Contractors who want the speed and accuracy of Komatsu’s integrated machine control system without having to worry about transportation permits should look at the new PC290LCi-11 hydraulic excavator.
Like the bigger intelligent Machine Control (iMC) excavators Komatsu makes, the PC290i uses integrated sensors, GPS, and 3D design technology to provide digging accuracy from first pass to last pass.
“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, for Komatsu.
The excavator is equipped with a range of features designed to help operators reach the design surface quickly and accurately, including iMC joysticks that allow the operator to switch between semi-autonomous and manual mode with the touch of a switch.
Many features are designed to prevent overdigging. The intelligent machine will adjust the bucket height automatically to trace the target surface and prevent digging too deep. During boom and bucket operations, the equipment automatically stops when the bucket edge reaches the design surface. And, a facing angle compass helps the operator position the bucket edge square to the target surface.
The realistic 3D display lets the operator choose the angle and magnification that’s best for the work conditions, and the simple screen layout is easy to understand.
The PC290i is powered by a 196-hp Tier 4 engine. It’s also equipped with the latest KOMTRAX technology, which keeps the operator apprised of important machine data, including fuel and DEF levels, cautions and maintenance alerts.
Using the data from KOMTRAX helps to lower operating costs and prevent downtime. Komatsu carries its commitment to lower operating costs even further by also providing Komatsu Care—a complimentary maintenance program—on this machine for three years or 2,000 hours.