Kobelco intros 30t Gen 10 excavator

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Kobelco SK300LC10 excavator The new 30-tonne Kobelco SK300-LC excavator Kobelco SK300LC10 excavator

Kobelco has introduced the latest addition to its Generation 10 excavators – the 30-tonne SK300-LC, which it says hits the sweet spot between power and size.

Kobelco’s Generation 10 series has had a staggered release in Australia since the beginning of 2016 and Kobelco says customers have been waiting for a Gen 10 release in the 30-tonne class.

"Kobelco machines are engineered for maximum capacity at maximum efficiency, and the SK300-LC is no different," Kobelco sales and service general manager Doug McQuinn says.

"With the launch of this model we're addressing what the industry asked for – a tough, reliable, performance-driven 3- tonne machine. That's what we're delivering."

Powered by a 188kW water-cooled Tier 4 diesel engine, the SK300-LC delivers up to 208kN of digging force and up to 139kN of arm crowding force. Despite the improved power, Kobelco says the Generation 10 excavators are more fuel efficient as ever.

"The Generation 10 machines are serious diggers, but innovative engineering means they use up to 10 per cent less fuel compared to their predecessors," McQuinn says.

"This dramatically lowers fuel costs while still producing significant power."

A key component to the SK300-LC’s improved efficiency is primarily a result of the SK300-LC’s ‘arm interflow system’, which is a hydraulic regenerative system that uses the boom’s weight to force hydraulic fluid to the shovel arm.

This eliminates the need for fluid to be artificially forced from the pump, lowering the workload of the engine and hydraulics.

Kobelco says it also aimed to make maintenance and servicing as quick and easy as possible, with the excavators upper deck layout geared towards improved engine bay access.

"The SK300-LC features the revised upper deck layout that is across all the Kobelco Generation 10 excavators, allowing easy access to the engine compartment," McQuinn continues.

"There's a new compact and easily replaceable canister-type hydraulic oil return filter, and a new reinforced air-cleaner element."

The SK300-LC will be on display at the [LINK] Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo, site 83A, to be held in Penrith, New South Wales from Friday 21 – Sunday 23 April 2017.


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