Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe B.V. (KCME) has announced the arrival of its smallest excavator. The SK08, which has an operating weight of just 1,035kg, is a super-compact mini excavator that is ideal for working in confined areas such as on residential job sites where space is restricted, or assisting larger machines with the demolition of buildings from the inside.

Mini excavators are key to Kobelco’s overall product line-up and the manufacturer is committed to
continually developing the range to ensure that the smaller machines are as productive as possible. While the SK08 has been designed with a small working footprint, the machine still benefits from the same high performance and quality characteristics the Japanese manufacturer has become renowned for.

The SK08 is ideal for working inside buildings as its slim upper structure allows the machine to pass through doorways and enter narrow passages of just 700mm wide (with 730mm-wide protecting structure removed). In addition, the SK08 is equipped with a crawler extension/retraction mechanism as standard and the crawlers can be further retracted to just 680mm to avoid obstacles underneath the machine.

The SK08 has a tail swing radius of 725mm and a maximum tail overhang of 305mm. The machine’s boom swing, which provides a digging width of up to 310mm outside the left crawler (crawler retracted) when the boom is swung 85 degrees to the right, also enables the smooth digging of side ditches close to walls. The SK08’s 7.7kW high output engine delivers 10.0kN of digging force and its generous working range includes 2,830mm digging reach and 1,460mm digging depth.

The SK08’s reinforced structure is designed to withstand tough working conditions, such as on demolition job sites, and excellent lateral stability is assured due to outer flange-type lower rollers. The position of the bucket cylinder hose inside the arm and hose protection cover on the back of the boom, as well as boom and dozer cylinder protection covers, also help to prevent damage to the hydraulic cylinders and piping.

“The new SK08 is Kobelco’s smallest mini excavator and its arrival opens up a whole new market for us,” says KCME Product Marketing Manager, Peter Stuijt. “Europe’s infrastructure is developing rapidly and as a consequence, the demand for small yet high performance excavators has also increased over the past 12 months. This machine is therefore ideally placed for Europe’s busy construction sector, including residential areas where there are space restrictions.”