Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe (KCME) has launched the SK140SRD – its smallest machine designed for the demolition and recycling sector.

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The new model featuring its heavy duty nibbler

The company says the new model, which follows the launch of another small machine – the SK350DLC-10 in the second half of 2018 – is aimed at automotive dismantling as it builds on 40 years of innovation and incorporates many of the same features as the larger models.

Around six million vehicles reach the end of their useful lives in Europe each year but they still have a significant value as a source of spare parts and at least 95% of an average passenger car’s total weight can be recycled or reused.

The SK140SRD has been specifically designed to strip a vehicle of these reusable parts safely and according to Kobelco it can deliver up to four times the vehicle dismantling capability when compared with hand dismantling for increased productivity and reduced labour costs.

The machine features a hydraulic clamp arms hold a vehicle’s body securely in multiple positions to provide maximum access for complete dismantling and a heavy duty nibbler to provide maximum gripping, holding, twisting, breaking and pulling power.

In addition, the SK140SRD’s environmentally friendly engine seeks to reduce NOx emissions by around 88% compared with previous models, thanks to the fitting of a Diesel Oxidation Catalyst and Selective Calaytic Reduction. This combination also helps to promote high power and low fuel consumption.

Kobelco added that demolition and recycling job sites require tough machinery to withstand the challenging conditions, so durability and longevity were a priority in the SK140SRD’s development.

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