Komatsu Australia has released a premium-specification version of its WB97R-5EO backhoe, the ‘Platinum’ version, incorporating a full range of what were previously options as factory standard. These include two-way attachments piping, hose-burst protection on key hydraulic elements, fully hydraulic sideshift, integrated factory air conditioning and Komatsu’s KOMTRAX remote monitoring system, along with a range of other features.

Komatsu Australia’s national sales manager, utility, Carl Grundy says the WB97R-5EO Platinum reflects the fact that the backhoe/loader market has become far more sophisticated in recent years. “The entire backhoe market – contractors, owner-operators, local government – is more sophisticated and is demanding higher-specification machines.

“The backhoe is no longer just a shovel for doing a bit of digging and loading, it’s a versatile utility machine that is expected to do a whole range of jobs. And owners and operators are demanding increased comfort, safety, versatility and productivity.”

The premium-spec features of the WB97R-5EO Platinum include:

  • Two-way attachments piping, allowing a complete range of attachments, such as hammers, augers, compaction plates, profilers and others to be fitted with no additional modifications
  • Komatsu Genuine Attachments (KGA) hydraulic quick hitch
  • Hose-burst protection valves on the backhoe, loader and stabiliser hydraulic lines, to protect workers and operators in the event of a hose failure
  • Full hydraulic sideshift
  • Integrated factory air conditioning and window tinting
  • Four-in-one bucket
  • Air suspension seat
  • Dual LED safety beacons on the cabin roof
  • KOMTRAX remote monitoring system

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