Kobelco has launched the new SK19 mini excavator designed for small and restricted jobsites,such as residential areas and inside buildings. The Kobelco SK19, which replaces the previous SK18-1E, delivers better performance thanks to its bigger engine, new hydraulic system and newly designed working equipment.
The Yanmar Stage V-compliant engine delivers a 38% increase in power output (13.1kW versus 9.5kW), 10% increase in bucket digging force (16.7kN versus 15.2kN) and 26% increase in arm digging force (long arm/short arm 9.3/11.4kN versus 7.4kN). Lifting capacity has also been increased by 24% (based on 2.5m reach, -0.5m from ground level over the front), while travel speed, digging reach and digging depth are also improved.
The width of the crawler is 980mm when retracted to enable access to tight passageways, which increases to just 1,320mm when extended. The compact tail swing provides operating efficiency in limited spaces, while the boom swing angle is 12% wider than the previous SK18-1E.
The boom, arm and swing bracket all have large cross-section segments for added attachment strength, and spring steel cylinder rod guards are standard for the bucket and arm cylinders. The dozer cylinder rod guard also protects the dozer cylinder from damage.
Commenting on the launch of the new Kobelco SK19, Product Manager, Wesley Elverding, said: “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. Tailored for productivity, the new SK19 offers increased arm digging forces and shorter overall cycle times, best-in-class hydraulic auxiliary lines, versatility and improved stability.”