Kobelco launches new range of mini-excavators

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Updated: August 4, 2014

Japanese excavator manufacturer, Kobelco has launched a new range of mini-excavators, setting new industry benchmarks for fuel economy and noise reduction.

In August 2014, the new SK28SR-6, SK30SR-6, SK35SR-6 and SK45SRX-6 models will be available in Australia, replacing the current series-5.

Doug McQuinn, Kobelco’s General Manager of Sales and Service said that the company has been working alongside operators to develop these new state-of-the-art models.

“We listened to customer feedback to understand what impacts on their time and resources and we have worked towards building new models that will help them achieve better productivity without compromising safety.

“Our focus with these new models is to increase the digging power and the number of performance features while maintaining the highest level of efficiency and safety. These new models ensure that operators can still get the performance they need while keeping their costs down,” said Doug.

A key feature of Kobelco’s new range of mini excavators is the new Energy Conservation Mode (“S” Mode), allowing the machine to use 23% less fuel compared to its predecessors.

Doug noted that the fuel economy of the new models does not come at the expense of power. When the machine starts to dig, the Integrated-Flow pump system gives extra output from the third pump to the arm and boom circuits. This ensures fast and smooth arm and boom raising operation even under heavy loads.

“These robust machines are still the strong powerful excavators you’ve come to trust. We’ve managed to achieve the strength of a full-size machine packed into a mini-excavator that hosts excellent performance features and a full range of value-added functions.

A fair assumption would be that this level of power in a mini excavator would normally make for a dangerously loud machine but Doug said this is simply not the case with these new Kobelco models.

“One of the main forces behind any excavator is its engine which needs to be protected and allowed to operate to its potential while managing noise. In these new models we’ve included new engine-protecting features which includes Kobelco’s proprietary iNDr Cooling System. This system creates an airtight engine compartment ensuring quiet operation, protection from dust, and easy maintenance.”

The features on the new range of Kobelco mini-excavators include:

  • Factory-fitted quick hitch piping allowing faster preparation and delivery of the machine to the customer.
  • Colour monitors allowing operators to read the screen and select their configuration preferences quickly and easily. The maintenance management functions alert the operator when engine and hydraulic oil and filter replacements are due.
  • The option of canopy or cab configurations – both designs meet the latest ISO safety standards ensuring safety of the operator should the machine tip over.
  • The relocated Air Conditioner condenser improves visibility for the operator.
    All these features and many more make the new models of Kobelco mini-excavator the ideal, cost-effective and safe addition to any fleet.

For more information on Kobelco Excavators please call 1300 KOBELCO or visit www.kobelco.com.au