On the Kubota stand at this year’s National Ploughing Championships, the brand will showcase its M6-001 Utility and new LK front loader range for the first time. M6-002 and M7-003 series tractors will also be on display. Replacing the MGX tractor range, the M6-001 Utility series spans the same 104hp to 143hp power band, using its in house 3.8l four-pot engine.

There are two short-wheelbase models (M6-101U and M6-111) and three long-wheelbase models (M6-121U, M6-131U and M6-141U). All M6-001 Utility tractors come equipped with a 40km/h 24Fx24R semi-powershift transmission, with the option of a creeper range increasing this number of ratios to 32Fx32R. Rear lift capacity on the short-wheelbase models is 5,000kg, while long-wheelbase models see this increase by 1,100kg to 6,100kg.

Kubota will display machines from its wide product portfolio, including its M6-001 Utility tractors.

The M6-002 series sits just below the higher specification M7-003 range, with three models ranging from 122hp to 142hp. The M6-122, M6-132 and M6-142 models all use the same 6.1l Kubota engine. The M6-002 also benefits from the 24Fx24R eight-speed powershift transmission as standard, with auto-shifting and speed matching, brake to neutral and a sensitivity gear shift dial. A 32Fx32R creeper option can be specified. Rear lift capacity is 7,000kg. The full range of MX-built Kubota LK loaders for M-series tractors including the M4, M5, M6 and M7 models will also be on display.

There are three series of loaders, badged LK U (utility-mechanical), LK M (mechanical) and LK H (hydraulic), all of which differ in specification, lift capacity and tractor suitability. Lift capacities extend from 1,180kg to 2,410kg, while maximum lift height is from 3.5m to 4.15m.

Round baler

Also on display will be the new BF3500 fixed-chamber round baler. This model replaces the previous BF3255 model and sees 18 rollers, two of which are based at the bottom of the chamber for additional support with heavy wet grass. A new 2.3m wide pickup with a five-tine bar reel offers an extra 10cm working capacity.

Tine length has also been increased by 10mm, while the gap between the stripper plates has been reduced for improved performance. Moving on to the rotor, it too has increased in diameter, underneath which is the revised drop floor system. The netting system is one of the few aspects of the baler which has been carried over from the previous generation.

The BF3500 is equipped with a 15-knife chopping unit, automatic chain lubrication and auto-greasing.