First Kobelco SK1300DLC excavators arrive in Europe
Ultra-high reach demolition machine in demand and put straight to work across continent
WITH an operating weight of 130 tonnes and a high reach of up to 40m, the SK1300DLC is currently the world’s largest OEM manufactured building demolition machine, according to Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe BV (KCME).
Its introduction to the European market in March 2022 was met with high expectations due to its superior productivity, versatility, easy transportation, and the ability to use more powerful crushers at new heights.
Following a series of exclusive customer events held near KCME’s head office in Almere, in the Netherland, three of the new SK1300DLC models have recently been sold and are now set to work on demolition jobsites across Europe.
Kobelco have long enjoyed a reputation as a market leader for demolition equipment in Japan. As an earthquake epicentre, buildings in Japan are often reinforced with concrete or steel to help ensure they are strong enough to resist seismic activity and provide adequate protection in the event of a natural disaster.
However, when older buildings are no longer fit for purpose and redevelopment is required, machinery needs to be strong and powerful enough to demolish these structures safely and efficiently.
Over the last several years, there has been an increasing demand for this size of building demolition machine specially for the demolition of industrial facilities, power plants, oil rigs and other infrastructure-related projects and the regeneration of urban areas.
The ultra-high-reach SK1300DLC-10E – which joins the smaller SK350DLC-10E, SK400DLC-10E and SK550DLC-11 in Kobelco’s impressive demolition line-up – combines all the benefits of a conventional Kobelco excavator, but with the added benefits of strength, durability, and technology to tackle some of the toughest demolition conditions.
‘Kobelco has amassed significant experience with this class of building demolition machines in the Japanese market, so the SK1300DLC is a machine with an excellent pedigree,’ said Peter Stuijt, product marketing manager at KCME.
‘Introduced in Japan in 2021, the SK1300DLC’s reputation as a workhorse in the toughest and most challenging demolition conditions is now second to none. Due to the increased demand for heavy demolition equipment in Europe, the arrival of the machine earlier this year had been highly anticipated.
‘The SK1300DLC is ideal for demolition projects that require a high reach of over 30m, but its Next Advance system also makes it ideal for demolition work at ground level or sub-ground level, too. We see that this versatility, and the fact that it is quick and easy to disassemble and transport, is of great benefit to demolition contractors working on multiple jobsites.’