Monheim is a picturesque town on the Rhine, 25km south of Düsseldorf in Germany. What was once a 250,000m² refinery site has been under redevelopment since 2010 as a business park, attracting substantial blue-chip inward investment into the area.
Although only founded in 2016, Wezendonck Tiefbau GmbH from Oberhausen has already been making a name for itself in the local construction industry thankls to its work on the redevelopment of the Monheim business park, and in particular, in the earthworks.
Company owner Sebastian Wezendonck says that he relies on first class and reliable construction machinery for the project and Kobelco is one of his preferred brands. His equipment fleet includes a number of Kobelco excavators, including the compact SK55SRX-6 and SK85MSR-3.
Selling points of the SK85MSR-3 midi excavator are its low noise output, low fuel consumption, high performance, easy maintenance and easy operation. The iNDr technology (Integrated Noise and Dust Reduction) means that the inlet and outlet channels are offset to each other so that the cooling system effectively reduces the noise levels inside and outside the cabin. In addition, the dense 60-mesh filter prevents the air filter from clogging, reducing engine stress.
The 35.2 kN tear-out force and 52.7 kN freeing force, coupled with a maximum working range of 7220 mm in height and 3860 mm in depth, make it a machine to be reckoned with.
Kobelco’s 2-piece boom can be fitted to the SK85MSR to widen the operating range. For instance, when fitted to a Kobelco SK85MSR, the 2-piece boom allows the machine to dig down to 4590mm and achieve a digging reach of 8010mm, making itideal for applications such as groundworks, drainage and digging trenches for utilities, Wezendonck finds.
With an operating weight of just over 5 tonnes (5,160kg to be precise), the SK55SRX-6 has from a relatively small footprint that is only 1940mm wide but delivers 35.2 kN digging force and 24.6 kN tear-out force. Working range is 3900mm depth and 5930mm height. The integrated hydraulic circuitry from the three on-board hydraulic pumps reduces the overall engine/hydraulic workload without compromising performances. This machine also has Kobelco’s iNDr system, eliminating dust inside the engine compartment and reducing noise output.
Operator Vladimir Pesnjak says of the bigger machine: “Japanese excavators have a reputation for being unbeatably best in their class and the Kobelco SK85MSR-3 delivers practical proof of this. However, being comfortable is the most important thing to me. The SK85MSR-3 has a comfortable cabin and the large windshields allow for a good, all-round view. I feel really comfortable here all day long.”
And of the smaller Kobelco, he says: “The SK55SRX-6 has a comfortable seat, sufficient storage space and plenty of room for me to move – you wouldn’t believe it was such a small machine.”