Posted July 21, 2022

Next-generation excavator

Kobelco Construction Machinery USA Inc. adds the SK260LC-11 excavator that delivers superior performance, greater efficiency, more productivity.

The new model  follows the Kobelco Performance by Design concept for outstanding operator-based performance and comfort in this competitive class, sources report. 

Kobelco SK260LLC-11 excavator
The KobelcoSK260LC-11 excavator that delivers superior performance, greater efficiency, more productivity.

Since the development of the first generation SK series 25-ton Kobelco excavator in 1983, this size class has grown in popularity due to its versatility in general construction applications. Equipped with a new Tier IV Final Yanmar engine, the SK260LC-11 delivers 194 net horsepower and 577 foot-pounds of torque at 1,500 rpm, which is a 23 percent increase in torque vs the previous model.

With 42,000 pounds of bucket digging force, 63,300 foot-pounds of swing torque and 55,600 POUNDS of drawbar pulling force, the KOBELCO SK260LC-11 surpasses the competition with more digging and operating power.

Smooth and steady operation while moving heavy objects across the job site is assured through the ‘Independent Travel’ function, which dedicates one hydraulic pump to travel and one to the attachment on a continuous basis. The machine’s 60,200-pound operating weight provides increased stability and superior lifting capacity. And, like most Kobelco heavy excavators, the SK260LC-11 has three work modes: Eco, S, and H mode for balancing between high performance, economy, and low fuel consumption. Heavy Lift and Power Boost (with unlimited time use) add the power needed to get through the toughest conditions and the in-cab hydraulic pressure release function allows customers to change work tools or hoses easily and safely.

The new excavator provides improved durability; many major components have been redesigned for improved durability and performance. For example, the machine’s side panels have been made thicker to enhance body rigidity, while the increased diameter of the bucket cylinder pin contributes to enhanced durability for using various work tools.  

For those needing machine guidance options, the SK260LC-11 has pre-installed mounting brackets for easier system installation without the need to weld and paint.  These brackets are designed to adapt to several brands of 2D and 3D systems. 

The -11 excavator models feature best-in-class cabin space and visibility. Standard features include a 7-way adjustable heated air-suspension seat that moves with the armrests and hydraulic controls. This uniquely designed cabin reduces operator fatigue, provides excellent shock absorption, and offers superior ride comfort. The operator’s pilot levers move horizontally without arching of the wrist, while also providing shorter lever strokes to deliver a swifter, more precise movement. The right-side jog dial integrates multiple functions into a single user interface with the 10-inch color monitor. The easy-to-operate menu screen shows work mode, maintenance intervals and fuel consumption, as well as providing a 270-degree view from the machine’s standard three-camera system.

The hydraulic flow-rate modes of the bucket, breaker, nibbler, and rotating grapple are also now fully adjustable by the operator through the monitor, and the mode settings for other attachments, such as a tilt rotator, can also be easily added or changed. All internal switches and dials in the cabin have LED backlighting to provide a bright, clear view in the dark and the cabin has a FM/AM, AUX, Bluetooth, hands-free telephone radio, smartphone holder, USB charger and a 12V power outlet. 

A standard radiator clean-out screen prevents larger material from clogging the radiator cooling fins and can be easily removed for cleaning. A newly structured hydraulic oil filter prevents foreign matter from entering the oil tank during maintenance, and all filters are easy to access from ground level. 

For safety, a heavy-duty Level II overhead top guard is standard and can be tilted open for easy window cleaning.  Additionally, exclusive rear swing flashers and rear work lights are integrated into the counterweight for added safety on busy job sites. Seven LED lights (2 on boom, 2 on top front of the cab, 1 on right side body, and 2 facing rear on the counterweight) are also now standard to provide additional visibility in low light conditions. 

Monitoring the SK260LC-11’s work status remotely has also never been easier with KOMEXS (KOBELCO Monitoring Excavator System).  The machine’s operational information, such as hours, fuel consumption, and maintenance status, can be obtained remotely.  For added convenience and security, an engine start alarm, e-fence, and current/past location history are also included. It has a 4 year/4,000-hour full machine warranty with KOMEXS included while covered by factory warranty. Additional extended warranty coverage terms are available.