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Kubota Introduces the B01 Series of Compact Tractors, the Ultimate in Flexibility and Ease-of-Use

Kubota Tractor Corporation today announced the introduction of the B01 Series compact tractors with the B2301 and the B2601. Combining Kubota reliability and power with unmatched versatility and intuitive, easy-to-operate design, the hardworking B01 Series is ideal for first-time operators and seasoned professionals alike.

“The B01 Series pays tribute to Kubota’s long history of delivering quality and value to our compact tractor customers,” said Jacob Sherman, Kubota product manager, compact tractors. “This new Series is the essence of flexibility and ease-of-use, with many features such as the Swift-Tach front-end loaders with one-lever quick coupler, and drive-over mid-mount mower decks. This series truly offers a compact tractor that can handle real work, every day, easily and effortlessly.”

Whether mowing lawns, working light construction or landscaping, the B01 Series has an operator-friendly compact tractor for the job. The B01 Series models include the B2301 and B2601, and both are equipped front to rear with a wide range of industry-leading innovative features that provide comfort and efficiency for maximized productivity. Both models feature the Goodyear® R14T crossover tire, with a new hybrid tread design that is just as versatile as the new B01 Series tractors. The Goodyear R14T, made by Titan International, Inc., is exclusively offered on only the Kubota B01 Series compact tractor in that horsepower category.

Easy-to-Attach Features Ideal for Operators of All Levels 
The new B01 Series’ must-have features result in compact tractors that all owners can operate confidently. The easy-to-use, single lever quick coupler allows for swift and easy attachments without mess from hydraulic oil spillage. The single lever quick coupler is compatible with the LA435 Swift-Tach Loader, which operators can remove in less than 70 seconds, all without having to leave the operator platform.

The B2301 and B2601 models deliver 20.9 and 24.3 horsepower, respectively. Liquid-cooled Kubota engines that combine Kubota’s E-TVCS (three-vortex combustion system) offer power, high torque, cleaner emissions, and lower noise and vibration. The 3-Range hydrostatic transmission equips the B01 Series with smooth shifting and powerful performance for heavy-duty loader usage. Smooth and dependable HST transmission allows for increased maximum speed and easy-to-use range selection, optimizing power output to meet operator needs.

The new Kubota B01 Series does it all with ease, comfort and style.

Implements for Every Job 
From the popular, versatile Swift-Tach front loader to a variety of mowers, the B01 Series is performance-matched with a variety of implements and attachments – truly making it a tool of many trades. Additional implements include Kubota’s driver-over mower deck, landscape rake, a post hole digger, rear-mount snow blower, and BH70 backhoe, among others. Optimized for overall versatility and flexibility, the B01 Series is designed to work with a large variety of easy-to-use implements to increase operator productivity.

Kubota’s new B01 Series of compact tractors is available now at authorized Kubota dealers nationwide.

Summary Description of B01 Series
Kubota Tractor Corporation introduces the B01 Series of compact tractors, the B2301, Kubotaand B2601. The B01 Series offers owner-friendly versatility and ease-of-use, with Kubota engines delivering top-of-class power and fuel efficiency. The B01 Series’ single-lever quick coupler allows for swift and easy attachments that do not require operator dismount. The B01 Series is compatible with a variety of attachments and implements suited for any job, including drive-over mower decks, Swift-Tach front loader, rear-mounted snowblowers and a full line of industry-leading performance-matched implements.

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Doosan Bobcat North America partners with SafeAI to begin advanced autonomous research for compact equipment

 Doosan Bobcat North America has partnered with SafeAI – a startup company located in Silicon Valley – to explore how advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technologies could be incorporated into Bobcat® equipment. Through this pilot program, SafeAI plans to demonstrate how the latest AI technologies, Deep Neural Networks (DNN) and Deep Reinforcement Learning (DRL), can be used to perceive complex dynamic environments around equipment and provide automated control.

