Kobelco Construction Machinery USA has unveiled its Tier IV Final SK350LC-9E model to the North American market.
The Kobelco SK350 is a mid-range model in the conventional excavator range. The 37,100 kg (82,200 lb) model is powered by a 270 hp, Tier IV Final HINO engine - an engine in full compliance with USA and European emission standards, allows the machine to tackle a wide-range of heavy-duty applications with ease, while remaining highly fuel efficient.
This model incorporates both Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and self-cleaning Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) systems to provide the lowest possible operation costs. This dual system minimizes Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) consumption when compared to SCR only systems.
Kobelco’s Tier IV Final solution delivers as much as a 10% reduction in fuel consumption as compared to a Tier III machine, a tremendous benefit with rising fuel prices and a greater awareness of emissions.
The company is confident that the SK350 will deliver superior efficiency as a result of ensuring that the hydraulics, engine and transmissions lwork in harmony to deliver maximum productivity without compromising performance and fuel efficiency.
In addition to power and fuel economy, the SK350 boasts impressive digging capabilities. With a digging force of 50,600 lbs., a digging depth of 24’10”, a suggested 0.875 – 2.75 cubic yard bucket range and a swing speed of 10.0 rpm, this crawler excavator ensures quick cycle times to keep productivity levels on point regardless of the application.
The machine is ergonomically designed with a spacious, climate-controlled cab with plenty of leg room and operating space. Wide access doors provide ease of entry and exit, while windows on all sides offer excellent visibility, ensuring safe operation, particularly in the rear. A rear view camera with an LCD monitor is installed as standard equipment for additional safety. A 7-way adjustable suspension seat, AM/FM radio, large cup holder and ample storage tray for personal belongings give operators a pleasant work environment on even the toughest of work days.
This rugged excavator is built with forged and cast steel materials for maximum durability and features reinforced high stress areas on the arm and boom, wide welds and a standard rock guard.
Its sturdy undercarriage, with heavy-duty track guides and rollers, as well as a thick base plate and grousers, make the SK350 ideal for the most challenging of jobsites. Self-lubricating bushings at the attachment pins and abrasion resistant bushings near the bucket come standard.
Operators can expect extended service intervals by as much as 100% or more when it comes to engine oil, hydraulic oil, filter changes and greasing.
When periodic maintenance is required, the machine can be worked on at ground level with easy access to all key service points.
With Tier IV Final compliance coming into force, the industry can expect more from Kobelco as well as other manufacturers.