Mini-Ex­ca­va­tors with Max­i­mum Fea­tures

Bell Equip­ment

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Bell Equip­ment has broad­ened its part­ner­ship with Ja­panese ex­ca­va­tor spe­cial­ist, Ko­belco Con­struc­tion Ma­chin­ery Co. Ltd (Ko­belco), with the in­tro­duc­tion of three com­pact mini-ex­ca­va­tor mod­els to com­ple­ment the six stan­dard ma­chines that were launched in June 2017.

The range in­cludes a 5.5t (SK55SRX), a 7.5t (SK75SR) and a 13.5t (SK135SR) ma­chine, all of which fea­ture a short rear swing which re­duces the turn­ing ra­dius for su­pe­rior ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity in lim­ited spa­ces, mak­ing them ide­ally suited to the com­pact con­struc­tion and forestry.

Bell Equip­ment’s Prod­uct Mar­ket­ing Man­ager, Stephen McNeill, says: “With Ko­belco lead­ing the in­dus­try in terms of short rear-swing ex­ca­va­tor in­no­va­tion, we are con­fi­dent that these ma­chines will gain strong mar­ket ac­cep­tance lo­cally, par­tic­u­larly since the 5.5t and 7.5t seg­ment is grow­ing in south­ern Africa, and the 7.5t and 13.5t ma­chines are well-matched for forestry ap­pli­ca­tions.”

He adds that the mini-ex­ca­va­tors all share the same ma­chine-ef­fi­cient tech­nol­ogy as their larger coun­ter­parts, en­abling them to meet Ko­belco’s de­sign in­tent for greater per­for­mance ca­pac­ity and im­proved cost-ef­fi­ciency, while tak­ing due care of the en­vi­ron­ment.

Tech­nol­ogy in­cludes Ko­belco’s pro­pri­etary In­te­grated Noise and Dust Re­duc­tion Cool­ing Sys­tem (iNDr), pro­vid­ing a qui­eter, cleaner en­gine and ease of main­te­nance, as well as the In­tel­li­gent Con­trol Sys­tem (ITCS). ITCS is an ad­vanced com­put­erised sys­tem that pro­vides com­pre­hen­sive con­trol of all ma­chine func­tions, en­abling a ma­chine to re­spond to sud­den changes in hy­draulic load, en­sur­ing that the en­gine runs as ef­fi­ciently as possible with min­i­mum wasted out­put.

The two dig­ging modes – H mode for heavy-duty and higher per­for­mance, and S mode for nor­mal op­er­a­tions with lower fuel con­sump­tion – pro­mote the phi­los­o­phy of more work with less fuel. To fur­ther save fuel, and re­duce emis­sions, the stan­dard Auto-Idling-Stop fea­ture (AIS) shuts down the en­gine au­to­mat­i­cally when the en­gine is on standby. The hour me­tre also stops to help re­tain the ma­chine’s as­set value.

“Our stan­dard Ko­belco mod­els have been ex­tremely well re­ceived by the mar­ket and are run­ning seam­lessly. They have been a pleas­ing suc­cess across all in­dus­tries thanks to their ef­fi­cient per­for­mance and pro­duc­tiv­ity, and we ex­pect our miniex­ca­va­tors to ex­pand on this achieve­ment and en­able us to fur­ther de­liver on our cus­tomers’ equip­ment re­quire­ments,” McNeill con­cludes.

Bell also dis­played the largest Ko­belco ex­ca­va­tor in its range, the SK850LC, which is an ideal load­ing tool for the larger Bell Ar­tic­u­lated Dump Trucks.

bauma CONEXPO AFRICA in March pro­vided Bell an op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce the Ko­belco range of mini-ex­ca­va­tors to cus­tomers in the min­ing and con­struc­tion in­dus­tries.

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