“At SafeAI we are building a safe, AI-enabled autonomous platform for the equipment industry,” said Dr. Bibhrajit Halder, CEO and co-founder of SafeAI. “We look forward to beginning our partnership with the global market leader in compact equipment.”

The partnership is part of Doosan Bobcat North America’s initiative to identify forward-looking solutions to help equipment owners and operators maximize their productivity.

“We live in an on-demand, highly connected world,” said Joel Honeyman, vice president of global innovation at Doosan Bobcat North America. “The customers who purchase our machines expect to have the latest and greatest technology at their fingertips. Through our partnership with SafeAI, we hope to work toward our ultimate goal of enabling our customers to work more efficiently on the job site.”

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About SafeAI
At SafeAI, we believe the equipment industry is on the cusp of fundamental change due to recent progress in autonomous and artificial intelligence technologies. The SafeAI platform enables transformational change in the industry by:
• Improving safety – assisting or removing people from hazardous environments
• Increasing productivity – greater equipment utilization and task optimization
• Reducing operational cost – implementing fleet management systems that orchestrate tasks and equipment
SafeAI combines cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology with the safety and production rigor needed in the equipment industry. For more information, visit safeai.ai.

About Doosan Bobcat North America
Doosan Bobcat North America is the U.S. and Canadian subsidiary of Doosan Bobcat Inc., representing the world-renowned brands of Bobcat® compact equipment, Doosan® portable power products and Geith® attachments. These companies are industry leaders in the engineering, manufacturing, and marketing of compact construction equipment, generators, air compressors, lighting systems, light compaction equipment, and attachments.

Attachment Q & A

New Bobcat V723 telescopic tool carrier offers more lift capacity, longer reach

Building on the success of prior Bobcat® telescopic tool carriers, Bobcat Company has expanded its line with the new V723 VersaHANDLER® telescopic tool carrier.

The new V723 expands the Bobcat family of VersaHANDLER telescopic tool carriers, also known as telehandlers, making it ideal for operators who need extended reach and greater lift capacity. The durable V723 is in the 7,000- to 8,000-pound size class, and it can confidently handle heavy loads. Its low profile fits on more farms and construction job sites while easy maneuverability provides operators with enhanced comfort throughout the day. Plus, the new V723 features the Power Quick-Tach attachment mounting system to increase utilization.

Increased machine protection

Add strength to handle heavy loads with new V723 boom pivot and enclosed frame welds. The machine’s boom pivot has a thick steel reinforcement for enhanced durability and long life. Protection for vital parts, such as the lift cylinder, and brackets designed to support maximum loads, reduces stress on the machine’s boom, pivot point and chassis. For additional support, heavy-duty, enclosed frame welds offer extra reinforcement throughout the frame.

For greater productivity, the V723 is designed with an enclosed engine compartment that helps keep out dust and debris, ensuring long component life. A side-by-side cooling package design improves the machine’s efficiency. The radiator, oil cooler and intake air coolers are mounted side by side, carefully located to receive the same quality and temperature of air, which provides efficient, consistent cooling ability, even in the most severe, dusty and dirty conditions.

In addition, an automatic reversing fan helps keep the radiator area cleaner, longer – extending productivity and uptime while reducing the immediate need to clean debris by hand. Just press a button to reverse the cooling fan or set it to automatically reverse at 30-, 45-, 60- or 90-minute intervals to purge the system of dust and debris.

The V723 has a variety of other uptime protection features:

  • Fine mesh intake screen to help prevent large debris from entering the engine basket and plugging the radiator.
  • Diesel fuel is contained in a durable, rust-free polypropylene tank to minimize condensation and contamination of the fuel system.
  • Battery run-down protection that automatically shuts down after the predetermined time and voltage level, preventing accidental battery discharge.
  • Machine shutdown protection system to continuously monitor engine coolant, hydraulic oil, engine oil and other vital machine functions.
  • Optional window guards to protect operators and their investment from falling and flying debris.

