An all-terrain utility vehicle featuring a unique transmission system, advanced automotive-type suspension and the highest ground clearance in its class is now available from authorised Kubota dealers throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Known as the RTV900, the four-wheel drive vehicle is the first machine of its type to be designed and built by Kubota, the world’s leading manufacturer of compact tractors, mini tracked excavators and diesel engines. If required, four-wheel drive can be de-selected for reduced tyre wear and fuel consumption when driving on hard or firm surfaces.
Powered by a Kubota 22hp E-TVCS three cylinder water-cooled diesel engine easily accessed for servicing, the RTV900 is equipped with a unique three-range variable hydrostatic transmission known as VHT. The system is actuated by a single foot pedal that gives infinitely variable forward and reverse travel up to a maximum speed of 25mph. In action, VHT delivers rapid acceleration, excellent traction across all surfaces and impressive hill climbing ability thanks to the use by Kubota of an additional hydrostatic assist motor that “kicks in” when climbing a slope, delivering instantly more torque to the drive wheels. The VHT system also provides dynamic braking for safe, controlled hill starts and descents without having to use the vehicle’s brakes.
Complementing the RTV900’s exceptional hill-climbing and tractive abilities is an automotive style suspension system with independent MacPherson strut-type suspension on the two front wheels and a semi-independent suspension at the rear combining a DeDion axle, leaf springs and shock absorbers. The result is a smooth, shock-free ride with class-leading load-carrying ability and minimal body tilt across challenging terrain.
To enhance the suspension’s go-anywhere capabilities, Kubota has given the RTV900 full hydrostatic power steering, a ground clearance of 210mm (8.3in) on all-terrain tyres (185mm/7.3in on turf tyres) and fully-enclosed oil-immersed inboard disc brakes at the front and rear. The use of inboard sealed brakes eliminates the risk of dirt contamination and premature wear and tear, ensuring consistent and positive stopping time after time.
Recognising that the RTV900 will be used for both people-carrying and load movement, Kubota offers the vehicle either with a bench seat or individual seating, both types suitable for two large adults held safely in place by side grab rails and seat belts. The optional hydraulically-tipped rear cargo box has a load capacity of 500kg (1,100lbs) within generous internal dimensions of 1.32m wide x 1.18m long x 0.29m deep (52in x 47in x 11.4in).
In common with Kubota’s compact tractors, all controls and instruments on the RTV900 are positioned ergonomically for ease and speed of operation. Positioned to the driver’s right hand are the hydrostatic range change lever, 2WD/4WD selection lever and switches for the indicators, lights and hazard warning flashers. Differential lock engagement and bed hydraulic tip, when fitted, are to the driver’s left hand. There are warning lights for oil level and battery charge status and a speedometer is optional.
Available in various versions to suit customers‘ specific requirements, the RTV900 comes in Kubota orange for turf and amenity duties or “realtree” camouflage suitable for a range of estate, woodland and leisure activities. The wide range of accessories includes various cab options, additional worklights, warning beacon and front and rear towbars. Price of the RTV900 starts at £8,750 plus VAT.
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