing expense receipts and costs reporting. The Neat app captures data from photo images of receipts, prepopulating vendor, data and time, cost, and other itemized information into popular accounting software, including QuickBooks and Sage.

Project management

Bridgit closeout app photo
Bridgit Closeout app
Credit: Bridgit
  • Major AEC project management and collaboration mobile app solution providers include Bluebeam, FieldWire, Procore, and PlanGrid, each of which provides plan access, review and updating, task creation and scheduling, take-off and punch list management, and more.
  • On the design and planning side, Lannen said Bond Brothers uses the BIM 360 Field app from Autodesk more than any other mobile solution to collaborate with architects, engineers and subs and to maintain accurate and up-to-date project documentation in both 2-D and 3-D.
  • Field reporting app Raken is used by firms including Bowen, Rand Construction and Turner Construction for collecting daily subcontractor reports via mobile app as opposed to paper- and spreadsheet-driven processes.
  • Other subcontractor communication apps include San Diego, CA-based eSub, which provides access to contracts, insurance documents, RFIs, change orders and the most current project plans.
  • Seattle, WA-based Anderson Construction has adopted Bridgit Closeout as its primary, app-driven punch list management tool. The Closeout app features project lists, subcontractor assignments, construction defect documentation, and PDF and Excel reporting outputs.


  • Based out of Round Rock, TX, national drone services provider Drone Dispatch provides detailed topographic data, point cloud data, volumetric data, 3-D models and more by utilizing the DroneDeploy and SkyCatch apps that provide advanced mapping and photo modeling technologies, respectively. “Drones are becoming more prevalent on the construction site because of the capabilities they can provide through these apps,” said Drone Dispatch CEO Chris Bonnet.
  • Raleigh, NC-based Precision Hawk offers a free mobile app that will automatically fly a drone over construction sites to collect photogrammetry and thermal imagery for mapping and analysis. With off-app software, the imagery can be stitched together into 2-D and 3-D maps for tracking projects, managing resources and conducting volumetric material calculations.
  • Berkeley, CA-based 3D Robotics partnered with Autodesk and Sony to offer SiteScan, a camera-to-app-to-cloud system for optimized drone flight path planning and high-resolution reality capture.


Adapt or Die: Future of construction will require contractors to embrace technology

Kiewit is known as one of the country’s top construction firms. What is less well known is that they’ve diversified into software development.

InEight is the company’s wholly owned subsidiary and offers HD Suite a group of software programs covering the gamut of back office and field solutions for all sizes of companies in the building, infrastructure, mining, oil and gas, and utility industries. (For more on this, see subhead “By contractors for contractors” on page 82).

So why would a $9-billion, global construction company diversify from dirt and diesel into digits?

“We did an internal study and looked at the top 500 construction companies from 1965 and compared that list to the top 500 companies in 2015,” says Chris Dill, vice president of Kiewit Technology Group.

“What we found was startling – 450 of 500 who were on the list in 1965 were gone in 2015,” Dill says. “Not off the list…gone.” Dill made his remarks as the closing keynote speaker at this year’s Trimble Dimensions conference, and in a follow up interview with Equipment World.

Kiewit dug into the details and found three primary causes for the demise of 90 percent of the country’s top construction companies.

Change. They failed to recognize what was going on around them quickly enough to address it and mitigate the challenge.

Innovation. They failed to adopt and use technology.

Risk. They took on projects that went drastically over budget.

But Kiewit is also keeping its eye on the challenges of the future, Dill says, including:

A global population of 10 billion by 2050. The construction market needed to serve this population will grow to $15 trillion a year – a great opportunity, but only for those companies with the systems, efficiency and technology to support exponential growth. 

Construction’s lack of productivity growth. “Construction is disjointed and geographically dispersed,” Dill says. “Communication and connectivity across the construction supply chain is a real challenge – and it’s only becoming more complex for our industry.”

Public-Private-Partnerships (P3s) and the changing relationship with project owners. In the past, construction companies built the project, cashed the check and moved on. Financing, engineering, operations and maintenance were done by somebody else. Today, those lines are increasingly blurred, especially with P3s, where the contractor may finance or partially finance the project, design and engineer the structure, and then perform the maintenance and upkeep for up to five decades.


Pushing out paper

Well before the creation of its software subsidiary InEight, Kiewit was an industry leader in the adoption of technology. In the past few years the company moved aggressively to eliminate as much paper as possible from their processes.

