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Kobelco introduces next-generation ED160BR-7 Blade Runner

January 19, 2021  By Rock to Road

The enhanced KOBELCO ED160BR-7 Blade Runner.

Katy, Tex. – Kobelco introduced its enhanced ED160BR-7 Blade Runner excavator model in North America.

The next-generation ED160BR-7 is unique to Kobelco and is a combination of both a short radius excavator and a dozer, which enables customers to have two machines in one. This 105 hp, 37,000-pound model is equipped with more than just a backfill blade; a patented six-way large capacity dozer blade with folding edges makes the ED160BR-7 an easy-to-transport machine. Kobelco says the dozer blade boasts power, angle, tilt and lift capability, making the ED160BR-7 ideal for site preparation and slope grading jobs. The ED160BR-7 will include a four-year or 4,000-hour standard factory warranty with KOMEXS Telematics.

A patented six-way large capacity dozer blade with folding edges comes standard on the ED160BR-7.

This upgraded model features a dynamic digging force of 24,800 pounds to achieve leading-class work volume. A zero-tail swing radius and long digging reach capabilities provide a broad working range and easy manoeuvrability, while a top-of-class digging depth of 19-feet and impressive swing speed of 11 rpm shorten cycle times by 10 per cent.

The ED160BR-7 features a new 10-inch color monitor with a split-screen display function to customize operator viewing needs.

Equipped with a new Tier IV Final engine that increases power output by 10 per cent, the ED160BR-7 maintains its productivity and efficiency, even while working at high power levels, lifting heavy loads, or travelling on steep grades.


The KOBELCO ED160BR-7 is equipped with multifunction capabilities, including an attachment selection system with adjustable flow-rate presets for the bucket, breaker, nibbler and thumb. This attachment selection system allows the operator to change tools quickly and easily. Mode settings for other attachments, such as a tilt rotator, can be easily added or changed.

The jog dial and controls on the ED160BR-7 are backlit to provide a bright, clear view in any lighting condition.

When it comes to comfort, the ED160BR-7 offers intuitive operation and comprehensive safety. This Kobelco machine comes standard with an ergonomic lever and Grammer air ride suspension seat to reduce operating force and fatigue. The ED160BR-7 also features various cab features, including an optimized control layout with a new jog dial and 10-inch colour monitor. An unfastened seatbelt indicator, and built-in rear, left and right-side cameras with a customizable split-screen display function to enhance operator awareness and jobsite safety.

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