New Kobelco 14-tonne excavator sets ‘class-defining’ standard

KOBELCO Construction Machinery Europe has unveiled the 14-tonne SK140SRLC-7 excavator.

Described as delivering enhanced efficiency and productivity, Kobelco said the model sets a new ‘class-defining’ standard in operational use and operator comfort.

The machine is powered by an Isuzu Motors Ltd 2,999cc turbo charged diesel engine, which is Stage V-compliant. It boasts a 10% increase in engine output when compared to the SK140SRLC-5. Complete with a new hydraulic control system, Kobelco explained that the digging cycle time has been reduced by 10%, compared with the previous model.

The cabin layout features a 10-inch colour monitor, said to be the largest in-cab visual information screen within the excavator industry. This provides operators with machine status information, function menus and views from three cameras that are supplied as standard equipment.

The SK140SRLC-7 also features a heated and air-cushioned Grammer seat that has been constructed to incorporate the joystick and armrests as one unit. The standard air-con system has been revised so cooling air is directed towards the operator’s upper torso from two ducts positioned left and right at the rear of the cab.

There is a new control lever and hydraulic system that Kobelco said has ‘shorter, more precise’ lever movement to promote operator comfort. The use of LED backlighting on all control switches can help reduce eyestrain.

Additional features include the use of a LED door lamp that switches on when the cabin door is opened or the ignition switched off, and the FOPS Level II roof guard, which is equipped with a lockable swing-open section so the external roof glass can be easily cleaned. Parallel front window wipers ensure a larger swept area of the front window and the system incorporates one-time use along with continuous and intermittent use operation.

Quick hitch piping has been fitted as standard, while operators can select one of seven pre-set hydraulic attachment modes. Four optional modes can also be configured to operation requirements. The SK140SRLC-7 is available to order ex-factory with build options of dozer attachment, dual-boom, side drain, and additional counterbalance weights (580 and 1,000kg).

Product manager Peter Stuijt said, “Kobelco is committed to designing and manufacturing the most capable and efficient excavators and the introduction of SK140SRLC-7 is proof indeed of this. The latest technology that features within the SK140SRLC-7 provides the basis for a multi-purpose excavator with reduced operating costs and exceptional working performance. The fact that this machine is already Stage V-compliant also underlines Kobelco’s dedication to reducing the construction industry’s carbon footprint – an issue that nobody can afford to ignore.”