Komatsu America Corp. introduces the new hydraulic excavators

Komatsu America Corp. introduces the new hydraulic excavators

ROLLING MEADOWS, IL – Komatsu America Corp. recently introduced the new PC1250SP-11 and PC1250LC-11 Tier 4 final emissions certified hydraulic excavators.  These new EPA Tier 4 Final (T4F) certified models have SAA6D170E-7 engines with two Komatsu Diesel Particulate Filters (KDPF) that do not require DEF or an SCR system.

The new PC1250SP-11 and PC1250LC-11 feature increased power, improved production and a new single “Power +” operating mode that does not compromise fuel consumption. Additionally, both excavators provide improved operator comfort levels while upholding the strong reputation the previous models earned in the North American marketplace.

“The PC1250 offers exceptional customer value across a broad range of applications, including sewer and water, general construction and mass excavation as well as mining, quarry, sand and gravel,” said Kurt Moncini, senior product manager, tracked equipment, Komatsu America.

The PC1250LC-11 operating weights vary between 269,300 lbs. (122,409 kg) and 275,240 lbs. (125,109 kg). The PC1250SP-11 operating weights vary between 259,960 lbs. (118,164 kg) and 265,900 lbs. (120,864 kg).

New features of the PC1250SP-11/PC1250LC-11 include a Komatsu 23.15-liter SAA6D170E-6 diesel engine with 758 HP/565 kW. It is EPA Tier 4 final emissions certified and requires no DEF or an SCR. The engine has 13% more horsepower than the previous models and uses the following technologies to meet EPA Tier 4 Final emission requirements:

• New Power+ work mode with enhanced engine/hydraulic pump control efficiency helps increase productivity up to 8% without negatively impacting fuel consumption compared to the previous models.

• Upgraded operator cab is 3.5” (90mm) wider than the current Dash 11 excavator cabs and is OPG Level 1 (ISO 12117-2) compliant with standard OPG Level 2 (ISO 10262) top guard. Sound levels are also 2 dB(A) lower than the previous models.

• Upgraded, high-resolution, 7” LCD color monitor panel that incorporates a new updated default split-display mode showing KomVision camera display and key gauges.

• Standard KomVision four camera system provides a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding area for improved operator situational awareness.

• Auxiliary jack to connect MP3 players or other digital devices for playback through the standard stereo speakers.

• Operator ID system-records KOMTRAX machine operation and application data for up to 100 individual ID codes.

• Auto idle and auto idle shutdown help reduce fuel consumption by limiting extended idle time.

• KOMTRAX Plus Version 2 enables expanded fleet monitoring via satellite and wireless LAN. Users can analyze “machine health” and performance from a remote location, on a near-real time basis.

• Tie off anchor points are integrated into the booms and arms for use with service technician restraint harnesses.

• New optional hydraulically-powered ladder provides easier access to machine cab and left side walkway. This option will also be available as a field installation kit.

Standard features include:

• A high-back and heated air suspension seat, with new adjustable armrests that easily adjusts to different heights without tools.

• Two 12-volt power ports provide convenient power for recharging and powering personal electronics.

• Electric grease pump equipped with a greasing gun on a hose reel to reach all grease points for easier lubrication of work equipment.

• Sliding front window and large skylight with sun shade.

Designed for easy maintenance:

• High resolution, 7” LCD color monitor panel displays information and incorporates new Tier 4 Final technology that helps improve, simplify and manage maintenance.

• Engine air/oil/fuel/KCCV filters are grouped together in the front of the hood for easy maintenance access.

• Electric fuel priming pump.

• Reversible hydraulic fan to clean out debris from the coolers.

• New battery master disconnect switch with lock out/tag out provision.

• New hinged A/C and fuel cooler swing open for improved access to hydraulic oil cooler core.

• Rear facing maintenance walkway light illuminates rear of machine for maintenance at night.

• New hydraulic filter sensors monitor restriction and trigger warning indicator in the monitor. Hydraulic filter restriction data is also monitored by KOMTRAX.


The new PC290LCi-11 features intelligent Machine Control (iMC) which is based on Komatsu’s unique sensor package, including stroke sensing hydraulic cylinders, an IMU sensor and GNSS antennas. This technology utilizes 3D design data loaded in the control box to accurately check its position against the target to semi-automatically limit over-excavation.

“The PC290LCi-11 is perfect for applications where the customer is looking for good stability and working range while avoiding the transportation limits of larger-size-class excavators,” said Andrew Earing, senior product manager, tracked equipment, Komatsu.

Features that make the PC290LCi-11 a unique hydraulic excavator include:

• iMC Joysticks: semi-auto/manual-mode switching and design surface offset function can be operated with switches on the control levers.

• Auto grade assist: as the operator moves the arm, the boom adjusts the bucket height automatically, tracing the target surface and minimizing digging too deep.

• Auto stop control: during boom and bucket operation, the work equipment automatically stops when the bucket edge reaches the design surface, thus minimizing design surface damage.

• Minimum distance control: the machine controls the bucket by automatically selecting the point on the bucket closest to the target surface. If the machine is not facing a sloped surface at a right angle, it will still follow the target surface and minimize digging below it.

• Facing angle compass: the orientation of the facing angle compass’ arrow shows the operator the facing angle, relative to target surface. This allows the bucket edge to be accurately positioned square with the target surface.

• Realistic 3D display: the machine and design surfaces are shown in realistic 3D. The angle and magnification of the views can be changed, allowing the operator to select the optimum view, depending on work conditions.

• Control box: the Intelligent Machine Control monitor uses a large 12.1 screen for visibility and ease of use. The simple screen layout displays the necessary information in an easily understood fashion. A touchscreen icon interface, instead of a multi-step menu, simplifies operation.

Other performance features include:

• A 6.69 liter, 196-hp, EPA Tier 4 Final, SAA6D107E-3 engine

• KOMTRAX® level 5 technology feeds the operator machine data, such as fuel and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) levels, Komatsu DPF, regeneration status, location, cautions and maintenance alert information.

Komatsu CARE

The PC1250LC-11 and PC1250SP-11 include Komatsu CARE, which provides complimentary scheduled factory maintenance (engine only) for the first 2,000 hours or three years, including a 50-point inspection at 500, 1,000, 1,500 and 2,000 service intervals. Complementary KDPF exchange covers exchange of both KDPFs within the first five years at the exchange interval of 4,500 hours. 

The PC290LCi-11 excavator, whether rented, leased or purchased, is covered by the Komatsu CARE® complimentary maintenance program for the first three years or 2,000 hours, whichever comes first. Komatsu CARE® includes scheduled factory maintenance, a 50-point inspection at each service and up to two complimentary Komatsu DPF exchanges and up to two DEF tank flushes in the first five years.

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