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Komatsu launches new log loader

June 5, 2015 — The Forest Machine Business Division of Komatsu America Corp. introduces its PC210LL-10 Log Loader. The log loader features an EPA Tier 4 Interim certified engine, a flywheel horsepower of 158 HP (118 kW) and is designed to offer upwards of 10 per cent lower fuel consumption than the previous model. The PC210LL-10 replaces the former Tier 3 PC200LL-8 model.

This newest addition to Komatsu’s Dash-10 series of log loaders weighs 65,118 lb. (29,537 kg) in Road Builder configuration. It is also available in Log Loader and Processor Head Carrier configurations.

The PC210LL-10 is equipped with the KOMTRAX 4.0 technology, which wirelessly sends machine operating information to a secure website. Data such as operating hours, location, cautions, fuel consumption and maintenance alerts are relayed for analysis. The KOMTRAX 4.0 fleet monitoring system increases machine availability, reduces the risk of machine theft (compared to machines that are not KOMTRAX-equipped), allows for remote diagnosis by the distributor, and provides a wealth of other information for business efficiency and productivity.

Special features include:
- EPA Tier 4 Interim Certified Engine with 7 per cent more HP and provides up to 10 per cent lower fuel consumption than the Tier 3 engine on the previous model. 
- The Komatsu Tier 4 Interim engine uses an advanced electronic control system to manage air-flow rate, fuel injection, combustion parameters, and after-treatment functions to optimize performance, reduce emissions, and provide advanced diagnostic capability.

Komatsu developed the hydraulically actuated Komatsu Variable Geometry Turbocharger (KVGT) and an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) valve for the PC210LL-10 that is designed to provide better precision in air management as well as longer component life.

The Komatsu Diesel Particulate Filter (KDPF) has an integrated design that does not interfere with daily operation, updates the operator on its status and allows the operator to choose where and when to regenerate.

Hydraulic system
The integrated design uses a closed centre-load sensing hydraulic system with variable speed matching. Variable matching allows the engine speed to adjust based on the hydraulic pump output for both light and heavy-duty applications.

The PC210LL-10 Log Loader configuration features adjustable flow controls for boom, arm, heel and grapple functions for fine tuning hydraulic response to individual operator preference.

Additional enhancements have been made to reduce hydraulic loss, for better efficiency and lower fuel consumption. High-pressure hydraulic pump outlet screens are standard.

Upgraded major components
All major components on the new PC210LL-10, including the engine, hydraulic pumps, motors, and valves, are exclusively designed and produced by Komatsu. The loader uses a high carbody with reinforced front idlers, higher capacity recoil springs, ski-type full length track guiding guards, straddle-mounted carrier rollers, HD swivel guard and front/rear pull hooks.

The swing system and undercarriage components on the PC210LL-10 are from the next-size larger Komatsu excavators for work in demanding logging applications. The larger final drives and motors provide high drawbar pull for shovel-logging applications. Updated full-length support skitype track roller guards help increase track life in tough logging conditions. The rear compartment covers on the PC210LL-10 are more than three times thicker than those used on comparably sized excavators, and the compartment doors also feature stronger door hinges.

New Komatsu forestry cab
The new ROPS/OPS/FOPS/TOPS/FOG/WCB/Oregon OSHA certified Komatsu forestry cab (and more) provides a more comfortable and quiet work environment. The reinforced framework of the cab is specifically designed for tough forestry applications. The operator platform is mounted on viscous damper mounts for low vibration levels. The high-back, fully adjustable seat is air suspended and heated for enhanced comfort. The cab is available with a 48” (1220 mm) hydraulic tilt or a 7” (177 mm) fixed cab riser and has two 12-volt ports and an auxiliary input to connect external devices.

The cab has a new high-resolution 7” LCD color monitor with enhanced capabilities that displays information in 25 languages for global support. The operator can easily select from six working modes to match machine performance to the application. These working modes include Power Mode, Economy Mode, Lifting Mode, Breaker Mode, Attachment Economy Mode and Attachment Power Mode. The new monitor panel also provides Ecology Guidance (operational efficiency guidance), operational records, fuel consumption history, and utilization information. A standard rearview monitoring system, with the camera integrated into the counterweight, allows the operator to view directly behind the machine with the push of a button.

Purpose-built front equipment options
Purpose-built front equipment options are available for each of the three, loader configurations. For the Road Builder, there is an HD boom and HD arm with one actuator piping for application versatility. A special boom/arm arrangement without bucket cylinder and linkage is available for the Processor Head Carrier configuration. For the Log Loader configuration, there is a 36 foot reach live heel forestry boom with a 52 inch opening grapple, or two types of 34 foot Butt-N-Top forestry booms.

Convenient maintenance and serviceability
The PC210LL-10 provides easy service access to reduce costly downtime. The new model has longer handrails that surround the upper structure for easier accessibility. The radiator and hydraulic oil cooler are mounted side by side, making it easier to maintain and service. A new battery master disconnect switch is now standard.

The machine is also equipped with the exclusive Komatsu Equipment Management Monitoring System (EMMS), which continuously monitors critical systems, as well as the planned maintenance schedule. EMMS provides enhanced diagnostic features, giving operators and technicians greater monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities to minimize diagnosis and repair time.

All Komatsu Dash-10 Log Loaders are covered by Komatsu CARE, Komatsu’s complimentary scheduled maintenance program for three (3) years or 2,000 hours (whichever occurs first). Factory-certified technicians use only Komatsu genuine parts and fluids to perform these services.


June 5, 2015
By Komatsu America Corp.

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