Following increasing demand for mid-sized excavators in the UK, Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe B.V. (KCME) have announced the launch of the all-new SK75SR-7 and SK85MSR-7 excavators that will be available from the Molson Group throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
With the first stock machines just arriving, in this article we take a closer look at the latest developments that really sets this machine apart.
These next-generation midi machines offer superior performance, greater efficiency and productivity with increased power and speed over the previous models, as well as one of the most sophisticated operator cabins in their class.
Several years of research and development, including valuable feedback from the European market on the previous -3 models, has led to a number of significant improvements in the new -7 models.
For example, the distance between the upper structure and undercarriage has increased by 20 mm in order to reduce damage by rocks, and the machines’ blade geometry has been improved, making it easier for operation in mountainous areas.
Other key improvements to the machines’ all-round performance include a 15% reduction in digging cycle time and 37% increase in arm digging speed for improved productivity, and a 23% increase in engine output. In addition, the machine’s bucket digging force has been increased by over 14% from 52.7 to 60.3 kN for superior power when working in areas of hard ground.
With their short radius designs, the SK75SR-7 is also ideal for working on jobsites where space is limited, such as in residential areas. The inclusion of Kobelco's innovative iNDr (Integrated Noise and Dust Reduction Cooling System), a superior method of noise suppression that promotes low noise, exceptional engine cooling, enhanced reliability and minimal machine downtime, reinforces the machines’ urban working credentials.
When it comes to fuel efficiency, the -7's feature three working modes that can be used to balance work volume with optimum fuel consumption. H-mode is used for heavy working, S-mode normal working and Eco-mode for prioritizing fuel efficiency over work volume.
Fuel consumption can be monitored and work modes can be changed via the 10-inch, color multi-display in the cabin, which is also the largest in class. Reinforcing Kobelco's commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, the SK75SR-7 & 85MSR-7 also complies with Stage V of the EU emissions standards, which are set to come into force in 2019.
Particular care and attention has been given to the new larger size cabin in order to promote increased operator comfort and safety. A Kobelco-branded Grammer heated air suspension seat is installed as standard for excellent shock absorption and superior operator comfort, and the armrests and joystick moves with the seat for optimum working position. The levers can also be moved horizontally in order to reduce operator fatigue.
The ROPS and FOPS II-compliant cabin provides increased operator safety while the LED-spec work lights and rear/side cameras offer excellent visibility on site. In addition, all maintenance related items are concentrated at the right hand side of the machine for easy access and the FOPS II guard can be opened for window maintenance.
Commenting on the introduction of the new models, KCME Product Manager, Peter Stuijt, says, “There is an increasing market for midi machines (less than 10 tonnes). With this in mind, we have spent a number of years developing our -7 machines in order to meet market demand as well as exceed the expectations of our European customers."
“As well as offering superior performance, greater efficiency and productivity with increased power and speed over the previous models, we expect the SK75SR-7 to be particularly appealing to the operators, who will appreciate the higher level of cabin comfort and improved safety features.”
The Kobelco SK55SRX-6 is a 5 tonne excavator with excellent capabilities and high power, all whilst maintaining compact dimensions.
As well as key features such as: Double acting hammer circuit, check valves and being pre-piped for hydraulic quick hitches, the following make this model a popular choice for hire fleets and owner operators alike.
The iNDr (Integrated Noise & Dust Reduction Cooling System) on the SK55SRX-6 features air intake at the front of the machine and an exhaust system underneath. This combined with the highly airtight engine compartment and offset duct contribute to an overall noise reduction.
Because the iNDr filter removes dust from the air intake, cooling components stay dirt free and do not require regular cleaning. The filter itself is very easy to removed and cleaned without the need for tools.
As mentioned this machine packs a serious punch for an excavator in this class. An arm length just shy of 2 metres gives excellent dig depths, dump height and reaching capabilities. Yet the overall machine height, width and undercarriage length remains lower than it's nearest competitors. As with all Kobelco excavators stability remains extremely high in the SK55.
