Utility vehicles have long been a valuable jobsite option for increasing efficiency and boosting productivity, particularly in circumstances that prove difficult for conventional trucks. While rough or soft terrain, tight spaces or expansive jobsites may be challenging or costly for a work truck, today’s utility vehicles are built to handle such sites effectively and productively.
The worksite utility vehicle has even evolved, making it more useful than ever before. It’s engineered to handle heavier workloads, while maintaining the familiar compact footprint. That, combined with its ability to handle just about any attachment you would want on a jobsite, is rapidly transforming the utility vehicle from a piece of equipment you should have into one you must have.
Because utility vehicles move people and material more efficiently – and at a lower operating cost – than a truck, they are a more sustainable solution on the jobsite. Roger Gifford, product marketing manager for utility vehicles, Kubota, sees this as a substantial shift in the marketplace, and an exciting opportunity for contractors.
“Because of the growing attachment market, utility vehicles have more uses on the jobsite and are ready to work day-in and day-out in all types of conditions,” Gifford says. “As a result, we as a manufacturer are engineering utility vehicles that are taking the place of trucks, tractors and other more expensive units, and bringing to market a wide range of true utility functionality.”
While their capacity for transporting personnel and material across jobsites at a low operating cost provides outstanding functionality for utility vehicles, their ability to accommodate a variety of attachments – and switch between them quickly – delivers exceptional versatility.
Gifford cautions that because utility vehicles are used for such a wide range of applications now, they undergo constant wear and tear, and recommends choosing a model engineered to manage that type of workload. Standard equipment should include a hydrostatic transmission, fully hydraulic steering and enclosed wet disc brakes, as an integrated drive system will work together to provide reliable performance.
“If you’re looking to do substantial work, make sure the front [power take-off system] is gear-box driven,” Gifford says. “This will deliver durability, better performance, less maintenance and quieter operation. Like all the controls, the front PTO should be easy to operate and ergonomically comfortable – intuitive, even.”
In addition to the gear-box driven PTO, a quick-attach system enables operators to switch from one attachment to another in a matter of seconds. Kubota’s four-point K-Connect system, for example, accomplishes this task in less than a minute, without the use of any tools. The system can handle a variety of popular attachments such as rotary brooms for jobsite cleanup. With K-Connect, these attachments connect in seconds and can be easily removed for seasonal storage. The control handle and PTO switch offer simple and intuitive control.
“Choosing the right machine to add to your fleet is essential to boosting your productivity and improving your bottom line,” Gifford says. “When you equip a utility vehicle with powered attachments, you put more strain on the unit itself, so it is essential the vehicle is engineered to handle the work. This combination of standard equipment will provide the durability and performance you need to manage your workload.”
Kubota’s full-size RTV-X Series includes the new RTV-X1120, the company’s most well-equipped utility vehicle at its most competitive price. Featuring enhanced power, torque and performance, the RTV-X1120 is designed for commercial customers who use the machine for heavy duty work daily.
The RTV-X1120’s 3-cylinder liquid-cooled diesel engine delivers 24.8 gross horsepower for hill-climbing power, as well as extra acceleration for a top speed of 29 mph. Operator comforts include adjustable ergonomically designed 60:40 split bench seats, shoulder restraints, a digital dashboard display, an easily accessible parking brake and large under-seat storage compartments. The RTV-X1120 also comes equipped with three-point seat belts for operator safety.
Kubota’s innovative front four-point K-Connect allows the operator to connect attachments in seconds, without the use of tools. The gear-box drive PTO provides quiet operation while improving durability and reducing maintenance, and the ergonomically located PTO switch is easily reachable for double action intuitive control. Four new attachments are available – a 66-inch snowblower, 78-inch straight blade, 78-inch V-Plow and 66-inch rotary broom.
“We are engineering utility vehicles that are taking the place of trucks, tractors and other more expensive units, and bringing to market a wide range of true utility functionality.”
— Roger Gifford, product marketing manager for utility vehicles, Kubota