Kobelco launches its largest short radius excavator

Published 10/5 at 14:42

Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe B.V (KCME) is pleased to announce the launch of its largest short radius (SR) excavator into the 38t segment, the 36t SK380SRLC.

The addition of the new Kobelco SK380SRLC to its SR line up brings performance through a powerful 200kW engine, excellent lifting capacity, increased stability due to its operating weight, a spacious cabin and excellent operability. It features a Stage V compliant turbocharged Hino diesel engine and, should instant power be required, ‘Power Boost’ can be engaged for 10% more power. The machine’s proven powertrain also delivers a drawbar force of 314kN for smooth and steady operation across rough terrain. In addition, the combination of high hydraulic pressure and balanced chassis layout delivers exceptional lifting capacity of 12,390kg (from ground level) even when digging at a reach of 6m.

Designed with much care and attention to detail, the SK380SRLC’s spacious cabin incorporates a number of features to improve aesthetics, comfort and safety. The premium operator station is sealed and pressurised, using a powerful automatic climate control system. A Kobelco branded ‘Grammer’ air cushioned and heated suspension seat absorbs vibration even on the roughest terrain, with the SK380SRLC’s cabin also being equipped with a DAB+ radio (FM/AM, AUX, USB), Bluetooth, hands free telephone and other features. In addition, the SK380SRLC’s colour LCD multi display screen shows fuel consumption, maintenance intervals, digging mode and other important information such as ten pre-set attachment settings, and a mode switch that converts the hydraulic circuit and flow amount to match attachments.

For enhanced operator safety, an innovative tilt up opening FOPS guard level II comes as standard, providing easy access to the external roof glass, which can be easily cleaned for improved visibility. Additional jobsite safety is assured via three standard cameras located on the left, right and rear sides of the machine. Ground level access to the DEF tank and a special lower access step, located near the engine, also simplifies maintenance. A two piece boom option is expected to launch later this year, which will provide additional benefits on jobsites with restricted space, particularly in maintenance and utilities.

Commenting on the launch of the Kobelco SK380SRLC, product manager, Peter Stuijt, said: “The arrival of the SK380SRLC is a result of extensive market research and customer feedback, coupled with Kobelco’s extensive experience in innovative technologies. We’re seeing more demand for short radius machines, due to increased requirements for urban infrastructure and utilities, and the SK380SRLC offers all the benefits of a heavy machine, including high power and increased lifting capacity, but in a much smaller working footprint.”

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