“In 2010, we did over two-million visual equipment inspections on paper and processed one-million time cards,” Dill says. “We had trailers full of people processing that paper.” Kiewit realized its business could not evolve with the market as long as it relied on inefficient paper systems.

In 2011, the company launched a massive initiative to modernize its processes and eliminate paper. “Now what you see on our jobsites is a lot of supervisors and foremen walking around with iPads in their hands,” says Dill. Communication between the office and the field becomes instantaneous and actionable at any level, helping everybody make good decisions without delays.


A single source of truth

Kiewit had also been an early adopter of third-party process management and back office software. “We had great solutions that did an excellent job,” says Dill. “The problem was they were largely single point solutions. They were used within a discipline, and those disciplines got value from them; but that information was not used in any larger context where we could paint a broader, more complete picture of what’s going on across a complete job or the entire portfolio.”

Looking for a more holistic approach to information, Kiewit began building its own software solutions to create what Dill calls “a single source of truth” that would link the all the office functions to all the field functions. And with multiple subcontractors to coordinate, the company also shared the software with its partners. Out of this endeavor, the InEight subsidiary was born.


By contractors for contractors

Originally created for internal use, the software developed into a suite of products to cover the full scope of Kiewit’s operations. And rather than keep it to themselves, Kiewit created InEight to sell this same software to the construction market at large, billing it as construction software built by a construction company.

“Everything InEight produces is field tested by Kiewit,” says Dill. “It is cloud based and completely separate from Kiewit in every way.”

The InEight project portfolio gives you the systems you need to run a capital intensive project from inception to decommission, says Dill.  Everything from forecasting, estimating and budgeting to vendor and subcontractor coordination, equipment management, project management and turnover on the back end. It works with mobile devices for daily work planning and time capture. And it can be configured to integrate with your existing ERP and back office programs. The newest component of the InEight project portfolio is a model data manager that enables you to integrate 3D BIM models with project schedules, procurement, cost and other data.

The expandable portfolio is geared to support the sophisticated needs of large companies, but the role-based subscription pricing is aimed at the local contractor, Dill says. “On the small-to-medium end of the market we see consumption of individual solutions. On the large end we see more consumption of the entire portfolio,” he says. Pricing depends on the number modules you choose and the number of users you license. For more information on the software go to


The future is visual

Not content to rest on its laurels, Kiewit is pushing into the realm of “information visualization.”

In particular, Dill mentions Trimble’s joint venture with Microsoft HoloLens, where Trimble SketchUp drawing models can be viewed at any scale, any angle or perspective using the HoloLens virtual reality goggles. You can design a model of a building in SketchUp and then put on the HoloLens goggles and fly over the structure for a bird’s-eye view or virtually walk inside the design to see how the building looks from the interior.

The SketchUp/HoloLens technology is not only a useful design technology, it’s a great presentation tool to show clients how their building or project will look when it’s finished. “If you thought the HoloLens presentation (at the Trimble Dimensions conference) was science fiction, or years down the road, I’m telling you, it’s here right now – and here to stay.” Dill says. “As an an early adopter of this type of technology, Kiewit is working hard to stay ahead of the curve and help not just one company stay ahead of the curve, but the entire industry,” Dill says.


Source: Tom Jackson | February 10, 2017 Equipment World

Top Five Reasons to Build a Career with Komatsu

Komatsu America Corp. is a U.S. subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd., the world’s second largest manufacturer and supplier of earth-moving equipment, including construction, mining and compact construction equipment. Komatsu America also serves forklift and forestry markets. Through its distributor network, Komatsu offers a state-of-the-art parts and service program to support its equipment. Komatsu has proudly produced high-quality reliable products for nearly a century.


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Kubota Introduces new KX033-4 Compact Excavator


Kubota Tractor Corporation recently announced the KX033-4 compact excavator, the newest member of the popular KX series. Designed for efficiency, built for stability and created for comfort, the KX033-4 delivers Kubota power and style to the 3-ton class. The KX033-4 now shares many of the standard features that Kubota’s larger class machines have been known for. A larger cab, dash-controlled presets for auxiliary circuits and a standard hydraulic diverter valve are a few examples of the new features. The new compact excavator will be available at Kubota dealerships beginning in January 2017.

