By simply removing four bolts, the Kobelco SK500 excavator’s optional counterweight removal system allows one person to safely lower the 19,000 lb. (8,618 kg) counterweight to the ground. This feature gives contractors the ability to quickly and easily reduce the overall weight of the Kobelco SK500LC for transport, making it possible to utilize a standard-sized trailer to reduce hauling costs and avoid oversize/overweight permits.
An optional counterweight removal system enhances the 111,400 lb. (50,530 kg) Kobelco SK500LC hydraulic excavator’s reputation for powerful performance and efficient operation. Kobelco excavators have a straight travel system that permits full travel and attachment forces simultaneously, as well as an independent travel feature that allows the machine to walk and lift with no change in travel speed. The SK500LC hydraulic excavator features fuel-efficient operation, with a new ECO-mode for light workloads, which reduces fuel consumption by about 13 percent, according to the manufacturer.
The counterweight removal system also adds to the list of safety features available on the SK500LC hydraulic excavator, including a ROPS (roll-over-protective structure)-compliant cab, standard rear view camera, upper structure handrails, rear work lights and swing flashers on the counterweight.
This enhancement to the SK500LC model combined with Kobelco’s continued emphasis on operator comfort makes this crawler excavator a leader in its size class. A double slide, reclining suspension seat, powerful automatic air conditioner, standard tropical cooling system, spacious luggage tray, large cup holder and two speaker AM/FM stereo ensure operators not only have a productive machine to operate, but also a pleasant environment in which to spend their day.
Kobelco Construction Machinery USA is dedicated to producing a full range of crawler excavators in the 3,000 to 184,000 lb. (1,360 to 83,461 kg) classes for the rental, landscape, construction, aggregate, roadbuilding, material handling, site preparation, recycling and ancillary markets, including zero tail swing, standard, long-reach and compact models.
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