The M6002 Series
Kubota (UK) Ltd has introduced its all-new, three-model M6002 tractor series to the market, with a choice of power outputs from 120-140hp, and a 20hp transport boost available across the range.
Sitting below the sophisticated M7003 models, and above the more utilitarian MG-X range, this important contender in the 120-140hp category meets customer demand for a sophisticated, yet powerful and lightweight tractor.
The three-model range includes M6-122, M6-132 and M6-142 variants. Power outputs from the proven, four-cylinder 6.1-litre engine follow model numbers, at 122hp, 132hp and 142hp
respectively. It’s an engine that delivers as confidently with heavy draft work as it does with loader work around traditional farm buildings.
In the transmission department, the M6002 gets an eight-speed powershift transmission, with three robotised ranges to provide a 24x24 push-button gearbox. The option of a creeper
transmission increases the choice of ratios to 32x32. Transmission sophistication includes auto-shifting and speed matching, and a sensitivity dial – the latter allows operators to adjust
the responsiveness of gear changes to suit load on the tractor. As a 40kph Eco transmission, maximum road speed is achieved at just 1640rpm.
The powershift transmission also gets Kubota’s brake-to-stop function called Xpress Restart.
Activated by a switch, Xpress Restart avoids the need to depress the clutch pedal to stop the tractor. This feature suits repetitive start-stop tasks such as round baling, and loader work. EU Stage V emissions compliance is achieved using a combination of advanced diesel particulate filter (DPF) with diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR). Like the more powerful M7003 models, the DPF cleaning interval for M6002 tractors has been doubled from 3,000 to 6,000 hours, contributing to lower operating costs. Engine oil change intervals are every 500 hours. The M6002 series benefits from the same four-post cab structure as found on the more powerful M7002, mimmicking the sophisticated interior of the larger tractor. With its spacious new cab, the M6002 operator is greeted by a multifunction armrest with built-in shuttle, engine speed memory, linkage control and transmission functionality. An optional 7in K-Monitor can be specified for those seeking grater functionality with tractor set-up and control.
Comfort is provided by a Grammer seat, plus cab suspension and front axle suspension, and a wide sunroof offers generous visibility for those looking to equip the M6002 with a loader. There are five variants of a factory-fitted Kubota loader, provided by MX, offering a 4m lift height to the pin, and a maximum lift capacity of 2400kg.
A closed centre, load sensing hydraulic system with 115 litres/min of oil flow delivers power beyond capability. In addition, it’s four spool valves benefit from in-cab flow control.
Benefitting from an all-new rear axle, the M6002 boasts a Cat III rear linkage with a seven tonne lift capacity, while pto speed choices include 540, 540E, 1000 and 1000E. An optional 3.25 tonne front linkage and PTO is available for M6002 models. Weighing just six tonnes, the new M6002 also features Kubota’s portal front axle with bevel gear drive, and the addition of Bi-speed technology. When the front axle reaches a steering angle greater than 35-degrees, front wheel speed automatically increases in relation to the rear wheels.
This affords greater traction, a reduction in wheel slip and smoother turning. The result is a 4.5m turning radius, with a 55-degree maximum steering angle. An enhanced lighting package is also available on M6002 tractors, offering up to 16 LED lights.