With the arrival of their latest range of Dash 11 excavators into Ireland, Komatsu is delivering what they claim is ‘a product offering that combines the three-fold benefits of productivity, dependability and efficiency’.
Ranging from the 14-tonne PC138US-11 up to the 50-tonne PC490LC-11, the Dash 11 line-up comprises models to suit most requirements from small construction applications to large-scale quarrying and other heavy-duty applications.
Here in Ireland, the units most in demand will be the 23-tonne PC210 and the 36-tonne PC360.
Welcoming the arrival of the new range, Komatsu distributor in Ireland, Michael McHale, MD of McHale Plant Sales, said: “The introduction of Dash 11 models reflects the investment being made by Komatsu in the field of innovation and demonstrates further the brand’s ‘pre-eminence in technology’ that benefits customers in matters of economy, productivity and machine performance monitoring”.
Introduced in 1996 with the first Komatsu Tier 1 engine, these latest models come with a EU Stage IV engine – an even more environmentally pleasing power source than those of the Dash 10 series they replace.
For users, this enhancement comes with the promise of significantly improved fuel efficiency, its other attributes including an upgraded cab design, enhanced serviceability and the promise of maximised productivity and reduced operating costs.
Built to ensure product reliability and durability in demanding conditions, the entire system on the new excavators – including control software critical to the effective operation of the after-treatment system – is integrated into the machines’ on-board diagnostics and telematics set up.
Inside the ROPS-certified cab – with its reinforced box structure framework mounted on viscous isolation dampers for low vibration levels – a comfortable and quiet work environment exists.
Standard are proportional control joysticks for the precise operation of attachments.
A standard air-suspended, high back seat has newly-designed and fully adjustable armrests for improved comfort. Other features include a radio, 12-volt power ports and external devices to play music through the cab speakers.
In a bid to reduce costly downtime, a number of new design features have been added. These include guardrails fitted on both sides of the upper structure for easier service accessibility. A hydraulically driven fan can be manually reversed to simplify cleaning of the cooling assembly. Radiator and hydraulic oil coolers are mounted side-by-side making it easier to maintain and service when required.
Fitted with latest Komtrax remote monitoring, with data accessible via web or smart phone, Dash 11 owners can log and control information on fuel and AdBlue levels and monitor operating hours, location, cautions and maintenance alerts, KDPF regeneration and fuel theft alerts.