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05 Mar 2007

Mountaineering on an excavator

Supplier: Kubota (U.K.) Limited

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The maintenance team at the Glencoe Ski-Mountain Resort in Argyll has been using its Kubota mini excavator 3,600ft up in the Scottish mountains.

Usually found working down at ground level, the 5 tonne KX161-3 machine has proved to be ideal for a variety of jobs at the resort, from trench digging to repairing damage to roads and paths during the off-season.

It's additionally been used for moving pieces of heavy equipment around in its buckets - including delivering new electric motors for the resort's seven ski lifts and removing the old ones - and the team plan on using it for snow clearance work as well.

The standard specification machine was supplied by local Kubota dealer, Young Plant Sales, of Doune, Perthshire and is equipped with a pin-type manual Quick Hitch for the fitting of three different sized buckets and a ditch cleaner.

As with all new Kubota minis - from 1.5 to 8 tonnes - it has the company's unique 'ANTI-THEFT' security system fitted as standard equipment. This is based on an individually programmed key for each machine, incorporating an immobiliser system which replaces the former universal starter key.

With a policy of being environmentally friendly, the resort's operating company chose the rubber track version of the machine to avoid the risk of chewing up the mountainside.

Supplier: Kubota (U.K.) Limited
Thame Oxfordshire UK
Formed in 1979 and based at Thame, Oxfordshire, Kubota (UK) Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Kubota Corporation, established in 1890 in Osaka, Japan.

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