Rolling Meadows, IL, March 27, 2007- Komatsu America Corp. announces the WB142-5 Backhoe Loader. The machine has an operating weight of 14,513 lbs and with a large loader bucket of 1.00 yd3 with bolt-on cutting edge, has the power, speed and operator comfort to be extremely productive in a highly competitive world.
“The WB142-5 is the fifth model in an outstanding line of backhoe loaders from Komatsu,” said Jeff Aubrey, Product Manager Backhoe Loaders. “It’s aimed at the cost-conscious buyer who wants a machine with lots of performance in a simple package. Owners looking for a solid backhoe loader that’s economical, yet powerful enough to tackle a variety of tasks can turn to Komatsu’s new WB142-5 that delivers on both counts. It’s priced lower than our high-spec deluxe models; it’s what we call an ‘entry-level’ backhoe loader, but it has many of the same design features of its big brother, the WB146-5.”
Production in both loader and backhoe applications is driven by a Komatsu 76-net-horsepower diesel engine that’s housed in a heavy-duty, cast nose guard, which provides integral counterweight and front protection to the engine. Standard four-wheel drive lets operators work on days when other machines are parked.
Unlike many units in its class, the WB142-5 features a high-output (37 gpm), tandem-gear-pump hydraulic system designed for maximum speed, power and control. It even has two settings for the loader and the backhoe, so the operator can choose between maximum performance and maximum fuel economy.
Roomy work station
Komatsu kept the operator in mind with the new WB142-5, which features a state-of-the art interior that’s rugged, yet elegant. A suspension seat provides a comfortable fit for any size operator. The ROPS/FOPS canopy has a true dual-entry platform. Controls, switches and gauges are clustered to simplify operation and visibility.
A corner-mounted exhaust allows the operator a full 360-degree unobstructed view, including a clear look at the loader bucket, even at maximum height. Komatsu’s new S-boom design is narrow, providing better visibility in both the trench and in loading trucks.
The operator may choose from either Power or Economy Mode when using the 14-foot-class backhoe. A one-cubic-yard loader bucket with a bolt-on cutting edge is standard, as are reversible stabilizer pads.
A pleasure to own
Daily service checks are simple. Just raise the one-piece, tilting hood, and all daily checks are grouped on the left side of the engine. Grease points are conveniently located and fuel filling is at ground level. There’s also a standard lockable tool box. And like all Komatsu machines, the WB142-5 uses O-ring face-seal hydraulic fittings for leak-free operation.
Komatsu America Corp. is a U.S. subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd. which is the world’s second largest manufacturer and supplier of construction, mining and compact construction equipment. Through its distributor network, Komatsu offers a state-of-the-art parts and service program to support the equipment. Komatsu has proudly been providing high-quality reliable products for nearly a century. Visit the website at www.komatsuamerica.com for more information.
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