KOBELCO launches SK350LC excavator
KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA is pleased to introduce its SK350LC model to the North American market following the company’s relaunch as an independent brand earlier this year. KOBELCO’s SK350 is among the company’s largest crawler excavator models and is well-equipped to provide operators with unparalleled power and efficiency.
The 81,800 lb SK350 model was engineered to supply massive muscle for heavy-duty applications without losing site of the environment. Its 270 hp, Tier IV HINO engine is fuel efficient, delivering significant operational cost savings for a machine in this size class. As one of KOBELCO’s most popular models, the SK350 features an improved hydraulic system which greatly reduces energy loss, providing better all-around performance on the job. Combined with three engine modes, heavy, standard and economic, operators can switch between maximum power and low fuel consumption based on the job at hand. Each mode is easily selected through a single button in the operator’s cab which can be changed as often as necessary throughout the course of the workday.
In addition to fuel economy and power, the SK350 boasts impressive digging capabilities. With a digging force of 50,582 lbs, a dig depth of 24’10”, a 1.57 – 2.09 cubic yard bucket and a swing speed of 10.0 rpm, this crawler excavator ensures quick cycle times to keep productivity levels on point regardless of the application.
KOBELCO’s SK350 showcases the company’s proprietary intelligent control system, ensuring smooth engagement and disengagement across all machine functions. Heavy lift mode can be enabled when extra lift capacity is needed, while power boost gives operators 10% more power for additional digging capability with no time limit. The SK350 also comes standard with KOBELCO’s exclusive independent travel feature. This popular function allows the excavator to travel, dig and lift simultaneously without experiencing a loss of power, making it both versatile and safe to operate across a wide variety of applications, eliminating the need to supplement a contractors’ fleet with other types of carriers.
When it comes to operator comfort, the SK350 is an industry leader. The machine is ergonomically designed with a spacious, climate-controlled cab. Wide access doors provide ease of entry and exit, while windows on all sides offer a wide field of vision, ensuring safe operation in all areas surrounding the machine, particularly in the rear, thanks to KOBLECO’s low provide hood design. A 7-way adjustable suspension seat, AM/FM radio, large cup holder and ample storage tray for personal belongings give operators a pleasant environment on even the toughest of work days. The cab design is rounded out by easy-to-use, centralized controls, easy-to-read instrumentation and onboard self-diagnostics, including warning screens and audible alarms which alert the operator to the status of critical equipment functions.
KOBELCO’s SK350 not only provides the utmost in comfort, but it’s also built-to-last. This rugged excavator is made from forged and cast steel materials with reinforced high stress areas on the arm and boom, wide welds and a standard rock guard for added protection. Its robust undercarriage with heavy-duty track guides and rollers, as well as a thick base plate and grousers make it ideal for the most challenging jobsites in North America. Self-lubricating bushings at the attachment pins and abrasion resistant bushings near the bucket are included to further enhance durability.
To deliver the utmost in productivity, the SK350 is equipped with KOBELCO’s KOMEX machine operation management system which allows owners access to crucial machine data including location, operating hours, fuel consumption and maintenance status. Operators and fleet managers along with KOBELCO dealers and service personnel can easily view all vital equipment information to more effectively plan jobs and schedule regular service intervals. When preventive maintenance is required, the SK350 can be worked on at ground level for ease-of-access to key service points.