Large, Comfortable Cab
The newly designed, rectangular cab is over 820 mm wide, with optimised control layout for comfortable, easy operation. A greater window area further improves visibility. A clear view is provided at the rear, and there’s also more floor space, with a fabric, suspension seat that slides further to ensure plenty of leg room. A radio and air conditioning are also fitted as standard.
Strength is added to the SK55SRX-6 by the use of high quality components. The boom, arm and swing bracket all have large cross-section segments for added attachment strength. Whilst hosing is all sensibly routed inside the swing bracket for example.
All of our Kobelco excavators have the build quality and finish you would expect from a highly regarded Japanese manufacturer.
Integrated-Flow Pump System
The instant the machine begins to dig, extra output from the third pump (which otherwise powers the swing and dozer circuit) is directed to the arm circuit and boom circuit for added power. This ensures fast and smooth arm and boom raising operation even under heavy loads.
This model is fitted with a deceleration switch to turn to an idling state when the machine is at rest. It is also fitted with Kobelco's 'S-Mode' which enables 23% less fuel consumption compared to other models.
A large and powerful Yanmar engine provides 29.5 kW of power, which gives the machine the required force for outstanding hydraulic and digging performance. These engines are also very reliable and parts, such as filters are already on the shelves at Molson Compact.
We currently have Kobelco SK55SRX-6 models in stock at Molson Compact Equipment.
With finance deals available on this and all our excavators, contact us today for more details.
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Molson Group are pleased to announce they have been appointed the dealer of SMP tilt rotators for England, Scotland and Wales.
For over 30 years SMP have been producing a high-quality range of attachments, buckets and tilt rotators from their state-of-the-art factory in Ilsbo, Sweden. SMP design and build a comprehensive range of tilt rotators to fit excavators ranging from 3t (the ST6) all the way up to 30t (the ST28). The range is comprised of seven models, all painted in a striking blue colour.
The full SMP range is now being rolled out across the Molson Equipment, Molson Compact Equipment and Molson Young Plant Sales businesses, with units available from the 1st June 2019.
By offering the full SMP range, in conjunction with existing brands in the portfolio such as Kobelco and Hyundai, Molson Group will be able to offer customers throughout the UK a one stop shop for anyone looking to source an excavator and tilt rotator package from an established dealer.
Molson Group have sold a number of tilt rotators from a range of brands over recent years, and will continue to maintain a strong relationship with these businesses. Molson will also continue to support customers with warranty work, parts and servicing requirements on legacy units.
Jonathan Wilson, Molson Group joint Managing Director said “SMP have a great approach to business. They listened to what we explained was necessary for their product to be successful in the UK and are working with us to deliver the best possible solution. I can see that this approach, along with their excellent product design and build quality, will give us a unique offer to both existing and new customers”.
Hans Hanses, SMP Parts AB Managing Director said “Molson Group offer a unique route to market for SMP. Not only do they have a large, effective sales team, they also have the knowledge, skills and scale in their aftersales team to support customers to the level required to change the current landscape of the UK tilt rotator market”.
Hans went on to say “Molson Group have already had success in converting customers to adopting tilt rotator technology. This ability to educate customers to the benefits of adopting this technology, along with the ability to offer a complete package to customers using a premium quality base machine, will make it a compelling proposition”.
Once again we will be exhibiting at the Executive Hire Show this year. Taking place next week (Weds 6th & Thurs 7th February) at Coventry's Ricoh Arena.
This year, more than ever we are excited for this show with our new line of compact Kobelco excavators, as well as popular hire models from Ammann and Cormidi.
Excavator's on show will include: the SK28SR-6 (2,950 kg) complete with a Daemo B30 breaker, SK17SR-3 (1,655 kg) a cabbed machine with expanding tracks and the SK10SR-2 (1,065 kg) a 1 tonne micro with servo controls.
Two models of Cormidi tracked dumpers will be on our stand. Both will travel through a standard doorway and have a hi-tip function.
