European launch for Kobelco’s SK130LC-11
By Mike Hayes19 May 2020
Kobelco is introducing the new SK130LC-11 excavator – its first to enter the 12-14t class – into the European market.
The machine is powered by a Stage V-compliant Isuzu turbocharged diesel engine, featuring SCR (selective catalytic reduction) and DPF (diesel particulate filter) systems.
The mechanical power output for the 2,999cc engine is rated at 78.5kW, giving the machine a best in class drawbar pulling force of 141kN and a bucket digging force of 105.4kN.
A 600kg counterbalance weight is an option, as well as dozer and a dual-boom options.
Kobelco says the machine, which is manufactured in Japan, balances economy and reliability with power and a spacious cabin with ergonomic controls.
KCME Product Manager, Peter Stuijt, said, “The introduction of the SK130LC-11 to the UK and mainland European markets is a very important decision by Kobelco. The 12-14 tonne operating class is populated with smaller contractors and, certainly in the UK, rental fleet companies who specialise in lighter machines that are productive through being versatile, powerful and economic from low running costs and extremely competitive initial purchase price – the new SK130LC-11 more than fulfils these requirements.
“The fact it is emissions Stage V compliant extends the already impressive specification of this excavator. As do the latest operating features and increased operator comfort, all of which raise production efficiency by some degrees. All of the aforementioned are key purchasing points of potential customers. Add to the mix Kobelco’s famed reliability and durability, then it is clear the SK130LC-11 is the obvious choice in this operating class.”