A new generation of Kobelco excavators for a new generation
Kobelco has delivered its first new Generation 10 SK210LC-10 in Australia to Melbourne-based civil contractor Daniel Begbie, who continues a tradition of using Kobelcos in the family business.
Begbie’s father Robert started his earthmoving business 30 years ago using Kobelco excavators, and young Daniel grew up around these machines. When he decided to branch out on his own three years ago, the younger Begbie chose a Kobelco SK210LC-8 for his new business.
"Three years ago, I wanted more responsibility so I bought a machine of my own and started Begbie Contracting. Begbie says. The natural decision was to start with a Kobelco and the SK210LC-8 fitted my needs perfectly".
Begbie says it was fuel-efficiency and its effect on profits that drove him to stick with Kobelco when it came time to upgrade.
"I learnt everything I know from my Dad and one of the biggest lessons was seeing the effect fuel efficiency has on the bottom line," Begbie says. "So far, the SK210LC-10 has not disappointed me. It’s averaging around 11 litres per hour of fuel, some of that has been idling, but I’m still really impressed."
The 22-tonne excavator is powered by a water-cooled 4-cylinder 124kW Hino engine configured to meet US Tier IV Final emissions requirements. Fuel efficiency is further enhanced by the machine’s boom-to-arm power regeneration system which conserves and then redirects the boom arm’s swing energy back into the arm itself, meaning less power is needed to move fluid through the system.
Begbie says the Generation 10’s re-worked cab gives increased visibility to the operator, meaning a safer worksite.
"We do a lot of council work in public places, carparks and other community areas so the extra visibility of the new machine gives me that extra confidence we’re working safely," Begbie says.
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