Kubota have introduced its inaugural telehandler, expanding its machinery offerings for farmers. Named the KTH4815-2, this compact telehandler is designed to fit within narrow spaces typical of traditional livestock and poultry facilities.

The model designation reflects the telehandler's lifting capacity, with the KTH4815-2 capable of reaching a maximum lift height of 4.8m and a maximum lift capacity of 1.5 tonnes, depending on the variant. Safety features such as hose burst check-valves and a load-moment sensor with forward over-turn protection, meeting EN15000 certification, are included as standard.

Hydraulic capabilities allow for a flow rate of up to 81 litres/min, with 51 litres available through an auxiliary circuit for powered attachments. The telehandler features a hydraulically locking headstock and a proportional joystick with adjustable flow rate and memory function.

Powering the KTH4815-2 is a Kubota D1803 three-cylinder engine, compliant with EU Stage V emissions standards, delivering a peak output of 50hp. Positioned transversely on the right-hand side, the engine layout allows for easy access to service points and the cooling system.

The driveline consists of Carraro axles connected by mechanical driveshafts, with hydrostatic transmission provided by a Bosch Rexroth hydraulic motor. This setup offers two speed ranges (0-7 and 0-25kph) and features multi-disc brakes and permanent four-wheel drive. An optional selectable front axle differential lock is available for improved traction.

The KTH4815-2 telehandler is available in four versions, featuring either canopy-equipped models or fully glazed cabs. Entry-level models come without a rear counterweight and are fitted with narrow tires to reduce costs. Fully glazed cab models include additional features such as work lights, side-view mirrors, cab heating, and a radio. Air conditioning is available as an option, and all models feature a reach and rake adjustable steering column.

In terms of manoeuvrability, the highest specification KTH4815-2 offers three-mode steering, including two-wheel and crab steering modes in addition to the standard four-wheel steering function. With four-wheel steering, an outside turning radius of 2.7m can be achieved.

Engine service intervals are set at every 500 hours, and all variants come with a two-year, 2,000-hour warranty. The starting price for Kubota’s KTH4815-2 compact telehandler is £56,000.