New Kobelco mini is ‘tailored for productivity’

KOBELCO has announced that its all-new SK19 mini-excavator delivers ‘superior performance’ over the previous SK18-1E model thanks to a larger engine, new hydraulic system, and newly designed working equipment.

The Yanmar Stage V-compliant engine is said to deliver a 38% increase in power output, 10% increase in bucket digging force, and 26% increase in arm digging force.

Lifting capacity has also been increased by 24%, the manufacturer added, while travel speed, digging reach and digging depth are also ‘significantly’ improved.

The width of the crawler is 980mm when retracted to enable access to tight passageways, which increases to just 1,320mm when extended. Kobelco explained that the compact tail swing provides operating efficiency in limited spaces, while the boom swing angle is 12% wider than the previous SK18-1E.

The boom, arm and swing bracket all have large cross-section segments for added attachment strength, while spring steel cylinder rod guards are standard for the bucket and arm cylinders.

Both the SK19’s cabin and canopy meet ROPS, TOPS and FOPS safety standards and the LED boom light, optional LED front/rear lights and optional LED pluggable orange beacon, are described as providing ‘excellent’ illumination on-site. The rear-view mirrors and optional rain visor also enhance visibility. All models are available with long and short digging arms.

USB ports, 12v power supply and cup holder come as standard while the wrist rests on each control lever box are said to ensure ‘fatigue-free’ operation. An optional counterweight can provide extra stability.

Product manager Wesley Elverding said, “Mini-excavators are vital to our overall product line-up, and the introduction of the SK19 demonstrates how we are developing our mini-excavator technology and machine concepts. Tailored for productivity, the new SK19 offers increased arm digging forces and shorter overall cycle times, best-in-class hydraulic auxiliary lines, versatility and improved stability.”