Non-DPF Tier 4 solution

Bobcat engines have a specially designed combustion chamber that minimizes the amount of particulate matter (PM) the engine creates. The amounts are low enough that a diesel particulate filter (DPF) isn’t needed for Tier 4 compliance, which simplifies maintenance as well as operation.

A turbo-charged, 100-horsepower Bobcat diesel engine provides superior power to help operators complete just about any job. It is side mounted for better visibility and easier maintenance access. Both sides and the bottom of the engine are protected with a thick steel frame, while rubber-engine mounts reduce shock during all-terrain use.

Selectable steering and travel modes

The versatility of the V723 is endless with three steering modes to give operators application-matched maneuverability.

  • Front-wheel steer: Enables top-speed road travel, eliminating the need to haul the machine on a trailer from job site to job site.
  • All-wheel steer: For quick and tight turns.
  • Crab steer: Precise side-to-side positioning.

Select from three travel modes that provide more precise movement in numerous applications.

  • 2-Speed travel option Offers two-speed ranges, each with its own high and low setting, for improved productivity and better maneuverability.
  • Speed management Adjusts travel speed independently from engine speed. Operators can use their accelerator pedal to set the engine speed to the optimal setting for the attachment they are operating, then dial in their desired travel speed.
  • Inching control: Reduces drive speed without reducing power to the attachment, enabling slower, more precise control without sacrificing productivity.

Enhanced operator comfort

The V723 features cab efficiencies and creature comforts ensure operators are productive all day. A boom cushioning suspension system makes it easier for operators to handle the load, providing a smoother motion as the attachment angles to its minimum or maximum pitch, or when the boom reaches full retraction. Plus, a ride control cushioning suspension system allows for more comfort on rough terrain and uneven surfaces, allowing operators to work longer with less fatigue.

The patented asymmetric cab design with a wraparound rear window and a split door provide 360-degree visibility. This innovative design allows for easier communication and ensures operators have a clear view of the job site. Plus, an easy-to-read instrumentation panel gives operators an edge in equipment operation. The backlit display panel monitors major functions, features intuitive attachment controls, operation lights, warnings and an hour meter for quick service checks.

An enclosed cab with heat and air conditioning is standard for V723 telescopic tool carriers, minimizing dirt and dust inside the operating area and keeping the operator refreshed through the workday. Automotive-style vents allow operators to point the air where they need it, providing enhanced comfort. Operators can adjust the steering column with the tilt steering feature to meet their desired height. In addition, an industry-leading joystick allows operators to control several functions, including travel direction, lift and tilt functions, boom extension, and auxiliary hydraulics from the cab. A three-way cloth adjustable suspension seat is standard to increase operator comfort, especially when operating the V723 for extended periods.

Unmatched attachment versatility

With the standard Power Quick-Tach system, V723 operators push a button to retract the pins and release to quickly secure the attachment. Operators can change non-hydraulic attachments, such as buckets and pallet forks, without even leaving the V723 cab.

The V723 is approved for use with the following attachments:

  • Bale fork (accessory for rigid pallet fork frame)
  • Bucket, general purpose: 93 inches
  • Bucket, ag grapple: 96 inches
  • Bucket, light material (2.6-yard volume): 96 inches
  • Bucket, XL light material (3.2-yard volume): 96 inches
  • Pallet fork, floating: 44- and 56-inch widths
  • Pallet fork, rigid: 44-inch width
  • Pallet fork, rigid with side shift: 44-inch width

Quick Look: V723 VersaHANDLER® telescopic tool carrier

 Horsepower: 100-hp, non-DPF Bobcat diesel engine operating weight: 17,155 lb.

Operating weight: 17,155 lb.

Maximum rated lift capacity: 7,700 lb.*

Maximum lift height: 22 ft. 10 in.*

Maximum reach: 13 ft. 5 in.*

Auxiliary hydraulic flow: 26.4 gpm

Travel speed, low (Gear 1): 3.1 mph

Travel speed, high (Gear 2): 18.7 mph

Three steering modes: Front, all-wheel, and crab

*When equipped with pallet frame and forks, load center.