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Kobelco Introduces SK350, SK500 Mass Excavators to the U.S. Market

The Kobelco SK350 and SK500 mass excavators are true workhorses that shine in power and speed on the job site.

Mon February 23, 2015 - National Edition

Kobelco Construction Machinery USA has launched its SK350 and SK500 mass excavators to the U.S. market. Designed to provide high productivity, both machines offer the ability to efficiently handle mass quantities of material with the largest bucket sizes available, according to the manufacturer.

The Kobelco SK350 and SK500 mass excavators are true workhorses that shine in power and speed on the job site. Engineered to reduce cycle time while loading trucks, the robust 82,200 lb. (37,285 kg) SK350 mass excavator has a digging force of 55,600 lbs. and utilizes buckets up to 3.01 cu.yds. (2.3 cu m).

The SK500 mass excavator weighs 117,300 lbs. (53,206 kg), boasts a digging force of 61,600 lbs. and can operate with a heaped bucket capacity of 4.45 cu.yds. (3.4 cu m). In addition, both machines are designed with an extremely durable boom and arm.

The SK350 mass excavator comes standard with a 7 ft. 5 in. (2.3 m) arm and a 21 ft. 4 in. (6.5 m) boom, and the SK500 with a 7 ft. 10 in. (2.3 m) arm and 28 ft. 8 in. (8.7 m) boom. Built for volume loading applications, the short boom and arm on each of these machines have a larger box section. This feature allows for the handling of larger buckets and the application of higher digging forces for reduced cycle times.

Great Strength

Compared to general purpose front ends, attachments on the Kobelco SK350 and SK500 mass excavators are much stronger. The special heavy-duty attachments on each of these machines provide added durability, allowing installation of the next-class-up shear and hammer. The front end of each model consists of a new stick and linkage, as well as a choice of buckets with substantially increased capacities. Furthermore, both the SK350 and SK500 use standard hydraulic pressures where no additional counterweight is required.

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