Kubota Tractor Corporation has launched its new R540 and R640 wheel loader models. The next-generation wheel loaders are available in both canopy and cab models and feature improved visibility, enhanced operator comfort, and increased performance over the previous R30 Series models.
Both the R540 and R640 provide increased weight and improved lift performance over the previous generation. Featuring a 64-hp Tier 4 Final engine, the R640 boasts an operating weight of 11,563 lbs. and delivers a maximum breakout force of 9,869 lbs. and 8,161 lbs. of lifting capacity. With a 54-hp Tier 4 Final engine, the R540 has an operating weight of 10,285 lbs. and delivers a maximum breakout force of 8,183 lbs. and 6,767 lbs. of lifting capacity.
The new wheel loaders feature several updates that improve visibility and safety for operators. Cab models for both the R540 and R640 offer a panoramic perspective of the environment with an enlarged front window and a full-sized, all-glass right-side window that is the same size as the entrance door, providing 360-degree visibility around the machines. The new right-side window also allows greater visibility of the front-right tire for better maneuverability.
The arms of the R540 and R640 have been redesigned for better visibility when connecting attachments with the hydraulic coupler, enabling operators to connect attachments without getting out of the cab. With new delta-shaped loader arms that run parallel and become narrow at the cab and widen at the end of the loader arms, operator visibility is enhanced when the bucket is lifted at full height. The R540 and R640 also feature standard LED working lights, transitioning from halogen lights, making the equipment well-suited for low light operation.