TORRANCE, Calif. — Kubota Tractor Corp. has announced the addition of a new mid-sized utility tractor to its popular M-Series line.

The new M5660SU special utility tractor is available in two- and four-wheel-drive models and offers enhanced features like the easy-to-use hydraulic shuttle that simplifies front loader work, a new transmission with eight forward and reverse speeds. The M5660SU can handle front-loader work and mowing jobs usually reserved for bigger tractors. 

“We asked customers what they needed in a mid-sized utility tractor and they told us: affordability, power and ease of operation, among other features that are typically found on more premium machines,” said Tyler Pittson, product manager, ag tractors for Kubota.

“As a direct response to customer feedback, we are excited to introduce the M5660SU as part of our 2015 lineup. Not only are we proud to introduce a tractor that is built from the input of our customers, but one that is backed by Kubota’s unparalleled level of engineering.”

The M5660SU is available in two models: the two-wheel-drive M5660SUH and the four-wheel-drive M5660SUHD. Both models are equipped with a 56 net horsepower direct fuel injection engine. The M5660SU includes a common rail system (CRS) and diesel particulate filter (DPF) as standard equipment that work together to ensure clean operation and total compliance with the EPA Tier 4 final emission regulations.

The M5660SU has a new transmission and hydraulic shuttle. The transmission on the M5660SU provides eight forward and eight reverse speeds to let operators choose the right speed for the job. New to this class of tractor is a hydraulic shuttle that provides smooth-shifting between forward and reverse by use of a single lever, eliminating the need to engage the clutch to change directions. The left-hand hydraulic shuttle lever boosts productivity in any job that requires repetitive forward and reverse movements, such as front loader work.

In addition to power features, consumers told Kubota that they wanted to increase productivity through fuel economy and minimizing downtime. Kubota’s M5660SU is available with an optional economy PTO that reduces operating noise and fuel consumption. The M5660SU is also equipped with a constant RPM management system that maintains a constant RPM rate regardless of terrain as well as a constant travel speed and PTO RPM rate when using PTO-driven implement, improving work accuracy and fuel economy. In addition, the M5660SU offers a large 17.7 gallon capacity fuel tank, reducing downtime between refueling.

Operators can enjoy the comfort of ergonomically designed controls and a high-back bucket seat with lumbar support, for more efficient and comfortable work days. A telescopic lower link, rear remote valve, and high-lift loader – all standard equipment – let operators do more in less time and with less effort.

The front loader on the M5660SU is Kubota-engineered and performance-matched to truly bring this utility tractor into a league of its own. Ideal for farm work, the new front loader is fully integrated with a curved boom design that provides high visibility and clear sight lines to the sides of the bucket and loader. Operators can attach and detach the front loader quickly without the use of tools; they can simply adjust the mounting pins to attach or release. Like other tractors in the M-Series, Kubota included a two-lever quick coupler as standard equipment, making attaching buckets, bale spears and pallet forks quick and easy. In addition, the M5660SU now features a more powerful boom that provides an impressive lifting power with a 130.9-inch lift height and 2,326-pound lift capacity from bucket center, getting more work done with less effort.