Kobelco demolition ‘workhorse’ enters European market

KOBELCO’S SK1300DLC ultra-high reach demolition excavator is now available in Europe.

With an operating weight of 130 tonnes and a reach of up to 40m, the model is described as currently the world’s largest OEM-manufactured building demolition machine.

Three of the new machines have already been sold and are set to work on demolition sites across Europe.

Like Kobelco’s other demolition models, the SK1300DLC is a common base-type machine. However, the integration of the NEXT ADVANCE system means it can be adapted for multiple applications, including high elevation demolition projects as well as breaking up building foundations.

Kobelco explained the NEXT ADVANCE 4-piece high reach demolition attachment was developed to achieve greater working heights with heavier tools. The manufacturer added that the new articulated structure enables a heavy tool to be elevated while keeping the machine’s centre of gravity low.

The ultra-high reach attachment can accommodate a crusher capacity weight of 4.3 tonnes, while the 35m boom configuration can support larger crusher weights of 5.2 tonnes. A three-piece high reach attachment is also available with 35m and 31m configurations, accommodating crusher capacity weights of five tonnes and 6.1 tonnes respectively and enjoying a larger working reach. Kobelco said the separate boom configuration allows fitment of even larger crushers of up to 12 tonnes.

The modular design is said to allow for easy transport with ‘fast set-up and disassembly’. Once collapsed, the SK1300DLC’s base machine has a transportation weight of less than
32 tonnes and a width of around 3.2m. The the main boom can be disassembled in approximately two hours.

Safety features include the Cab Interference Prevention System, which alerts operators if the attachment comes within a certain distance of the cab, then stops ‘gently and automatically’. The Tip-over Warning Device determines whether there is a danger of the machine tipping from the relative position and swing angle of the attachment. If the machine is in a dangerous position, the operator will be alerted with an alarm and a warning on the screen.

The demolition-specification tilting cabin is fitted with high strength security glass and radial grid guards across the front and top windows. Cameras are fitted to four locations on the base machine, with a further two cameras at the tip of the arm. Other safety features include LED working lights at the front, cab lights and boom light, debris detector to prevent falling demolition debris from colliding with the cab, handrail, and cab emergency lowering device lever.

Kobelco product manager Peter Stuijt said, “Kobelco has amassed significant experience with this class of building demolition machines in the Japanese market, so the SK1300D is a machine with an excellent pedigree. Introduced in Japan in 2021, the SK1300DLC’s reputation as a workhorse in the toughest and most challenging demolition conditions is now second to none.

“Due to the increased demand for heavy demolition equipment in Europe, the arrival of the machine earlier this year had been highly anticipated. The SK1300DLC is ideal for demolition projects that require a high reach of over 30m, but its NEXT ADVANCE system also makes it ideal for demolition work at ground level or sub-ground level too.

“We see that this versatility, and the fact that it is quick and easy to disassemble and transport, is of great benefit to demolition contractors working on multiple jobsites. Despite its commanding size, at the heart of it, the SK1300DLC also has all the same great high quality and performance characteristics Kobelco is renowned for.”