Medium & Large Excavators: Equipment Spotlight

November 2011, Vol. 66 No. 11
John Deere's 350G LC.

Excavators in medium and large sizes from John Deere, Kobelco, Volvo Construction Equipment, Hitachi, Case, Doosan, Komatsu America and Caterpillar.

John Deere
Six excavators with Tier 4-Interim engines make up John Deere’s new G-Series line. Models include: 250G LC, 290G LC and 350G LC (188 to 271 hp) and the larger 470G LC, 670G LC and 870G LC (463 to 532 hp) with Deere’s exclusive Powerwise III engine management system. Responding to customer needs, the new G-Series features more hydraulic flow for faster works cycles and greater productivity, and a comfortable and spacious cab for improved operator comfort. In addition, the G-Series has multiple attachment options for today’s jobsite. 800.503.3373, deere.com

Kobelco
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The new Kobelco Mark 9 excavators – the SK260-9, SK295-9 and SK350-9 – deliver exceptional fuel efficiency and productivity, in addition to featuring an upgrade to Kobelco’s intelligent hydraulics and a new Economy power mode. The machines launch the industry’s first selective catalytic reduction emission solution for excavators. The excavators also feature a new ROPS/FOPS cab for a more comfortable work environment. The operating weights for the Kobelco Mark 9 excavators range from 59,524 to 80,909 pounds and dig depths range from 23 feet to 24 feet 10 inches. These three new models deliver 181, 197 and 269 hp, respectively. The new Economy work mode takes Kobelco’s patented ITCS to a new level, maintaining productivity while increasing fuel efficiency by an average of 10 percent over previous models. A new control monitor provides key operating data, including a new function which graphs fuel consumption per hour, and a rear camera view. 630.260.4000, kobelcoamerica.com