Kobelco highlights low transport weight on new mini excavators

Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe has revealed two new mini excavator models, with the launch of its new SK26SR-7 and the updated SK28SR-7 models.

The SK28SR mini excavator from Kobelco. The SK28SR-7 mini excavator. (PHOTO: Kobelco)

Designed to handle more demanding applications, the new SK26SR-7 offers a transport weight of just 2.58 t with the cab option and 2.42 t with canopy, allowing it to be easily transported on a 3.5-t trailer.  

Both the SK26SR-7 and the updated SK28SR-7 mini excavator, which also sits in the 2.5 to 3-t class, feature short radius designs, with the machines’ short tail swing enabling them to work in confined spaces and next to walls or ditches.

Commenting on the launches, Product Marketing Manager Wesley Elverding said: “Our mini excavator line-up is extensive, but we recognised that the 2.5-tonne segment could be further enhanced to better meet customer requirements.

“As part of our commitment to continuous improvement, the SK26SR-7 and SK28SR-7 build on Kobelco’s reputation for reliability and performance and incorporate several new features to boost their capabilities and really set them apart from the competition.”

The models are based on Kobelco’s Performance x Design concept and incorporate a more comfortable cabin that provides an improved working environment, than its previous generation of machines.

The new cabs include a mechanical suspension and reclining seat with headrest, DAB+ radio, Bluetooth connectivity and a 3.5-inch multi-colour display screen that gives the operator access to important machine information and data, such as fuel and water temperature, service intervals and hydraulic oil flow levels for the attachments.

Kobelco says “quick access to this information can help ensure timely maintenance, reducing the risk of unexpected breakdowns and optimising the machines’ lifespan”.

Meanwhile, Kobelco’s updated SK28SR-7 mini excavator now features a number of improvements.

Its engine output has been increased from 18 kW to 19 kW and newly improved hydraulic system is said to deliver “enhanced operability”, when compared to its predecessor. 

For increased versatility, Kobelco has also extended the Quick Hitch piping by 200mm for easy connection to a wide range of attachments. The removable travel levers improve accessibility to the main control valve, which helps to facilitate maintenance and servicing of the hydraulics, ensuring smoother operations and reducing downtime.

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