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Kobelco SK210LC Excavator Brings Improved Job Site Performance

It's a Trifecta as three engine modes combine to optimize power and fuel consumption.

Wed August 07, 2013 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Kobelco’s 48,500 lb. (22,000 kg) SK210 is a mid-sized excavator equipped with a fuel efficient, 157 hp (117 kW) HINO engine, provides substantial power while meeting Tier IV fuel emission requirements. To optimize power and fuel consumption the SK210 features three engine operating modes, H for heavy loads, S for standard loads and ECO to reduce fuel consumption when moving lighter loads. Operators can easily switch between modes by simply pressing a button in the cab throughout the course of their workday.

With a digging force of 28,880 lbs., a dig depth of 22 ft. (6.7 m) and a 1.05 cu. yd. (.8 cu m) bucket, the SK210 boasts a swing speed of 12.5 rpm for optimal cycle times, ensuring movement of the maximum amount of material each work day, according to the manufacturer.

The SK210’s independent travel feature allows the operator to move, lift and swing simultaneously without stopping or experiencing a loss of power. Not only does this make the machine versatile, but it also enhances productivity, usability and safety on the job. This feature is ideal for applications that require movement of pipe from one area of a job site to another, then placement of the pipe into a trench. Rather than using multiple machines to handle the work, Kobelco owners can complete all steps with their SK210.

In addition to excelling in performance and productivity, the SK210 succeeds in providing a comfortable work environment. It features a spacious cab with wide-access for ease of entry and exit, a reclining, double slide seat, air conditioning, AM/FM radio, a large cup holder and a spacious tray for storage of personal belongings. Large windows on all sides of the machine provide operators with excellent visibility. While many manufacturers have obstructed rear views, Kobelco’s low profile hood design combined with a standard rear view camera ensure safety behind the machine at all times.

Kobelco’s SK210 is built to withstand the day-to-day rigors of the most demanding job sites. Its rugged construction with a forged and reinforced steel boom, thick boom base, wide welds and heavy-duty counterweight, exceed the stringent quality standards of today’s customers, according to the manufacturer. Self-lubricating bushings are used at the attachment pins and abrasion resistant bushings near the bucket for maximum durability over the life of the machine.

Onboard diagnostics come standard with the SK210 and were designed to be intuitive. Kobelco engineers wrote the user-friendly code for the company’s KOMEX machine management system so that the operator could quickly gauge crucial machine data on a full color display right from the excavator’s cab. By monitoring machine data, operators are able to react appropriately when service is needed. No laptops are required in the field to translate complex warning codes or diagnose potential service issues, saving users valuable time.

When the workday is complete, owners can ensure their equipment is kept safe by enabling Kobelco’s geo-fence feature. Should their equipment be removed from the job site, they can track its location, and then lock it so that the next time it’s turned off, it can’t be turned back on, so it can safely be returned to their site.

Electrical wiring is color coded for ease of tracking, with all wiring and hoses neatly tied and guarded to prevent wear. Long-life hydraulic oil boosts service life up to 5,000 hours, while a high capacity super-fine hydraulic oil filter increases the replacement cycle to 1,000 hours and allows for replacement of the filter element only, minimizing replacement costs. A standard, double-element air filter ensures the engine runs clean, even in the dustiest of environments. Despite its design, the SK210, like all excavators, will require preventive maintenance. When the time comes, owners can easily and safely access critical service points from ground level, ensuring the machine continues to operate efficiently.

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