Kobelco adds to 50t class with the introduction of two new modelsPublished 27/9 at 14:02
Kobelco’s new SK500LC-1 and larger SK530LC-11 models benefit from increased speed and performance, improved reliability and maintenance, state of the art ergonomics and design and are Stage V compliant.
Weighing in at over 50t, the SK500LC-11 benefits from a new turbocharged Stage V compliant 13l Hino engine which reduces cycle time by 5.1% (compared to H-mode on the company’s SK500LC-10). Fuel consumption has improved by 5.4% (compared to S-mode on the SK500LC-10) and productivity has increased by 6.2% (compared to eco mode on the SK500LC-10).
The SK500LC-11 is best suited to general construction applications, while the SK530LC-11 is ideal for general construction and quarrying. The SK500LC-11 has a higher operating weight (50,400kg) when compared with the previous SK500LC-10, leading to increased stability. Both the SK500LC-11 and SK530LC-11 benefit from high hydraulic pressure for greater lifting power at close radius, allowing for smooth and steady operation while moving heavy objects. The machines also have excellent lifting performance, particularly at a working radius of up to 9m over the side and for enhanced safety, excellent visibility on the jobsite is provided via three standard cameras located on the left, right and rear sides of the machine allowing the operator to customise viewing needs.
Easy maintenance is assured via improved layout of the radiator and oil cooling system, as well as easier access to the urea tank and two stage air filter. An optional walkway on the left side of the machine can also be installed for easier inspection and cleaning of the machine’s cooling system elements. Engine reliability is also significantly improved on the new generation models. The engine fan belt is now equipped with an auto-tensioner for reduced maintenance requirements, a reversible cooling fan has been introduced to guarantee radiator cleanliness and heated urea lines help to prevent clogging issues at colder ambient temperatures. Both the SK500LC-11 and SK530LC-11 models are available with standard boom and three arm variations, or as a mass excavation model with a short boom and short arm.
Commenting on the launch of the new Kobelco SK500LC-11 and SK530LC-11, product manager, Peter Stuijt, said: “The SK500LC-11 and SK530LC-11 represent a new generation in excavator performance and design. Years of research, coupled with feedback from our customers, has resulted in the development of new breed of heavy machines that excel in performance comfort and operability. First impressions of the SK500LC-11 from our dealer, Comet Loc in southern France, are extremely positive, with operators reporting that the new machine is very fast, accurate and easy to drive.”