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Old 03-30-2014, 09:49 PM
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New Kobelco Excavators

Does anyone here have experience with the brand new Kobelco machines? By this I mean the 2013+ models that are produced in the US by Kobelco and have no ties to Case or New Holland machines? Friend of mine has been raving about them and how up until a few months ago he would never even look at one let alone buy 4 of them. The specs on the 260 zero swing model and the pricing has me taking a second look as well. Any one have experience with the hino motors they have?
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:36 PM
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Kobelco has always been a solid product. New Holland was just a rebrand, Kobelco was always it's own brand that goes way back to the MDI/Yutani days. I don't have any experience with 2013+ models, but I do have some seat time in an '08 210 and it's a killer machine. I think outside of Deere/Hitachi and Cat, Kobelco is a solid option.....much better than Komatsu, IMO.
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:48 PM
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I think some use Hino engines. I hear Hino truck are pretty reliable. FWIW
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:07 PM
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Yea to my knowledge CNH never touched the machine physically, only reduced their marketshare which was like 15% before CNH purchase to less than 5% currently. CNH pissed off dealers and jacked the prices up to ridiculously high margins, made the product pretty hard to sell. Before I bought my CX 160 I ran and really wanted a SK140, I simply could not get the machine I wanted down to the right price for me. Excellent machine, I love the speed of every Kobelco I have ever run. Obviously I would own one. The resale is good, especially on the Bladerunners, amazingly good.
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:39 PM
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I guess they are trying to regain market share , because there prices are pretty low .
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I guess they are trying to regain market share , because there prices are pretty low .
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Maybe you have just spent to much time looking at numbers to RPO that Cat!
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:52 PM
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I saw an interview that someone from Kobelco gave and they said in no uncertain terms that they intend to regain their lost marketshare.
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Does anyone here have experience with the brand new Kobelco machines? By this I mean the 2013+ models that are produced in the US by Kobelco and have no ties to Case or New Holland machines? Friend of mine has been raving about them and how up until a few months ago he would never even look at one let alone buy 4 of them. The specs on the 260 zero swing model and the pricing has me taking a second look as well. Any one have experience with the hino motors they have?
i thought that all kobelco machines come from japan now, no?
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Old 04-02-2014, 06:01 PM
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I can't answer how good they are,Never ran one,But I will tell you what.I am seeing a ton of new one's around lately.Alot of the 140's...
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Old 04-02-2014, 08:22 PM
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Are the hino motors any good in them?
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