“The KX033-4 is a welcomed breath of fresh air for the 3-to-4 ton compact excavator class. It delivers best in class hydraulic breakout power while setting the pace and achieving fast cycle times, resulting in more material moved per hour when tested head-to-head against other 3-ton excavators,” said Jeff Jacobsmeyer, Kubota product manager. “A top feature on this machine is the adjustable auxiliary preset controls which lets you dial the hydraulics up or down for specific attachments, conveniently from the operator station.”

The KX033-4 is powered by an impressive 24.8* gross horsepower Kubota direct injection Tier 4 Final certified engine. Adjustable auxiliary hydraulics allow the operator to program up to five different oil flow rates, controlled from a new digital control panel. An impressive breakout force of 8,138 pounds and a digging depth of 10 feet 6 inches enable the KX033-4 to handle the toughest excavating jobs with top-of-class speed and efficiency. The KX033-4 replaces the popular KX91-3 in the Kubota KX series.


The KX033-4 compact excavator introduces a new control panel with five adjustable presets for precise flow control for the attachment and task at hand. The auxiliary hydraulic circuit is capable of an impressive maximum oil flow of 15.8 GPM (60 liters) to power a greater variety of auxiliary attachments. The high-capacity hydraulic system powers a performance-matched boom, arm and bucket with a maximum bucket breakout force of 8,138 pounds and 3,867 pounds on the arm.

The standard third-line hydraulic return system allows oil to return directly back to the tank without flowing through control valves resulting in less back-pressure, less heat and greater efficiency. An accumulator clears residual pressure, allowing for easier attachment changes and helping lower front attachments even when the engine is turned off. A standard float function allows for efficient worksite cleanup and back dragging.


Kubota’s optional hydraulic angle blade’s standard float function along with its reversible and replaceable cutting edge set it apart in the marketplace. The blade delivers more blade height and faster backfill since it eliminates the need to reposition the machine at right angles when doing a final trench backfill. Operating the angle blade is easier than ever: a single lever will operate the blade’s up, down and float movements; left and right angle positioning is made by a rocker switch on top of the lever. In addition, Kubota’s angle blade has a 32 degree approach angle, for easy navigation over ramps and other jobsite obstacles.


The KX033-4 pairs its high-capacity hydraulics with the powerful non-DOC/DPF Tier 4 Final certified Kubota engine to deliver top-of-class power, efficiency and stability across the range of excavating applications. Kubota engineering delivers a superior system design, including an innovative counterbalance which results in highly-stable operation. The KX033-4’s low center of gravity and double-flanged track rollers also contribute to safe and efficient operation, whether working to the side with hydraulic attachments or in challenging lifting conditions. The engine RPM may be set to automatically idle when KX033-4 control levers are in neutral for more than four seconds, resulting in increased fuel efficiency and lower noise and emissions. A swivel negative brake and travel negative brake automatically lock the swivel function and tracks, respectively, to prevent unexpected machine movement and keep the excavator secure.


The KX033-4 operator station is designed for unmatched comfort, featuring Kubota ergonomics that simplify routine excavating operations. The deluxe, reclining, high-back suspension seat provides maximum operator comfort, including weight compensation and firm, adjustable wrist supports. A wider, updated digital display panel with push button operation allows for easy monitoring of critical controls, including changing hydraulic oil flows.

The Aux1 operation switch is conveniently located on the right joystick control lever. Dozing operations are made faster and easier with a two-speed travel switch on the dozer lever. The KX033-4 automatically shifts from high to low when needed in heavy dozing applications. As the load becomes less, the excavator will automatically shift back to the higher speed. A larger cup holder may hold a beverage, or a cell phone; a charging port is thoughtfully placed nearby. A ROPS/OPG (TOP Guard, Level I) canopy is standard. The optional cab includes air conditioning with greater air circulation, more foot space with a wider door, and a gas-assist mechanism that makes it easy to open the front window.


KUBOTA KUBOTA TRACTOR CORPORATION KX033-4 by | on January 25, 2017 |

NAPA Know-How : Supercharged engine basics, more power!

The presence of a supercharged engine is almost always an indicator that the vehicle makes serious horsepower. Superchargers are found in various applications, but sports cars, race cars and aftermarket kits are the most common places you’ll find these power-adders.

How do superchargers work? Let’s take a quick look at the basics.

