DRIVING IMPRESSION: Kubota KTH4815-2 compact telehandler: Small in size, big on features. Kubota is no stranger to the compact telescopic handler market, the company having gained a strong foothold for its 50hp 1.5t capacity KTH4815 in France and Germany. Now the latest Stage V KTH4815-2 is to be made available in the UK and Ireland so we recently got behind the wheel.

Although this is our first look at the hydrostatic drive KTH4815-2 telehandler in Kubota colours, we have already had a chance to drive its sibling, the Giant GT5048 (profi 12/2020). No secrets here. The KTH4815-2 is essentially a Giant GT5048 in Kubota colours, both machines being manufactured by Tobroco Giant in the Netherlands. KTH4815-2 power is courtesy of a Stage V complaint 1.8litre 36kW/50hp Kubota D1803 three-cylinder engine, the -2 element of the 4815-2 model differentiating it from the Stage 4 model it replaced. The remaining 4815 numbering indicates nominal engine power and a lift capacity of up 1.5t. The latter is dependent upon the counterweight fitted, more on which later. As an aside, Giant GT5048 numbering shows engine power first and lift height, 4.8m, second. As to other basics, the KTH and GT are both 1.6m wide and just under 2.0m high, exact dimensions relating to tyres fitted. In terms of hydraulic performance, KTH handler capacity is to up to 81l/min, with 51 litres available for powered attachments. UK and Irish models will be fitted as standard with a hydraulically locking Eurohitch attachment carriage, Kubota suggesting this will suit customers switching between tractor loader attachments. A proportional joystick, with adjustable flow rate and memory function, looks after the controls with hose burst check-valves.

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