Kobelco debuts new Short Radius excavator

KOBELCO has launched the SK380SRLC – the manufacturer’s largest Short Radius (SR) excavator – into the 38-tonne segment.

Weighing in at over 36 tonnes, the machine is powered by a Stage V-compliant turbocharged Hino diesel engine for increased horsepower, and, when more instant power is required, Power Boost can be engaged for 10% more power.

Kobelco said the powertrain delivers a ‘class-leading’ drawbar force of 314kN for ‘smooth and steady’ operation across rough terrain and slopes – even when lifting heavy objects. The combination of high hydraulic pressure (Heavy Lift) and balanced chassis layout delivers lifting capacity of 12,390kg (from ground level) even when digging at a reach of 6m.

The cabin features an automatic climate control system that directs warm or cool airflow towards the operator’s neck and back. A Kobelco-branded Grammer air-cushioned and heated suspension seat comes as standard while the cabin is also equipped with a DAB+ radio, 12V power outlet, storage tray and cup holder.

The colour LCD multi-display screen shows information such as fuel consumption, maintenance intervals and digging mode. Up to ten pre-set attachment settings can be selected – the one-touch attachment mode switch converts the hydraulic circuit and flow amount to match attachments.

Safety measures include the tilt-up opening FOPS guard level II, providing ‘easy access’ to the external roof glass. Three standard cameras are located on the left, right and rear sides of the machine and the multiple display facility allows operators to customise viewing needs. Ground level access to the DEF tank and a special lower-access step, located near the engine, assists with maintenance.

Kobelco revealed a two-piece boom option for the SK380SRLC is expected to launch later this year, which will provide additional benefits on sites with restricted space.

Product manager Peter Stuijt said, “The arrival of the SK380SRLC is a result of extensive market research and customer feedback, coupled with Kobelco’s extensive experience in innovative technologies. We’re seeing more demand for Short Radius machines, due to increased requirements for urban infrastructure and utilities, and the SK380SRLC offers all the benefits of a heavy machine, including high power and increased lifting capacity, but in a much smaller working footprint.”