Kobelco expands range of Japanese-built Generation 10 excavators
Kobelco’s new 35tonne SK350NLC-10 medium excavator is arriving in Europe this spring.
The machine, with a bucket capacity of between 1.2m3 and 1.6m3, is the latest addition to the Japanese manufacturer’s Generation 10 line-up.
The 350 has increased power and greater fuel economy compared with Generation 9 models, said
KCME product marketing manager Peter Stuijt. Eco Mode function can reduce fuel efficiency by up to 25%
Other Gen 10 models are the SK210LC-10/SK210NLC-10 and the SK260LC-10/SK260NLC-10.
The Generation 10 models have improved shovel load coupled with dynamic digging force helps contribute to a 7% greater digging volume when compared to previous models in class.
All Generation 10 machines are powered by powerful Hino engines, which incorporate DOC (Diesel
Oxidation Catalyst) and the combination of DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) and SCR - Selective
Catalyst Reduction. These systems reduce the amount of DEF/AdBlue fluid used in the post-exhaust gas system. Harmful NOx gases have also been reduced by around 88%.
Generation 10 models have revised structural sections, reinforcement points and pin bosses and the attachment point has been reinforced to handle a higher work volume with greater power. Kobelco’s Arm Interflow System (AIS) is a new hydraulic regenerative system that enables the boom to redistribute hydraulic fluid to the shovel arm during operation. This reduces the need of an external pump and results in less engine and hydraulic workload, thereby contributing to even better cost efficiency.
Layout of the upper deck has been “decluttered” and its height has been lowered to provide an increase in overall maintenance space and to enable easier engine access.
Other features include - on key models - a new compact and easily replaceable canister-type hydraulic oil return filter and a new specification air cleaner inner element, while the fuel tank has been relocated to the left side. In terms of safety, the operator can now access machine diagnostics via the multi-display cabin monitor assist, and the washer tank has been re-located inside the cabin, ensuring work continuity.
Generation 10 FOPS II and ROPS-compliant safety cabins include control levers with a lighter-feel, a new ‘lock’ lever, control lever box and revised rear storage tray. Additional air conditioning vents are optimised for improved operator comfort and provide greater comfort in hot climates. The new radio is also USB, AUX and Bluetooth-enabled, increasing operator comfort over long hours of work.