New Kobelco SK130LC-11 sets a high standard

Published 29/6 at 17:01

Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe B.V. (KCME) is pleased to announce the arrival of the SK130LC-11 that extends Kobelco quality, economy and reliability within the 12t to 14t operating segment.

It is said to set high standards as a direct result of precise manufacturing and a high tech design, with customer feedback being a key element in its design process. The result is an excavator that delivers productive mechanical power, operating speed, refined operator comfort and fuel efficiency.

The SK130LC-11 is the first premium Kobelco excavator to enter the 12t to 14t operating class, and is powered by an Isuzu Motors Ltd R-4JJ1XDDV-A01 latest generation turbocharged diesel engine.  Together with its balanced chassis layout, the SK130LC-11 provides exceptional lifting capability and stability. The SK130LC-11 design includes a thoroughly modern and spacious cabin that features intuitive, easy to use operating controls and systems. A large colour monitor provides an easily accessible and programmable menu, machine status information and provides clear rear and right side views from the upper deck cameras. 

Other areas under the design spotlight include repositioning the safety valve on the cylinder arm to further minimise the risk of accidental contact with site obstacles, and the mounting lug dimensions on the standard bucket have been uprated to suit the available digging force. A large fuel tank with a 280l capacity reduces refuelling downtime and includes a fuel cap that meets EN regulations to prevent fuel spillage. Parallel front window wipers are now in place on the front window and give a larger swept contact area, with the wiper system also having ‘one time’ use selection. Internal LED lighting that reacts to door opening / closure and main ignition on / off further promotes operator safety.

Commenting on the introduction of the new SK130LC-11, product manager, Peter Stuijt, said: “The introduction of the SK130LC-11 to the UK and mainland European markets is a very important decision by Kobelco. The 12t to 14t operating class is populated with smaller contractors and, certainly in the UK, rental fleet companies who specialise in lighter machines that are productive through being versatile, powerful and economic from low running costs and extremely competitive initial purchase price. 

“The fact it is emissions Stage V compliant extends the already impressive specification of this excavator. As do the latest operating features and increased operator comfort, all of which raise production efficiency by some degrees. All of the aforementioned are key purchasing points of potential customers. Add to the mix Kobelco’s famed reliability and durability then it is clear the SK130LC-11 is the obvious choice in this operating class.”

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