July 2021 Vol. 76 No. 7

New Products

New Products

Hobas Introduces Corrosion-Resistant, Leak-Free Manhole System 

For more than 30 years, Hobas has manufactured pipe and fittings, including tee bases and risers. Finally, Hobas offers what was missing, topping it off with a fiberglass-reinforced, watertight, structural manhole system. 

The complete system includes a fiberglass cone made from the same materials as the corrosion-resistant, leak-free Hobas pipe that customers trust. Since it is made with the same materials, a long maintenance-free life can be expected, just like the 100-year design of the Hobas pipe. 

The manholes are manufactured to exceed AASHTO H-20/HS-20 loading design standards and are more stringent than the current minimum requirements of the ASTM manhole standards. 

The hydraulic efficiency means that the flow will remain uninterrupted through the tee-base structures, minimizing odor emissions, as well as the release of hydrogen sulfide gases. Much lighter-weight than transitional systems, the Hobas manholes system offers ease of installation, and the couplings produce leak-free service. 


Hobas Pipe USA, (800) 856-7473, hobaspipe.com 


Kubota’s U48-5 Excavator Offers More ‘Brains & Brawn’ at More Affordable Price 

Kubota Tractor Corporation’s newest compact excavator, U48-5, builds upon the company’s U Series. The powerful 5-metric ton, tight tail swing model is packed with advanced features that deliver superior performance, enhanced comfort, and options for ultimate customization to meet every operator need and tackle every job. 

U48-5 boasts its muscle strength with 11,057 pounds of operating weight, 40.4 gross horsepower, a working range that includes maximum digging depth of 10 feet 8 inches, and an impressive bucket breakout force of 9,304 pounds. 

A larger, redesigned cab with improved operator visibility is central to the U48-5, which comes in a canopy or cab model. 

The cab was also engineered to reduce noise – registering at 74 decibels and lower than competitor cabs. A thicker floor plate reduces noise and rear engine noise is further reduced by a metal partition between the engine and the cab. 

In the cabin space, smart, instinctive functionality is right at the operator’s fingertips, including a full-digital, full-color, 7-inch LCD screen with intuitive and easy-to-use jog dial for single glance access to various functions, such as AUX flow adjustment and important maintenance functions.  


Kubota Tractor Corporation, (888) 458-2682, kubotausa.com 


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