Kubota unveils beefed-up M6002 tractor range

Kubota has beefed-up its 120-140hp tractor line-up with a three-model M6002 range that offers more lifting power and a smarter cab.

The M6122, the M6132 and the M6142 deliver outputs of 121hp, 131hp and 141hp.

They are propelled by the Japanese firm’s own four-cylinder, 6.1-litre engine, which is now tuned to serve up an extra 20hp boost on high-speed transport work.

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As before, this engine meets stage 5 emissions limits using a particulate filter, but the cleaning interval has been extended from 3,000 hours to 6,000 hours.

These models apparently inherit little from the old 104-143hp M-GX series.

Modifications

However, on paper there are a few similarities.

It still runs an eight-speed, 40kph powershift transmission, though Kubota says it has been heavily modified to improve efficiency.

It now comes fitted with the firm’s so-called Xpress function.

This brake-to-neutral facility has been a fixture on machines from competitor manufacturers for many years – Kubota is somewhat late to the party – and allows operators to stop and start tractor movements on the brake, without declutching.

The cab has been redesigned, too, with a fresh armrest carrying controls for gearbox functions, engine memory and rear linkage. Mechanical suspension is standard, as are 10 LED worklights.

Beefed-up axles have helped increase payload over the old M-GX models, with rear lift rated at 7t and a 115 litres/min hydraulic flow – up from 6.1t and 82 litres/min.

Bi-speed steering system

The tractors also come with Kubota’s trademark Bi-speed steering system, which cranks up the drive speed to the front wheels at a set steering angle.

This delivers a turning circle of 9m.

Options include a 7in Isobus-ready monitor and autosteer.

The tractors will be built in Japan and should be available in the second half of the year.

The company is remaining light-lipped on price, but expect the biggest model to come in just over £70,000.