KOBELCO Announces Enhanced SK850LC-10

KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA is pleased to introduce the enhanced SK850LC-10 excavator. The SK850LC-10 is the largest KOBELCO Generation 10 model and features cutting-edge power.

The SK850LC-10 is more durable and able to withstand the rigors of tough job sites. This KOBELCO excavator delivers a  bucket digging force of 90,598-lbs to achieve impressive work volume. Premier working ranges and a powerful 146,800-lb drawbar pull force enable the SK850LC-10 to operate in rough terrain and on slopes with increased productivity.

This robust, 185,700-lb unit is powered by a 510-hp Tier IV Final HINO engine, allowing it to tackle heavy-duty applications while remaining highly fuel efficient. While operating in ECO-mode, the SK850LC-10 boasts an impressive ~17% improvement in fuel economy compared to its predecessor. This boost in efficiency is a result of an enhanced hydraulic line layout that further reduces energy loss to ensure outstanding performance. A variable-geometry turbocharger also helps to lower fuel consumption, and a new selective catalytic reduction system decreases NOx emissions by 80% to provide low operation emissions.

An improved lever control force of 25% further lessens operator fatigue during long hours of operation, while added climate control outlets and an expanded cab interior provide a pleasant work environment. A FOPS top guard, rear-view camera and swing flashers come standard on the SK850LC-10 to enhance job site safety.

Maintenance on the SK850LC-10 is simple and cost-effective. Easy access to maintenance data from the operation management system greatly improves ease of maintenance scheduling and ensures a long service life, while easy access to the cooling unit, engine compartment and electrical components ensure convenient day-to-day maintenance.

KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA offers crawler excavators in the 3,000 lb. to 245,000 lb. classes including zero tail swing, compact, standard, long-reach, mass excavation, and demolition models. Well-known as the excavator authority, KOBELCO is committed to producing quality machines with advanced productivity-boosting features and innovative technologies. With premier capabilities such as no time limit power boost and exclusive independent travel, KOBELCO machines ensure performance and efficiency for the tough worksite challenges.

For more information on KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA or KOBELCO products, please visit www.KOBELCO-USA.com

Insights and Advice for Equipment Managers in the Pipeline Industry

Andy Baldwin has been the equipment manager for Appalachian Pipeline Contractors in Hendersonville, Tenn., since June 2011. Prior to assuming that role, Baldwin worked in the auto parts industry for nearly 20 years. “My experience in auto parts, having a basic understanding of different types of machinery and their related components, made me a good fit,” Baldwin relates.

Baldwin now manages Appalachian Pipeline’s 500-plus-piece fleet of equipment ranging from trucks, skid steers and excavators to boring machines, pipelayers, sandblasting pots and numerous attachments. Baldwin talked to ICUEE about some of his biggest lessons learned since joining the pipeline industry nearly eight years ago, along with what he thinks it will take to continue succeeding as an equipment manager.

Q: What are some of the biggest pipeline industry trends right now?

We’re seeing a lot of new pipeline construction, as well as the refurbishing of existing lines. We’ve put in a lot of bids on “take-up and relay” projects where we’re removing old 10-inch lines and putting 16-inch lines in their place, or maybe going from a 16 to a 20. In either case, the existing pipe is too small to handle the volume that needs to run through it.

Another thing I’ve seen is that more equipment is available to rent than when I first started in 2011. A great example is the trailer-style vacuum excavator. We don’t operate this type of machine on an everyday basis, so I really can’t justify purchasing one. The challenge has been: Where can I go to rent one? Meeting people from leading manufacturers have been really helpful. Now there are a few vendors out there who have added vacuum excavators to their rental fleets.

Q: What are your biggest lessons learned thus far as an equipment manager?

Technology can be really helpful, but you have to do your homework and make sure you’ll get a return on your investment. For example, we’ve tried a couple of different telematics solutions, primarily for equipment tracking. The issue we’ve always run into is that, because of the specialized work we do, our equipment sometimes sits for longer periods of time. If it’s not being started and operated every day, especially in the colder northern climate, the telematics device seems to put a bit of a draw on the battery. Since our primary focus is productivity and downtime, that’s a concern for us.

Another issue we’ve had with telematics is that a lot of our equipment is older. We aren’t able to capture as much of the machine performance data as we’d like in order to really see the benefit of telematics. That will change over time, of course, as we replace and upgrade elements of our fleet.

