Komatsu America Corp. Launches Third Generation Powerful, Hybrid Hydraulic Excavator

Heavy equipment manufacturer Komatsu America Corp., after years of investment in research and development, has launched the latest hybrid hydraulic excavator (the HB215LC-2) and it meets their continual goal of reliability, quality, and environmental stewardship. And – of course – it will dig and excavate with the best of ‘em. HB215LC-1

Komatsu was the first to offer a hybrid excavator and the company continues to be a leader in the technology and global sales. The company has sold more than 2,500 models since they introduced the hybrid in 2008. Komatsu America Corp. is a U.S. subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd., the world’s second largest manufacturer and supplier of construction, mining and compact construction equipment. Komatsu America also serves forklift and forestry markets.

The new HB215LC-2 offers seamless operation that equals greater productivity plus convenient maintenance and serviceability which allows for much less down time. Komatsu researchers also didn’t compromise operator comfort, and overall the excavator is saturated with cutting-edge technology.

Komatsu researchers continued to strengthen the company’s innovation leadership in the heavy equipment and construction equipment industry with the release of the HB215LC-2 hybrid. The updated model features enhanced hybrid components, a new efficient Komatsu EPA Tier 4 Interim engine and powerful lift capacity and stability. Further refinement of Komatsu hybrid technology has improved the fuel efficiency of the HB215LC-2 while still delivering fast and powerful swing performance for the operator. The HB215LC-2 has an increased operating weight of 49,383 lbs. and a bucket capacity of 1.57 yd³.

The HB215LC-2 is also equipped with the full featured KOMTRAX® remote monitoring technology. Data such as fuel levels, operating hours, location, cautions and maintenance alerts are relayed to the web application for analysis. A new Auto Idle Shutdown function helps reduce idle time as well as operating costs.

With so much advanced technology offered in all facets of heavy equipment, training has never been more important. When your company makes a major investment in equipment it should also invest in user training to maximize the technology available. Over time, the training will more than pay for itself with increased productivity, higher quality work, and much more refined utilization of resources.


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