TWO NEW ranges of compact tractors have been launched by Kubota.

Building on the success achieved with its previous L1 and L2 series, these newcomers are equipped with Kubota’s Stage V engines, with a freshen up of the exterior and interior design.

The new L1 series has a choice of a three-range HST hydrostatic transmission, or a synchronised manual gearbox with eight forward and eight reverse gears. They are powered by Kubota four-cylinder engines tweaked to 45hp, 51hp and 55hp.

A key design feature is their spacious, comfortable platform design of their platform, and the latest L1s are no exception, with a folding rear ROPS frame and a height-adjustable steering wheel. They also have a generous rear lifting capacity, with a max lift of 1750kg.

The L2 series also have a choice of three different engine outputs, ranging from 45-61hp, and have a spacious and well-equipped cabin (or a ROPS version). Transmission choice is either a 16 x 16 mechanical, or three-range hydrostatic unit. Rear linkage lift capacity is also 1750kg.

Another key aspect of this latest L2 range is its user-focused design and an example of that is the one-piece engine cowling that can be fully opened, giving operators easy access to service points and daily checks, in the engine compartment.

In addition, the front axle has bevel gear drive and an integrated power steering deliver effortlessly agile manoeuvrability, suitable for use in tight spaces.

Both ranges can be specified with Kubota front-end loaders, with prices for the L1 models starting at £15,549 for the L1452, while L2 models are priced from £22,126 for the L2452 ROPS version.