The New Kobelco ED195 Blade Runner(tm) Delivers Superior Versatility and Power

CAROL STREAM, Ill., March 12, 2008 – Indicative of Kobelco Construction Machinery America”s passion for ingenuity and versatility, Kobelco America proudly introduces the new ED195 Blade Runner(tm) excavator. The ED195 combines the features and benefits of both an excavator and a dozer in an innovative design to deliver the flexibility, power and control customers have come to expect from Kobelco America.

“The ED195 Blade Runner(tm) continues the Kobelco tradition of delivering unmatched versatility and performance,” said Paul Golevicz, brand marketing manager at Kobelco America. “No matter the job-trenching, backfilling, lifting material, loading trucks or clearing sites-the ED195 provides a true competitive edge by combining two high-performance machines into one piece of equipment.”

The ED195 features a turbocharged FPT(tm) engine that delivers reliability and power while meeting Tier III emission standards. This newest member of the Blade Runner(tm) line also features the Kobelco Intelligent Total Control System (ITCS), which recognizes an operator”s actions and assists with repeatability functions by providing progressive power for fine leveling and grading applications.

Like Kobleco”s other Blade Runner(tm) models, the ED195 provides excellent stability and allows for smooth navigation in some of the roughest terrains. Since the ED195 can be used for digging and dozing applications, the machine is highly adaptable and excellent for site-prep tasks. The excavator includes Kobelco”s best design and innovative features to deliver optimum performance.

The Kobelco ED195 has four standard working modes for enhanced performance. The H Mode allows heavy digging and high productivity while the S Mode delivers standard digging and increased fuel savings. The B Mode powers one-way flow attachments (e.g., breakers) and the A Mode is used for attachments that require two-way flow. The ED195 also features Heavy Lift on command, which provides approximately 10 percent more lifting power without time limit.

The excavator has an enhanced cab design for operator comfort and productivity. Two-way hydraulic flow can be activated from the cab and the hydraulic lockout has been repositioned for easier reach and activation. The cab features a seven-way adjustable suspension seat, cross-flow air ventilation and an orange backlit monitor with sunshade for easy daylight viewing. All mechanical components are grouped together for easy daily maintenance checks, increasing overall productivity.

The Kobelco ED195 is manufactured by Kobelco America in the United States at the company”s Calhoun, Ga., factory. Its overall weight with bucket is 44,800 lbs, and the excavator has a maximum digging depth of 21 feet, 5 inches. The ED195 bucket digging force is 24,900 lbf and the arm crowding force is 17,200 lbf when the Power Boost is engaged.

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