Kobelco targets big jobs with compact equipment

By Steve Ducker23 February 2022

Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe has introduced the SK19 mini excavator, which it says combines a compact body with a high-output engine for high power and efficient operation.

The SK19 replaces the SK18-1E and has a bigger engine and new hydraulic system compared to its predecessor. (Photo: KCME)

The SK19, which replaces the previous SK18-1E, has a bigger engine, new hydraulic system and newly designed working equipment.

For example, the Yanmar Stage V-compliant engine is said to deliver a 38% increase in power output (13.1kW against 9.5kW), 10% increase in bucket digging force (16.7kN) and 26% increase in arm digging force. Lifting capacity has also been increased.

The width of the crawler is 980 mm (38 in) when retracted to enable access to tight passageways, which increases to just 1,320 mm (52 in) when extended.

The manufacturer added that the compact tail swing provides operating efficiency in limited spaces, while the boom swing angle is 12% wider than the previous SK18-1E.

“Mini excavators are vital to our overall product line-up, and the introduction of the SK19

demonstrates how we are developing our mini excavator technology and machine concepts,” said product manager Wesley Elverding.

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