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Kobelco packs more torque into new -11 excavator

March 4, 2022  By Rock to Road staff

Kobelco excavatorKobelco's next generation SK210LC-11 excavator. (Image: Kobelco)

Kobelco’s new SK210LC-11 excavator delivers up to 18 per cent more torque compared to the manufacturer’s previous 20-ton model.

Since the development of the first ‘SK’ series 20-ton Kobelco excavator in 1983, the size class has grown in popularity due to its versatility in various general construction applications.

The next generation SK210LC-11 excavator is equipped with a Tier 4 Final Yanmar engine, which delivers 160 net hp and 577 foot-pounds of torque at 1,500 rpm.  The new Kobelco excavator also delivers 32,190 lbs. of bucket digging force, 52,740 foot-pounds of swing torque, and 51,300 lbs. of drawbar pulling force.

The new -11 machine also offers more standard features and overall added value than previous models.


Smooth and steady operation while moving heavy objects across the jobsite is assured through the Independent Travel function, which dedicates one hydraulic pump to travel and one to the attachment on a continuous basis. AS well, the machine’s 50,000 lbs. operating weight provides increased stability and superior lifting capacity.

The SK210LC-11 has three work modes: Eco, S, and H mode for balancing between high performance, economy and low fuel consumption.

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Heavy Lift and Power Boost — with unlimited time use — add the power needed to get through tough conditions, and the in-cab hydraulic pressure release function allows customers to change work tools or hoses easily and safely.

Kobelco’s new SK210LC-11 also provides improved durability – many major components have been redesigned for improved durability and performance. For example, the machine’s side panels have been made thicker to enhance body rigidity, while the increased diameter of the bucket cylinder pin contributes to enhanced durability for using various work tools.

For those needing Machine Guidance options, the SK210LC-11 comes with pre-installed mounting brackets for easier system installation without the need to weld and paint.  The brackets are designed to adapt to multiple brands of providers for both 2D and 3D systems.

Kobelco Performance by Design concept

As part of Kobelco’s Performance by Design concept, which is also incorporated into the SK75/85SR-7 and SK130LC-11, the SK210LC-11’s cabin, ergonomics and safety features are greatly enhanced.

Standard features include a seven-way adjustable heated air suspension seat that moves together with the armrests and hydraulic controls.  This uniquely designed cabin reduces operator fatigue, provides excellent shock absorption, and superior ride comfort. The operator’s pilot levers move horizontally without arching of the wrist, while also providing shorter lever strokes to deliver a swifter, more precise movement. Air conditioning and heater vents are directed towards the operator to maximize comfort.

The right-side jog dial integrates multiple functions into a single user interface with a large 10-inch colour monitor. The easy-to-operate menu screen facilitates reading of important information including work mode, maintenance intervals and fuel consumption, as well as providing a 270-degree view from the machine’s standard three camera system.

The hydraulic flow-rate modes of the bucket, breaker, nibbler and rotating grapple are also now fully adjustable by the operator through the monitor, and the mode settings for other attachments, such as a tilt rotator, can also be easily added or changed. In addition, all internal switches and dials in the cabin have LED backlighting to provide a bright, clear view in the dark.  To top it off the cabin is equipped with a FM/AM, aux, Bluetooth and hands-free telephone radio, smartphone holder, USB charger, and a 12V power outlet.

Easy maintenance is assured with a standard radiator clean-out screen that prevents larger material from plugging the radiators and can be easily removed for cleaning. A newly structured hydraulic oil filter prevents foreign matter from entering the oil tank during maintenance, and all filters are easy to access from ground level.

Heavy duty safety

For safety, a heavy-duty Level II overhead top guard is provided as standard and can be tilted open for easy window cleaning.  Additionally, rear swing flashers and rear work lights, a Kobelco USA exclusive, are integrated into the counterweight for added safety on busy jobsites. 7 LED lights (2 on boom, 2 on top front of the cab, one on right side body, and 2 facing rear on the counterweight) are also now standard to provide additional visibility in low light conditions.

Monitoring the SK210LC-11’s work status remotely has also never been easier with KOMEXS (Kobelco Monitoring Excavator System).  The machine’s operational information, such as hours, fuel consumption, and maintenance status, can be obtained remotely.  For added convenience and security, an engine start alarm, e-fence, and current/past location history are also included – ideal for operators of large fleets and multiple locations.

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