Kubota has introduced the EK1 series compact tractor to its line-up. The 24hp, four-wheel drive EK1-261 model sits at the foot of its compact tractor portfolio, representing a cost-effective choice for smallholders and the home-owner market.
Manufactured by Escorts-Kubota, the EK1 uses a three-cylinder diesel engine that meets EU Stage V emissions without the need for a diesel particulate filter (DPF). Drive is transmitted via dry plate clutch through a nine-forward three-reverse, constant mesh transmission. Compact Tractor With E-Mark
The tractor’s rear-mounted three-point linkage offers a 750kg lift capacity, while a rear PTO provides 540 and 540E speeds for powered implements such as a flail mower, pasture topper and finishing mower. One double-acting hydraulic spool valve is fitted, and operates with an open centre hydraulic system.
Despite the straightforward approach, the small details have not been over-looked, and the EK1 offers a charging socket and mobile phone holder, in addition to a weight-adjustable, mechanical suspension seat and foldable ROPS frame. The ability to temporarily fold the ROPS frame complements the tractor’s physical dimensions, helping access into low-height buildings for the 2670mm long, 1035mm wide, EK1 tractor.
The EK1-261 includes a five-year Kubota Care warranty as standard, and its retail price starts from £11,036+vat. Those seeking additional versatility can add an optional front-end loader, or choose turf tyres or industrial tyres. The EK1 series will make is UK show debut at Saltex in November.
Saul Wordsworth is deputy editor of the iVT brand - which includes digital and print editions of a quarterly magazine and Off-Highway Annual, as well as ivtinternational.com. He is a keen cyclist and lives in north London.
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