Q: Do you have any advice for your fellow equipment managers?

When I first came into this industry, I didn’t know all that much. Plus, I was all by myself; nearly everyone else in the company was out on job sites. I knew what a dozer was and what an excavator was, of course, but I knew I had a lot to learn. That’s why I attended my first ICUEE in 2013. Now the show has grown to include a lot more of what we utilize as a pipeline company. I’m looking forward to the show this year to see what else is new and different and would encourage others to attend as well.

I like to think outside the box. I look at equipment and technology, not just for what it is designed for, but what our company can use it for. For example, we’ve started using pole trailers for hauling pipe on the right-of-way. They are compact but can carry the weight. I think it’s important for equipment managers to really challenge themselves and think creatively.

My other piece of advice is that it’s important to build a long list of resources. That’s another reason I like ICUEE. I’ve been able to meet a lot of people from a lot of companies, some of which I was never even aware of. When I first became an equipment manager eight years ago, I only had a couple of mat companies I dealt with. Now I have six or eight. The more people you know and the more options you have, the better you can be as an equipment manager.

You can see the latest equipment and technology for the utility and construction industries at, Oct. 1-3, 2019 in Louisville, KY. Registration is now open.

About ICUEE:

The biennial ICUEE, International Construction, and Utility Equipment Exposition are known as The Demo Expo for its equipment test drives and interactive product demonstrations.

It is the leading event for utilities and utility and construction contractors seeking comprehensive insights into the latest industry technologies, innovations, and trends focused on electric transmission and distribution, telecom, cable, natural gas, water and wastewater, and vegetation management.

ICUEE owner and producer is Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the North American-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers – www,aem.org.

DEWALT Expands Demo Tool Offerings With 10 New Products to Offer Wide Variety of Pry Bars and Short Handle Sledge Hammers

DEWALT increases its offering of demolition tools, including six new Short Handle Sledge Hammers and four new Pry Bars, coming soon.

The new Short Handle Sledge Hammers from DEWALT offer a concentrated strike face for precise striking power, overstrike protection to help prevent handle breakage, a durable handle created with lightweight fiberglass, a forged steel head, and rubberized grips help provide comfort and control. Each of these elements makes the new Short Handle Sledge Hammers from DEWALT strong and durable, key considerations for users investing in demolition tools.

 

 

   Precision Pry Bars and Flat Bars make up the new Pry Bar offerings from DEWALT. Features of the new Precision Pry Bars include precision-sharpened claws that expose the head of a flush nail so it can be pulled with minimal damage to the wood, an I-Beam Steel Shaft that provides strength without added weight, and an extra-wide strike surface that helps the user get under a nail or behind material for easy prying. The new Flat Pry Bars are made with strong and durable spring steel. A pointed, beveled end allows for penetration and nail pulling, an extra-wide prying end adds leverage, and finally, multiple nail-pulling slots offer multiple options for nail removal.

The full list of new Short Handle Sledge Hammers and Pry Bars is below. Available where DEWALT products are sold, DEWALT Short Handle Sledge Hammers and Pry Bars will come with a lifetime limited warranty.

 

SKU SLEDGES MSRP
DWHT56141 2lb. Fiberglass Drilling Sledge Hammer $14.50
DWHT56142 3lb. Fiberglass Drilling Sledge Hammer $14.99
DWHT56143 2.5lb. Fiberglass Engineering Sledge Hammer $15.99
DWHT56146 2.5lb. Fiberglass Blacksmith Sledge Hammer $16.99
DWHT56147 4lb. Fiberglass Blacksmith Sledge Hammer $18.99
DWHT56148 4lb. Fiberglass Engineering Sledge Hammer $20.99
SKU PRY BARS MSRP
DWHT55164 9” Precision Claw Bar $10.99
DWHT55166 12” Precision Claw Bar $17.99
DWHT55168 18” Precision Claw Bar $22.99
DWHT55160 15” Spring Steel Flat Bar $16.99

 

Doosan Infracore North America Introduces Three New Models to Expand its Mini Excavator Product Lineup

Doosan Infracore North America, LLC, is bolstering its mini excavator lineup with the addition of three new models in the 3.5-, 4- and 5-ton classes: the Doosan®DX35-5, DX42-5 and DX50-5.

Doosan now offers its U.S. and Canadian customers a wider range of excavators – from 3.5 to 50 tons. The updated Doosan mini excavator line now includes the popular 3.5-, 4- and 5-ton size classes, complementing the existing DX63-3 and DX85R-3 models.

