What is the Kubota U-48 Midi Excavator?

This 3-ton excavator is extra compact but tough enough to tackle the most demanding tasks. It has a surprisingly spacious cabin with an expansive field of vision, plus a wider and lower entrance for easy cabin entry and exit.

Combining the power for demanding jobs and the versatility to work in any condition, the Kubota U48-4 is ready to take on any challenge. This advanced 5 tonne machine is designed with excellent stability to work efficiently even where space is confined. Versatility is greatly enhanced with two auxiliary circuits as standard (L spec model only) and precise oil flow control. With upgraded digging and lifting power and smoother travel performance, this Kubota truly has it all.

This excavator has a new digital panel giving the operator full awareness of the machines functioning status including:

  • Fuel level gauge
  • Water temperature gauge
  • Warning lamps
  • LCD display with time, hour and rpm

Here at Forth Plant Hire we have seen many requests for excavators from our customers and to make things easier for you, here are our ideal scenarios for where you are likely going to need this mini excavator.

  • Digging on roadside
  • Loading
  • Demolition
  • Spreading
  • Clearing

If you are unsure about what is the best machine for your project, then give us a ring or pop into the office for a brew to discuss.

What is great about the U-48 Midi Excavator?

What Forth Plant think:



“The best roller I have ever worked with” 

Brian Redfern, Paving Team Leader


What our hirers think:

“The job was completed much quicker due to the larger tanks, no need to fill them up as often” 

Mr Laidlaw, Stirling

Typical Projects used for?

Obviously, these mini excavators are great for digging in confined spaces but they are also great for grading using the backfill blade, demolition work (like breaking concrete) with the appropriate attachment and clearing debris, including fallen trees and removing underbrush.

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Standard Features    
Anti-theft system    
Tool storage space    
Swivel negative brake    
Tie down bracket    
2-speed travel    
Fuel level indication buzzer    
Cabin heater    
2 working lights on the cabin    
Weight adjustable suspension seat (PVC seat)    
Retractable seat belt    
12V power outlet    
Digital panel with diagnosis function    
Fuel Diesel
Digging force, arm   12.3 kN
Digging force, bucket   21.0 kN
Travel speed (low range)   2.5 km/h
Travel speed (high range)   4.5 km/h
Swiveling speed   9.8 rpm
Overall length   5330mm
Overall height, cabin   2550mm
Overall height, canopy   2550mm
Rubber shoe width   400mm
Tumbler distance   1990 mm