Next generation Blade Runner excavator introduced by Kobelco

The Blade Runner is a combination of both a short radius excavator and a dozer, which allows customers to have two machines in one.

Kobelco has unveiled the enhanced ED160BR-7 Blade Runner excavator model for North America.

The next-generation ED160BR-7 is an innovative machine that is unique to Kobelco. The Blade Runner is a combination of both a short radius excavator and a dozer, which allows customers to have two machines in one.

Unlike most excavators, the 105 hp, 16,783 kg Blade Runner is equipped with more than just a backfill blade.

The excavator also includes a patented six-way large capacity dozer blade with folding edges, which makes the ED160BR-7 an easy-to-transport machine that is unique to the market.

Performance improvements allow the ED160BR-7 to deliver greater efficiency and productivity, as well as increased power and speed than its predecessor.

The upgraded model boasts a digging force of 11,250 kg. A zero-tail swing radius and long digging reach capabilities provide a broad working range and easy maneuverability, while a digging depth of 5.8 metres and a swing speed of 11 rpm, which shortens cycle times by about 10 per cent.

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The upgraded model boasts a digging force of 11,250 kg. A zero-tail swing radius and long digging reach capabilities provide a broad working range and easy maneuverability, while a digging depth of 5.8 metres and a swing speed of 11 rpm, which shortens cycle times by about 10 per cent.

Equipped with a new Tier 4 Final engine that increases power output by about 10 per cent, the ED160BR-7 maintains productivity and efficiency, even while working at high power levels, lifting heavy loads or travelling on steep grades.

Kobelco’s exclusive independent travel feature allows the Blade Runner to move, lift and swing simultaneously without experiencing loss of power. As well, a strong drawbar pulling force enables the ED160BR-7 to easily tackle steep and rough terrain.

The Blade Runner is equipped with multifunction capabilities, including an attachment selection system with adjustable flow-rate presets for the bucket, breaker, nibbler and thumb.

The Kobelco attachment selection system allows the operator to easily change tools. Mode settings for other attachments, such as a tilt rotator, can be added or changed.

In the cab, the excavator comes standard with an ergonomic lever and Grammer air ride suspension seat to reduce operating force and fatigue. The ED160BR-7 also boasts 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 to enhance operator awareness and jobsite safety.

Maintenance on the ED160BR-7 is easy and cost efficient. Remote diagnostic and preventive maintenance systems utilize the latest technological 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. Operators can expect extended service intervals when it comes to engine oil, hydraulic oil, filter changes and greasing.