“Doosan customers expect high-performing, productive and reliable machines when they see the Doosan orange,” says Aaron Kleingartner, marketing manager for Doosan Infracore North America. “Now our customers who need a 3.5-, 4- or 5-ton mini excavator can purchase, lease or rent a machine from their local Doosan construction equipment dealer.”

The expanded mini excavator line allows Doosan dealers to provide a wider range of products to their customers. “We hope with the additional models, our Doosan dealers will have the ability to grow their businesses and be even more successful in their local markets,” Kleingartner says. “Also, it’s important to note that these three models will be manufactured in the United States for fast delivery to our U.S. and Canadian dealers and customers.”

Comfort features

Doosan DX35-5, DX42-5, and DX50-5 mini excavators will each be available with an enclosed cab, including heat and air conditioning, or an open canopy configuration. Both configurations allow for excellent all-around visibility, especially to the excavator’s attachment.

A standard suspension seat provides all-day comfort for operators, while a strategically positioned deluxe instrument panel provides valuable machine information for operators. A standard keyless start system helps to reduce unauthorized machine use and theft.

Customers can choose between a standard arm or a long-arm option. The long-arm option gives operators more dig depth and reach and reduces the amount of machine repositioning for enhanced productivity. A blade comes standard with all three new models, and an angle blade is available as a factory option. An angle blade makes it easier for mini excavator operators to perform backfill tasks more efficiently, as well as create slopes and swales.

 Attachment offering

All three new Doosan mini excavators can be equipped with a quick coupler, bucket and thumb attachment package. Quick couplers allow mini excavator operators to easily change attachments to match the trenching task to the desired bucket width, minimizing over-digging. A thumb is a popular attachment to use with a bucket to effectively grab, lift and place items, such as debris in site preparation or hardscape materials for a landscaping project.

Operators have access to 17 to 20 gallons per minute of auxiliary hydraulic flow, depending on the model, to provide power to other attachments, such as augers, breakers and plate compactors.

 DX35-5

The new Tier 4-compliant DX35-5 is now the smallest Doosan mini excavator available. This 3-ton class excavator is designed with zero tail swing, which makes it an ideal machine for operating on congested job sites and working next to other objects. A dual flange track roller system gives the machine greater over-the-side digging capacity, exceptional slewing and a smooth, comfortable ride. A roomy cab adds to operator comfort and tall, wide windows provide the operator with excellent visibility for enhanced productivity and safety.

 

 

 

 DX42-5

The conventional tail swing, Tier 4-compliant DX42-5 has strong bucket breakout force, dig depth and reach in a highly maneuverable excavator in the 4- to 5-ton class. Its relatively narrow width for a machine in its class provides operators greater ability to navigate through doorways, gates and other obstacles.

 

 

 

 

DX50-5

The 4- to 5-ton size class, Tier 4-compliant DX50-5 enables customers to operate in tight spaces with superior digging performance. It is a minimal tail swing excavator with less than one inch of tail overhang.

 Authorized Doosan dealers are currently accepting customer orders for these new models, and machines are expected to arrive at dealerships in mid-July 2019.

 

 

 

DX35-5 Mini Excavator

Horsepower: 33.5 hp Tier 4-compliant diesel

Operating weight: 7,909 lb.

Bucket breakout force: 6,968 lbf.

Maximum dig depth (with standard arm): 10 ft. 3 in.

Width:69 in.

Tail swing overhang:0 in.

DX42-5 Mini Excavator

Horsepower: 42.7 hp Tier 4-compliant diesel

Operating weight: 9,246 lb.

Bucket breakout force: 9,183 lbf.

Maximum dig depth (with standard arm): 10 ft. 6 in.

Width:69 in.

Tail swing overhang: 17 in.

DX50-5 Mini Excavator

Horsepower: 49.8 hp Tier 4-compliant diesel

Operating weight: 10,677 lb.

Bucket breakout force: 8,977 lbf.

Maximum dig depth (with standard arm): 11 ft. 7 in.

Width:77.2 in.

Tail swing overhang: 0.6-in.

