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Kobelco USA introduces upgraded SK230 and new SK270 excavators

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Feb. 3, 2017 - KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA is pleased to launch the enhanced SK230SRLC-5 and new SK270SRLC-5 models in North America. These KOBELCO excavators set the standard for mid-size machines, offering full-size benefits with short rear swing capabilities and exceptional features.

The KOBELCO SK230 and SK270 deliver unmatched power and performance while minimizing fuel consumption. Popular on urban jobsites, both models feature a compact design and long digging reach to provide easy maneuverability and a broad working range. And with top-class digging depths of 21’7” and 21’9” as well as impressive swing speeds, the SK230 and SK270 deliver continuous operation and shortened cycle times.

The enhanced KOBELCO SK230 is equipped to deliver full-sized performance over an extended working life. With a dynamic digging force of 26,800-lbs and maximum digging reach of 31’10”, the SK230’s performance and power capabilities are tougher than before. Users can expect an impressive ~31% increase in fuel efficiency and ~8% increase in work volume per hour while operating the SK230 in either ECO-mode or H-mode.

Packed with powerful performance capabilities, the SK270 is the newest KOBELCO SR Series excavator. This model boasts a digging force of 31,700-lbs and a maximum digging reach of 32’3” to achieve leading-class work volume. The SK270 supplies the perfect balance of fuel economy and jobsite productivity, delivering a ~27% decrease in fuel consumption while operating in ECO-mode and a ~7% increase in work volume per hour while in H-mode.


The proprietary KOBELCO intelligent control system is showcased on the SK230 and SK270, ensuring smooth engagement and disengagement across all machine functions. Heavy lift can be enabled when extra lift capacity is needed, while power boost instantly delivers ~10% more power for additional digging capability with no time limit. Independent travel, an exclusive KOBELCO feature, also allows each model to move, lift and swing simultaneously without experiencing loss of power.

Equipped with a Tier IV Final HINO engine, the KOBELCO SK230 and SK270 deliver full-size power and superior efficiency. A high-pressure common rail fuel injection system and variable-geometry turbocharger reduces particulate matter, while a large EGR cooler decreases NOx emissions by ~80% to provide low operation costs. KOBELCO also redesigned its iNDr configuration to include a revolutionary double offset duct structure, allowing both units to deliver ultra-quiet operation.

When it comes to machine maintenance and comfort, the SK230 and SK270 offer intuitive operation and comprehensive safety. Easy access to the cooling unit, engine compartment and electrical components ensure convenient day-to-day maintenance. Both KOBELCO models boast various cab features including an optimized control layout, wide access doors, powerful air conditioner and an adjustable suspension seat. Furthermore, windows on all sides, as well as a rear view and right side camera provide excellent visibility to ensure safe operation.

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