- LAMMA 2023 will see Kubota (UK) Ltd roll out more options for the 104-143hp M6001 Utility tractor series as it focusses on improving comfort, versatility and efficiency. These options now include the introduction of front axle suspension, front linkage, and front pto
“The M6001 Utility series is proving to be a cost-effective and practical option in the 100-140hp sector,” explains Henry Myatt, Kubota’s product manager for M series tractors. “And to build on that success, we’ve increased the options available for those who would like that bit more versatility from their Kubota tractors.”
It may be recalled that the M6001 Utility was first introduced at the 2022 LAMMA show. The series offers five models from 104-143hp, and meets EU Stage V emissions with an improved exhaust after-treatment package that contributes to lowering the cost of ownership.
Short wheelbase models comprise the M6-101U and M6-111U, which use a 3.8-litre Kubota V3800 four-cylinder engine producing maximum power of 104hp and 111hp respectively. With a 2.54m wheelbase, these two models offer maximum torque figures of 346Nm and 379Nm.
M6-121U, M6-131U and M6-141U sit on a longer 2.68m wheelbase, and use Kubota’s 6.1-litre V6108 four-cylinder engine as found in the M6002 and M7003 tractor series. Power outputs are 123hp, 133hp and 143hp, with maximum torque figures of 503Nm, 544Nm and 586Nm respectively.
At launch, only the range-topping M6-141 Utility model was equipped with front axle suspension. The suspended front axle can now be factory-fitted to the other four lesser powered models as an extra cost option, improving ride quality and operator comfort.
Further versatility for all M6001 Utility tractors is the addition of a front linkage and front pto package. The linkage comprises a Cat IIIN format with a 2.8t lift capacity. The use of fold-up lower link arms simplifies integration with a loader. In addition, buyers can also add a double-acting spool outlet with the front linkage, while the front pto pack comprises a 1,000rpm speed.
Front mudguards are now available for the short wheelbase M6-101U and M6-111U models.
“We’ve been delighted with the uptake of the M6001 Utility series,” adds Henry Myatt. “The improvements brought to this series over its MG-X predecessor are delivering greater operational flexibility and lower cost of ownership for end-users.”
Engine technology on the M6001 Utility series brought improvements to DOC and DPF performance. A DPF regeneration is achieved at around 1,200rpm, and with a much lower working temperature of just 50 degrees C. This makes regeneration easier to achieve with light engine loads, leading to lower noise levels and reduced fuel burn.
DPF cleaning intervals are 8,000 hours for the 6.1 litre engine, and up to 6,000 hours for the smaller 3.8 litre engine, again contributing to reduced operating costs. The engine oil change requirement is every 500 hours on all M6001 Utility models.
Across the series, a 40kph semi-powershift transmission is used, which provides eight powershifts in three mechanical ranges to create a 24×24 gearbox. The option of a creeper range increases the choice of ratios to 32×32. Transmission functionality includes auto-shifting in each range, and a sensitivity dial – the latter allows operators to adjust the responsiveness of gear changes to suit load on the tractor.
Operator comfort is provided by an air suspension seat in the same cab frame shared with M6002 and M7003 models, while front axle suspension is available as an option. A wide sunroof offers generous visibility for those looking to equip M6001 Utility models with a loader, of which there are two variants – 3.7m or 4m lift height to the pin, and maximum lift capacities of 1.95t or 2.2t respectively.
A fixed displacement open centre hydraulic system provides 71 and 77 litres/min of oil flow respectively for short- and long-wheelbase models, while two mechanically operated spool valves are fitted as standard. One additional rear spool is optional.
Cat III rear linkage includes electronic linkage control with a 5t lift capacity on short wheelbase models and 6.1t for long wheelbase tractors. PTO equipment includes 540/1000 speeds as standard, with a 540 Eco option available. M6001 Utility models also benefit from Kubota’s portal front axle with bevel gear drive, offering generous ground clearance and a 55-degree steering angle.
The extended options can be seen on M6001 Utility models being shown at LAMMA 2023, at the NEC in January, on Kubota’s stand in hall 12.