CAT® 299D2 XHP LAND MANAGEMENT COMPACT TRACK LOADER PURPOSE-BUILT TO HANDLE DIFFICULT LAND-CLEARING APPLICATIONS

The Cat® 299D2 XHP Land Management Compact Track Loader is a superior, purpose-built machine solution for customers involved in demanding vegetation-management applications, ranging from mulching, brush-cutting, vegetation control, and mowing. This segment-focused machine delivers the advantages of efficiency and economy in specific applications, including site preparation, utility right-of-way clearing, vegetation management for fire prevention, railroad maintenance-of-way, agriculture, and forestry.

The 299D2 XHP Land Management machine’s powerful Cat C3.8 engine, rated at 110 gross horsepower (82 kW), combines with its high-flow/high-pressure auxiliary hydraulic system—40 gpm @ 4,061 psi (150 L/min @ 28 000 kPa) for a calculated hydraulic-horsepower rating of 94 (70 kW)—to ensure optimum performance when powering high-production, hydro-mechanical attachments, such as mulching heads and industrial brush-cutters.

Design details

To provide longer intervals of uninterrupted work, the 299D2 XHP Land Management Compact Track Loader has a 58.1-gallon (220 L) fuel tank, which is 80 percent larger than the tank on standard 299D2 XHP models and sized to provide an estimated run time of 11 to 12 hours.

This machine is also factory-equipped with seal and cover components designed to restrict debris and other material from entering the engine compartment and lower frame. A debris deflector channels any material created by rotating attachments away from the front of the cab for added safety.

In addition, certain engine and emissions components incorporate special parts and covers, designed to deter debris from collecting on the components, and large frame-access panels provide easy access to aid in routine cleaning. A turbine-type pre-cleaner ejects dust, dirt, and debris from engine-intake airflow before it reaches the filter, thus extending air-filter service life.

The 299D2 XHP Land Management model also comes factory-equipped with components that provide guarding to protect front and rear LED work lights, work-tool coupler area, work-tool electrical harness connections, and auxiliary-hydraulic quick-disconnect fittings from impact and debris that are often hazards in land-clearing applications.

Operator Station

The 299D2 XHP Land Management machine also features a one-piece, sealed, pressurized cab design to keep the operator’s environment clean and quiet. Operator comfort/convenience features include a premium, heated, air-suspension seat with independently adjustable armrest/joystick-control positions, integrated full-color display for machine operating information and performance adjustments, a rearview camera, and integrated Bluetooth radio with a microphone. A bracket in the cab accommodates a five-pound fire extinguisher bottle.

The 299D2 XHP Land Management model includes a full-color, 5-inch, LCD Advanced Display monitor that enables on-screen adjustment of implement response, hydrostatic-drive response, creep-control speed, ride-control-activation speed, language preference, and gauge layout. The electronic instrumentation includes fuel level, DEF (diesel exhaust fluid) level, hydraulic and engine-coolant temperatures, and tachometer.

For added operating safety and security, the rearview camera provides high-resolution images of difficult-to-see areas behind the machine, thus expanding the operator’s field of vision for enhanced job-site awareness. The Advanced Display also provides a coded theft-deterrent system.

Additional Features

The cooling system’s hydraulically driven demand fan operates only when required, saving fuel and reducing sound levels. The reversing fan clears intake screens and can operate in both automatic- and momentary-purge modes. A battery disconnect adds to machine security and allows isolating the battery when servicing the machine or when storing the machine to minimize battery drain.

The 299D2 XHP Land Management Compact Track Loader uses a torsion-axle-type undercarriage-suspension system that allows independent vertical movement between the frame and undercarriage. The system distributes loads and absorbs shock and vibration that can occur when operating in uneven underfoot conditions, thus isolating the frame and providing a smoother ride for operators and protecting the machine from unnecessary stress. Standard two-speed travel and an electronic hand/foot throttle system (with decelerator pedal) further increase operator control, especially when using hydro-mechanical attachments.

The 299D2 XHP Land Management machine provides ground-level access to all daily and routine service points, including engine air cleaner, fuel filter/water separator, engine oil check, engine oil fill, hydraulic oil fill, and hydraulic filter.

 

299D2 XHP LAND MANAGEMENT SPECIFICATIONS

Operating weight, approximate 12,752 lb. (5 784 kg)
Tipping load 12,429 lb. (5 638 kg)
Rated operating capacity: 35% of tipping 4,350 lb. (1 973 kg)
Rated operating capacity: 50% of tipping 6,214 lb. (2 819 kg)
Ground pressure 5.9 psi (40.5 kPa)
Travel speed, max. 8.3 mph (13.3 km/h)