Komatsu announces the launch of the PC160LC-8, the latest addition to their “Dash 8” range of crawler excavators. With a maximum weight of over 18 tonnes, the PC160LC-8 is ideal for general earthmoving and construction sites. It offers an unrivalled machine management system, increased operator comfort, improved safety, low fuel consumption with excellent productivity, and a low environmental impact. It is available in a wide range of configurations, with a number of different arm lengths, two styles of boom, and in a special, factory built, Low Ground Pressure variant (0.2kg/cm2 ).
The PC160LC-8 includes all the renowned features of Komatsu’s Dash 8 excavators, with high operator comfort, exceptional levels of safety, and top productivity. A choice of 5 main working modes lets the operator optimise the performance of the PC160LC-8 to perfectly suit the task at hand, regardless of the combination of equipment that is used. The variable “Economy” mode gives a strong performance for levelling or for loose material excavation with the best balance between productivity and fuel consumption. Alternatively, when only extreme high power will do - for instance in bulk earthmoving, the PC160LC-8’s “Power” mode delivers truly exceptional productivity.
Inside the cab, noise level is at 68dB(A) a class leading low, and many standard fit features enhance operator safety and comfort. An automatic climate control system, with controls integrated to the wide-screen TFT monitor panel, allows the convenient setting of preferred working conditions. The heated air suspension seat featuring a supportive high back joins helps to create an exceptionally comfortable working environment. To further increase ease of use and versatility, all PC160LC-8 machines are equipped with one additional hydraulic circuit, with sliding proportional thumb switch control, as well as a factory installed quick coupler circuit.
The PC160LC-8 features Komatsu’s unique roll-over protection cab, specifically developed for hydraulic excavators. Komatsu invested over 1 million Euros to test this proven life saving feature and to make sure that the cab’s integrated tubular steel skeleton offers exceptional protection to the operator in the event of a machine roll over. To further increase the safety of persons around the working excavator, the PC160LC-8 is also fully equipped as standard with a travel alarm, anti-slip steps and a rear-view camera.
The latest version of KOMTRAX™, Komatsu’s exclusive satellite-based machine management and monitoring system, is factory fitted on all PC160LC-8 machines. Machine data, including working time, workload and fuel consumption, is easily accessible over the internet. Owners or fleet managers are informed of the machine’s operational status, without having to attend the site in person. KOMTRAX™ can be configured to send an email to a designated person, for instance when the machine shows a caution alert or if it is activated outside an engine lock period.
Supporting the high standard specification of this machine, Komatsu offers a range of optional extras for the PC160LC-8, such as factory installed diesel particulate filter, automatic greasing system and additional working lamps, allowing the owner to match the machine to specific business requirements.