Komatsu is now offering a larger hybrid excavator
Komatsu is now offering a larger hybrid excavator in the shape of its 36tonne class HB365LC. The new machine uses the same proven hybrid technology concept used in its 21tonne class hybrid excavator, although its larger accumulator package has been relocated to a position just to the left of the front end mounting.
As with the smaller HB215 hybrid excavator from Komatsu, the new HB365LC offers considerable fuel savings over standard machines. Fuel savings of around 30% are estimated for applications where the hybrid system works at its best, such as truck loading. Given the larger engine size, this will deliver substantial reductions in running costs, paying back the additional cost of the hybrid technology over the course of a few years. Meanwhile power comes from the latest low emission Komatsu engine, rated at 202kW, and the diesel meets the latest Stage IV/Tier 4 Final requirements.
An innovative feature available on the HB365LC excavator as an option is its sophisticated KomVision safety system, with this also offered on other new excavators in the Komatsu range such as the giant PC7000 and the versatile PC228. This package uses four cameras mounted around the machine to give a full 360° view, which is displayed onscreen in the cab. This includes a safety perimeter area, showing the operator if site personnel or other equipment are in the immediate working area and in danger of being hit during normal operation.