Joining the ARX12, an 80 cm wide roller with clear sided drum view will be the ARR1575 trench roller and a selection of vibratory compaction plates and a cabling rammer.
Below is a teaser of some of the machines you will see. We look forward to seeing you at the show, on Stand C40.
The second part of our annual review concentrates on July - December which included the small matters of a re-brand and new excavator line!
Thank you from everyone at Molson Compact Equipment for your support during 2018. Let's hope 2019 brings more success for everyone.
Hands up who spotted the Dieci telehandlers working at European race tracks over the summer? Twelve Zeus 37.7s and Dedalus 30.7s were on hand not only to help with race week setups but also to clear up after any unfortunate accidents. We watched an early collision in one race, in the space of a few minutes, the Zeus 37.7 machine positioned in the escape route, at the exit of the corner, hitched up and carried off the two cars, while marshals removed dangerous fragments from the track.
Plant Hire firm, Plantforce, added a number of Dieci Apollo 25.6R telehandlers into their growing fleet. The Apollo 25.6R a model specifically spec’d for hire work and suiting the requirements of Plantforce. Further options were added to these machines to make them ready for hire. This included; green flashing beacons, radio systems and reverse camera kits. All of which was fitted by our engineers.
We supported the Molson Group stand at the APF forestry show by having a Bergmann 4010 tracked dumper on the demo plot. This 10 tonne, tracked dumper with a rotating skip and fully turning operators platform is perfect for use on large outdoor jobs such as forestry work. Features such as: low ground pressure, powerful engine and a large comfortable cab, make it it particularly suited to this work.
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In line with the current evolution of the Molson Group, we re-branded as Molson Compact Equipment LTD in October this year. This meant our site just outside of Stratford-upon-Avon, became the Molson Group ‘Centre of Excellence’ for all compact plant equipment.
Molson Compact Equipment Managing Director, Robert Brown said of the changes “Being the centre of excellence will involve us being responsible for the processing of Sales, Parts, Servicing, Storage and PDI for the Molson Group compact ranges. Whilst still offering ongoing Yanmar parts and service support”
A big part of the re-brand is the addition of Kobelco mini excavators to the Molson Compact offering. These excavator models, from 1-10 tonne, perfectly complement the existing lines of Ammann, Dieci, Bergmann and Cormidi plant machinery. Models including the 1 tonne, SK10SR-2, 2.8 tonne SK28SR-6, 7 tonne SK75SR-3 and 8 tonne SK85MSR-3 all started going through our workshop in Novemeber.
A group of Molson Compact staff, as well as current and prospective customers took a trip to the Bergmann factory in Meppen, Germany. It was great to see how these high quality dumpers are put together and the build quality along each step of production. Also on site was the car part manufacturing area, where Bergmann produce manifolds for Porsche and Ferrari.
Molson Compact Equipment will be showcasing a selection of machines from their extensive range at LAMMA 2019. The models being exhibited all have an operational cross over between the construction and agricultural sectors.
Joining a hi-tip, Cormidi tracked barrow and the impressive TrommALL 2500 deck screen, will be three excavator models from Kobelco. Molson Group are the UK importer of these Japanese built excavators, with a reputation for reliability, smoothness of operation and low fuel consumption.
The 8 tonne, SK85 MSR-2PB is renowned as one of the best excavators in its weight class. The innovative two piece boom makes it a very versatile digger, with exceptional dig depth, reach and lifting capabilities for a machine this size. Other features that make the SK85 such a popular choice include; a large comfortable cab, a revolutionary noise and dust reduction filter, eco-mode to further improve fuel efficiency, a powerful 42kW engine, plus rear and side camera for increased all around visibility and safety.
On show from the smaller, but no less popular, end of the Kobelco range will be the SK28SR-6 (2,950 kg) and the SK10SR-2 (1,065 kg).
The SK28 offers practical performance whilst maintaining a short tail swing. Making this compact, yet powerful mini well suited to all manner of groundworks, even in confined spaces. The SK10 has an expanding undercarriage from 750-980 mm, aiding stability and digging capabilities of this micro excavator.
