For April 2019, Kubota will release the SVL65-2. The compact track loader is positioned in a lighter weight class than its predecessors and features an advanced hydraulic multi-function valve (AMV), the line’s signature slide-up overhead front door, and on/off self-leveling capability.

Its “small-but-mighty” size allows the SVL65-2 to maneuver more easily in tight areas; its lower weight results in less soil compaction without sacrificing power and efficiency, making it an ideal choice for landscapers, rental yards, and small contractors, says Kubota.

The AMV provides smooth operation when using simultaneous functions, such as auxiliary, boom and bucket circuits, allowing operators to be more productive. With the AMV, the SVL65-2 makes running any attachment that utilizes auxiliary hydraulics even easier, especially attachments such as grapple buckets, 4-in-1 buckets, and hydraulic augers.

It's powered by a 68-horsepower engine, and it has a rated operating capacity of 2,100 pounds at 35% or 3,000 pounds at 50%, a reach of 35 inches, and a hinge pin height of 118 ½ inches. Its standard self-leveling feature is engaged with the flip of a switch and keeps the bucket or forks level without the need to manually adjust the angle on the way up. Multi-function levers provide fingertip control of all major vehicle and attachment operations.

While the overall footprint is smaller, the cab is an equivalent size to larger Kubota loaders. A wide, sliding front door allows for easy and safe egress. It can be opened regardless of bucket or loader arm position. Full machine operation is possible with the door open.