Kubota recently added a new machine to their lineup of utility vehicles. The RTV 400 is a gas machine similar to Kubota’s 500. Terry Allen of Kubota says that the machine has the same chassis but there are significant differences in the drive train.
The machine features a 404 cc air-cool one cylinder engine with electronic fuel injection. It cranks out 16 HP at 3600 rpms. While the 500 features similar HP, Allen says the difference is in the constantly variable transmission (CVT).
"Our CVT transmission is not the same as our competition," he says. "This is a Kubota designed CVT. We are calling it a CVT+."
All transmissions of this type feature a variable belt and a centrifugal clutch. Allen says that with most CVTs when an operator lets off the accelerator and the transmission is running faster than the engine, the belt "flops." He says on Kubota’s new transmission the belt stays taught all the time which results in a longer lasting belt and also adds dynamic breaking.
"There are a lot of advantages, but the main thing is that it gives the operator a lot of control," Allen says.
The machine features an independent front suspension and semi-independent rear suspension, a two-speed gear box, and selectable 2wd or 4wd and a differential lock. While the new machine’s hauling capacity is 200 lbs. less than its big brother, the 500, the 400 features all the cargo carrying capacity, adaptability and operator convenience as the 500 according to Allen. Also, because the chassis of the 400 is the same as the 500 all of the options of the 500 are interchangeable. Allen says that this new RTV will serve a similar market as the 500 and applications will include carrying cargo around the farm, going to the mailbox or to the barn to do chores. These machines will be available for farmers in the coming months.