Video: A Closer Look at Kubota’s New Largest Excavator, the KX080-5

Kubota rolled out the next generation of its largest excavator earlier this year at World of Concrete.

In the video above Bill Holton, Kubota product manager for construction equipment, leads a walkaround tour of the new 8.4-metric-ton KX080-5.

The new compact excavator keeps the same specifications as its predecessor, but comes with a slew of new features designed to make it easier to operate, including a more comfortable, quieter cab; load-sensing hydraulics; and auto-idling and auto-engine stop. 

Starting with the cab, Kubota gave the fifth-generation excavator a new interior design and convenient functions. It’s also quieter, down to 72 decibels when running, the company says.

Kubota says the new KX080-5 runs attachments more smoothly, thanks to a two-pump load-sensing hydraulic system. The hydraulic settings can be adjusted from the in-cab monitor.

The operator also doesn’t have to leave the cab to open and close the third line hydraulic return. Instead, it is automatically activated when one-way flow is selected on the cab’s digital panel.

A thumb and relief valve are standard. Kubota also gave the excavator a contoured tail design with shorter rear overhang for increased stability, work in tight spaces and easier transport.

The excavator runs on a 66.6-horsepower Kubota engine with increased service intervals for the regeneration filter and ash cleaner.

Quick Specs

  • Engine: 66.6 hp Kubota
  • Operating weight: 18,520 lbs.
  • Bucket breakout force: 14,660 lbs.
  • Max dig height: 23’ 11.4”
  • Max dump height: 17’ 2.7”
  • Max dig depth: 15’ 1.1”
  • Undercarriage width: 7’ 2.6”

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