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New KOBELCO excavator features 18 percent increased torque over previous generation

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A KOBELCO SK210LC-11 excavator

KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA Inc. (KCMU) has launched the new SK210LC-11 to its lineup of construction machinery. This next generation -11 series machine offers ideal performance, efficiency, and productivity. Equipped with a Tier 4 Final Yanmar engine, the new SK210LC-11 delivers 160 net HP and 577 lb-ft of torque at 1,500 rpm, which is an 18 percent increase in torque vs the previous model. The SK210LC-11 has 32,190 lb of bucket digging force, 52,740 lb-ft of swing torque, and 51,300 lb. of drawbar pulling force. The new -11 series offers more standard features than previous models.

KOBELCO's 'Independent Travel' function, which dedicates one hydraulic pump to travel and one to the attachment on a continuous basis, allows for smooth and steady operation while moving heavy objects across the job site. The machine's 50,000 lb. operating weight provides stability and ideal lifting capacity. And, like most KOBELCO heavy excavators, the SK210LC-11 has three work modes: Eco, S, and H mode for balancing between performance, economy, and low fuel consumption. Heavy lift and power boost functions add the power needed to get through work conditions, and the in-cab hydraulic pressure release function allows customers to change work tools or hoses easily and safely. The SK210LC-11 provides durability – many major components have been redesigned for improved durability and performance.

For those needing machine guidance options, the SK210LC-11 comes with pre-installed mounting brackets for easier system installation without the need to weld and paint. These brackets are designed to adapt to multiple brands of providers for both 2D and 3D systems.

As part of KOBELCO's performance by design concept, the SK210LC-11's cabin, ergonomics, and safety features are improved upon the previous generation. The excavator's cabin reduces operator fatigue, provides shock absorption, and operating comfort. The operator's pilot levers move horizontally without arching of the wrist, while also providing shorter lever strokes to deliver a precise movement. The right-side jog dial integrates multiple functions into a single user interface with the large 10-inch colour monitor and the menu screen facilitates the reading of important information including work mode, maintenance intervals, and fuel consumption, as well as providing a 270-degree view from the machine's standard three camera system. The hydraulic flow-rate modes of the bucket, breaker, nibbler, and rotating grapple are also fully adjustable by the operator through the monitor, and the mode settings for other attachments, such as a tilt rotator, can also be easily added or changed.

Maintenance is easy with a standard radiator clean-out screen that prevents larger material from plugging the radiators and can be easily removed for cleaning. A newly structured hydraulic oil filter prevents foreign matter from entering the oil tank during maintenance, and all filters are easy to access from ground level.

For safety, a heavy-duty Level II overhead top guard is provided as standard and can be tilted open for easy window cleaning. Rear swing flashers and rear work lights are integrated into the counterweight for added safety on busy job sites. Seven LED lights are standard to provide additional visibility in low light conditions.

The machine's operational information, such as hours, fuel consumption, and maintenance status, can be obtained remotely with KOMEXS (KOBELCO Monitoring Excavator System). For convenience and security, an engine start alarm, e-fence, and current/past location history are also included.

The new SK210LC-11 is a new model that will be brought into the North American market in 2022/2023.

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