Kobelco USA debuts its first Generation 11 excavator

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Kobelco Construction Machinery USA has introduced the first machine in its lineup of next generation excavators.

The SK130LC-11 was recently launched in North America. The excavator is the first machine in the company’s Generation 11, which promises new heights of power, productivity and efficiency.

Kobelco’s independent travel

The SK130LC-11 maximizes job productivity with its quick movement and digging power, according to Kobelco.

The new excavator delivers a digging force of 11,257, while minimizing fuel consumption. The SK130LC-11 is also equipped with independent travel, a Kobelco exclusive feature that allows the machine to move, lift and swing simultaneously without experiencing loss of power.

Furthermore, automatic swing priority instantly delivers full swing power during combined operations without switching modes.

A 96 hp Tier 4 Final engine enables the SK130LC-11 to maintain productivity while working at high power levels, lifting heavy loads and travelling on steep grades. The engine incorporates a Selective Catalytic Reduction system with Diesel Particulate Filters, decreasing NOx emissions and providing low operation costs.

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A double-element air cleaner keeps the engines running clean, even in industrial environments, while a pre-filter with a built-in water-separator maximizes filtering performance to ensure stable operation.

Kobelco’s SK130LC-11 is also equipped with enhanced multifunction capabilities, including an attachment selection system with adjustable flow-rate presets for the bucket, breaker, nibbler and thumb. This attachment selection system allows the operator to quickly change tools. Mode settings for other attachments, such as a tilt rotator, can be easily added or changed.

In the cab, the Kobelco machine comes standard with an ergonomic lever and Grammer air ride suspension seat to reduce operating force and fatigue.

The SK130LC-11 also includes various cab features, including an optimized control layout with a new jog dial and 25 cm colour monitor. An unfastened seatbelt indicator, and built-in rear, left and right-side cameras with a customizable split-screen display function enhance operator awareness and jobsite safety.

For maintenance, remote diagnostic and preventive maintenance systems utilize the latest IT innovations to improve operating product lifecycle costs. Easy access to maintenance data from the operation management system greatly improves ease of maintenance scheduling and ensures a long service life.

As well, operators can expect extended service intervals when it comes to engine oil, hydraulic oil, filter changes and greasing.