Kobelco Launches New Excavator at World of Concrete 2012

Kobelco is launching its new SK485 excavator at World of Concrete 2012 by displaying a custom-wrapped version at its booth.

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To launch the Kobelco SK485 Mark 9 full-size, high-performance excavator, Kobelco Construction Machinery America is displaying a custom-wrapped version of the new model at the company’s exhibit (Booth C5936, Central Hall) during the 2012 World of Concrete show in Las Vegas. Painted black, the Tier 4 excavator features a striking patriotic theme that includes the American flag on the boom, an eagle on the cab and the New York City skyline on the rear counterweight. With this display, Kobelco continues its tradition of celebrating its American manufacturing by showcasing new equipment with a patriotic American theme.

The custom-wrapped SK485 Mark 9 excavator is provided courtesy of Sandoval Pipeline Engineering, Inc., and Trinity Equipment Rentals, both based in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Recently absorbed into Trinity Equipment Rentals, Sandoval Pipeline specialized in installations of water, sewer, storm drain, firewater, retention/detention basins and filtration units for customers in the commercial, industrial, retail and public works sectors. Since its founding in 2011, Trinity Equipment Rentals has provided rentals of excavators and other heavy equipment to the Southern California market. The company has established a reputation for applying a unique custom-wrap design to their Tier 4- and Tier 3-compliant fleets.

A Kobelco customer for more than 10 years, Sandoval Pipeline and Trinity Equipment recently made a multi-million dollar equipment purchase from Scott Equipment, Inc., a Kobelco dealer located in Fontana, CA. The purchase included eight Kobelco machines – two SK485 Mark 9 excavators, three SK350 Mark 9 excavators and three 215SR short radius excavators. All eight Kobelco excavators feature Trinity Equipment’s custom-wrap design.

SK485 Mark 9 tackles heavy applications with ease

The largest of the Kobelco Mark 9 excavator series – which includes the SK210, SK260, SK295 and SK350 excavators – the Tier 4 SK485 Mark 9 delivers up to 15% improvement in fuel efficiency, while maintaining exceptional productivity. The hard-working Kobelco Mark 9 excavators are manufactured at Kobelco’s U.S. plant in Calhoun, GA.

The new SK485 Mark 9 excavator features an upgrade to Kobelco’s legendary intelligent hydraulics, and a new Economy power mode that delivers improved fuel efficiency – 15% better fuel efficiency for normal digging conditions as compared to previous models. The machine also features a Tier 4 Interim Hino engine equipped with cooled exhaust gas recirculation (CEGR) emission technology. A new ROPS/FOPS cab provides a larger, more comfortable work environment. A low engine cover and standard rear-view camera improve visibility and operator productivity.

One of the most productive machines in its size class, the SK485 Mark 9 is engineered for heavy applications, including road and bridge, sewer and underground utilities and mainline pipeline construction.

The Kobelco SK485 features an operating weight of 111,774 lbs (50,700 kg), and a dig depth of 25 ft 7.5 in (7.81 m). The new model delivers 345 horsepower (257 kW).

Additional features on the new Kobelco SK485 Mark 9 excavator include swing flashers and step extensions. Plug-in capability for telematics is standard on all Mark 9 excavators. For even greater productivity and precision, all Kobelco Mark 9 excavators are compatible with grade control systems from leading suppliers to meet customer preference and applications.

A full selection of buckets, couplers and thumbs are offered to maximize the excavator’s versatility.