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An eight-tonne Kubota KX080-3 excavator has been modified to enable it to work effectively in sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs) in and around the Staffordshire Moorlands and Peak District.

The machine, which is owned and operated by Moorlands Specialist Excavations of Leek, Staffordshire, incorporates modifications such as low ground pressure, extra-wide tracks and fully biodegradable oil.

The KX080-3 is a high-performance, turbo-engined, short-tail-swing 8.2 tonne machine that offers comprehensive technology as standard.

It also comes complete with Kubota’s key-based anti-theft system and a full three-year warranty, and benefits from Datag Cesar – a construction equipment security scheme promoted by the Construction Equipment Association (CEA) and supported by the Construction Plant Hire Association (CPA).

Combining low running costs with high safety, durability and reliability, it is the largest machine in the Kubota range and has a balanced arm and bucket, providing the operator with strong digging force.

Adjustable maximum oil flow on the auxiliary circuit optimises the use of a range of attachments, while the reduced tail swing provides increased machine stability, meaning that it can work in some of the tightest and most restricted locations.

Structural modifications to the machine’s undercarriage were carried out by BTE Plant Sales and through JCC Engcon, a refitter in Darvel, Scotland.

The existing 450mm rubber tracks were removed and replaced by 900mm steel versions, which gave the machine a ground-bearing pressure of 3psi.

The rear blade was extended by 18in each side to measure 9ft 6in wide.

Two bottom rollers were added to the frame each side to support the track and the frame was made 5in taller to help with debris removal and aid ground clearance.

For recovery purposes and additional safety on steep ground, a 13,000kg line-pull Superwinch H30P hydraulic winch was custom mounted, as well as an Engcon tiltrotator that has a quick-hitch top and bottom, and an integral grab – all controlled via a full proportional setup.

BTE replaced the oils in the hydraulics and engine with fully biodegradable oils from the Fuchs Lubricants Planto range.

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