Air Pump

It might seem unusual at first, but all gasoline engines are essentially air pumps. The more oxygen you can get into a motor, the more gasoline can be burned, increasing the total power that is produced. Engines with large displacement make use of bigger cylinders and larger intakes to do exactly this, but by compressing air before it enters a motor it’s possible to pack in much more oxygen than is floating around freely in the atmosphere. Consequently, you can make a small displacement motor act like a big one in terms of horsepower.

Enter the Supercharger

Eaton superchargerA supercharger is a device that compresses air and then feeds it into an engine. There are several supercharger designs on the market. Roots-type superchargers, among the most popular, spin a pair of meshing lobes inside a housing in order to compress air, while twin-screw superchargers feature lobes that look more like gears, and offer smoother, more efficient airflow as opposed to the bursts of compressed oxygen delivered by a Roots supercharger. Centrifugal superchargers use an impeller that spins rapidly in order to compress air, much like a turbo. There are also modifications of each of these types available on the market, such as the Eaton supercharger, which is a modified version of the Roots design.

How It Works

A supercharged engine differs from a turbocharged one, which also relies on compressed air to generate extra horses, in one important respect: how the supercharger itself is powered. Turbos spin their compressors through the force of the motor’s exhaust gases, but a supercharger is linked to an engine’s crankshaft via a belt, and it uses a gear system to set its lobes or impeller spinning.

The benefit of this type of design is instant-on power. With the exception of a centrifugal design (which can lag somewhat behind throttle application), Roots, Eaton and twin-screw superchargers can instantly deliver “boost,” or compressed air, whereas a turbocharger has to wait for the engine to produce enough exhaust to spin up its compressor. The downside is that running that belt robs the supercharged engine of some power, with up to 20 percent of output directed towards spinning up the blower.

Given that horsepower and torque increases of up to 50 percent over stock are common with supercharging, it’s a trade most performance fans are willing to make.

For more information on supercharged engines, chat with a knowledgeable expert at PBE Auto Parts

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Kubota’s SVL75-2 CTL with High Flow increases hydraulic flow to 29.3 gpm

Kubota’s immensely popular SVL75-2 compact track loader (CTL) now is available in a high-flow model, announced at the World of Concrete last week.

Both 1/2-inch and 3/4-inch hydraulic couplers on the SVL75-2 with High Flow.

The high-flow model enables customers who like the compact size of the SVL75-2 to stay with that size and still have the ability to use high-flow attachments such as sweepers and trenchers, says Jorge De Hoyos, senior product manager for skid steers and CTLs. The hydraulic manifold now features both ½-inch and ¾-inch auxiliary couplers. “With the adjustable high-flow hydraulics on our auxiliary couplers,” he says, “we are matching some of the versatility you get with the larger SVL95-2 model” introduced last year.

Hydraulic flows on the 2,300-pound operating capacity machine have increased from 17.4 gpm to 29.3 gpm. The majority of the SVL75-2 with High Flow specs remain the same as the conventional model, with the exception of slight modifications to the model’s cooling package, to take into account the extra heat that high-flow hydraulics generate. “We changed the rear door louvers, making them a bit thinner, and changed the angle from 52 to 45 degrees, so they open up the back a bit more, while still providing protection,” De Hoyos says. All hydraulic pumps and motors, however, remain the same from the standard model.

Louvers on the rear door have been redesigned to take care of the higher heat high-flow hydraulics generate.

And starting with this month’s production, all SVL75-2 units, whether high-flow or not, will feature the multi-function control levers introduced in Kubota’s skid steers last year. “You no longer have to buy a third handle because these levers have everything to control an attachment,” De Hoyos says. “Everything’s at thumb’s reach.”  The levers include such functions as speed, auxiliary electrical control, attachment controls and float.

The machine has a bucket breakout force of 6,204 pounds and a lift arm breakout at 4,766 pounds. The SVL75-2 is powered by a 74.3-gross-horsepower, four-cylinder Kubota diesel, which uses a diesel particulate filter to meet Tier 4 Final emissions standards. The machine has a 24.6-gallon fuel tank.

An Electronic Travel Torque Management System constantly monitors the load of the machine to control hydraulic pump output, preventing engine stalls. Standard two-speed travel and high ground clearance help the machine maneuver through difficult terrain.

The main frame and undercarriage on the unit are one piece, welded together to provide structural strength. The angle track frame cover prevents soil from accumulating during operation.

Author: Marcia Gruver Doyle | January 25, 2017