2016 saw the heavy excavator market rise by 15%, and with construction projects expected to continue to increase in 2017, the industry requires more powerful and efficient machines to power it.
To answer industry demand, Kobelco delivered their new Generation 10 series of heavy excavators in 2016, bringing a new standard of efficiency and performance to the market.
The series includes the 20 tonne SK200-10, the 25 tonne SK250-10 and the 35 tonne SK330-10, released throughout the year together with Long Carriage versions of these three models
Kobelco General Manager - Sales and Service, Doug McQuinn, says the Australian market knows what it needs, and the Generation 10 machines answer that call.
”With infrastructure and subdivision projects increasing and project costs rising, the upgraded design of the new Generation 10 excavators address real needs and concerns of the people working on these projects,” he says.
The Generation 10 series brought stronger, more durable and more fuel efficient machines to the Australian market, exceeding the requirements and high standards of today’s customers.
“The Generation 10 machines are serious diggers, but the innovative engineering means they use up to 10% less fuel compared to their predecessors. This dramatically lowers fuel costs while still producing some serious power,” Doug says.
The new machines are equipped with Kobelco’s new Arm Interflow System, which is a hydraulic regenerative system that enables the boom’s weight to force hydraulic fluid to the shovel arm, thus reducing the need for fluid to be forced from the pump. Less engine and hydraulic workload means less fuel.
Alongside the fuel efficiency, the upgrades to the attachment piping systems on the Generation 10 excavators mean that the machines can be fitted and delivered to work sites faster. They also boast light touch levers (38% lighter than on previous models) and improved cab design that delivers easier and more comfortable operation.
So what can we look forward to in 2017?
“We’ve made significant strides with the Generation 10 machines, but we’re never satisfied and are always looking on how we can innovate and improve our products. 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year - watch this space,” Doug says.
To find more about what the year ahead holds for Kobelco, visit during the Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo at site 83A.