Molson Group looks forward to welcoming you to Stand 9.316 at LAMMA 2019.
The Kobelco SK17SR-3 is a compact, yet tough mini excavator.
Available as a canopy (1,555 kg) or cab (1,655 kg) version, these machines are commonly found working on sites where space is restricted, such as residential, landscaping and industrial works.
Users have told us that they chose the SK17SR-3 as they needed big power from a machine that remained: stable, easily transportable, with excellent maneuverability and was very reliable.
On both the cabbed and canopy versions the tracks expand from 990 - 1,320 mm, aiding stability when working but also allowing for easier sit access and transportation when tracks are fully in.
Further features making this model popular include:
For further specs and details on these machines, including the Product Brochure, please follow THIS LINK
We currently have both Cab and Canopy models in stock here.
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The below is taken from a recent article on Molson Compact Equipment, available in the latest issue of Construction Plant News
Molson Compact Equipment might be a new name in the mini excavator sector, but there’s a very experienced team behind it.
A change of name, a change of colour – but the same expertise in compact plant, the Warkwickshire-based firm is now looking forward to a new association with a Japanese construction plant maker. This Midlands base will become the Molson Group ‘Centre of Excellence’ for all compact plant equipment. With the heavy line Kobelco series remaining at the Molson Group HQ in Avonmouth.
“Kobelco already has a very good reputation on some of its larger kit, with the likes of Plantforce heavily investing in them for their fleet, for example, and we’re looking to build that brand recognition for the smaller excavators,” explains Mike Brown.
Kobelco machines already have a reputation for being quite highly spec’d, with air con and a radio available in the cab as standard from 3-tonne SK28 and above, for instance, and that’s complemented by a genuine appreciation of a smooth and quiet operation.
In addition, Molson Compact Equipment can now boast a number of solutions that were not previously part of its portfolio, including a 1.7 tonne machine with an expanding and retractable track that can be specified with either a cab or canopy, whilst the SK10, 1 tonne machines benefits from servo control.
As well as that, the iNDr system on the Kobelco minis is a welcome feature for mini operators. This noise and dust reduction system features a filter fitted in front of the cooling system, removing minute dust particles from the intake air. It’s easy to remove from cleaning and, for anyone in the business of working in dusty environments, will be a potential game-changer.
Similarly, the man, or woman, in the driving seat, of the SK85 will welcome the additional space of a cab which is the equivalent in size to the same manufacturer’s 14 tonne unit. A side and rear camera system is fitted as standard, whilst the machine’s in-built Komex telematics system provides invaluable data on hours worked, fuel usage, and location, all in real time, and a particularly useful function for hirers.
Indeed, the majority of maintenance and regular service tasks can be achieved at ground level, whilst Kobelco machines from 4 tonne upwards, are also pre-piped for hydraulic quick hitches, which saves huge amounts of time in the workshop.
“We very excited about taking on the Kobelco brand and building it in the UK,” concludes Mike. “The whole team here, from the workshop to parts and sales, are very experienced already, and with the mini excavator sector seeing expansion there is a real opportunity with these machines.”
For more details on these excavators please visit our Kobelco Webpage: molsoncompact.co.uk/kobelco
Please contact our office for any further details including pricing and availability:
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We have made a strong start with our Kobelco excavators, new machines are going through the workshop and out for delivery daily. From the smallest SK08 up to our largest SK85 have all been sold in the past couple of weeks.
You can view all of our Kobelco range, including brochures and specs here:
Here is some more detail on each of the models we can offer, all of them are currently in stock so Contact Us for further details and pricing options.
Mass Weight: 8,500 kg
Machine Width: 2,300 mm
Max Dig Depth: 4,460 mm
Engine: Isuzu - 42 kW
(Available with 2-piece Boom option)
We are selling our collection of Yanmar scale excavator models.
Including DieCast 1:32 scale and a rare wooden version, all with full working parts.
Below you will find further information, plus the links to buy these from our EBay page.