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Hyundai R330LC-9S and R480LC-9S excavators has arrived

HPE Africa has recently launched two new series of Hyundai excavators – the R480LC-9S range and R330LC-9S machines – designed for high performance in tough conditions in various industries, including construction, mining and quarrying and agriculture.


“As part of our commitment to meeting exact market demand and to constantly improving our service standards, the HPE Africa team works closely with customers to gain a thorough understanding of changing conditions in different sectors,” explains Alex Ackron, managing director HPE Africa. “Through the introduction of new construction machines – delivered in required sizes, with specified capacities and necessary performance features – the company ensures customers continue to achieve the highest levels of productivity, cost effective operation and enhanced safety on site.

“Through the launch of our Hyundai R480LC-9S and R330LC-9S ranges, we are now able to supply equipment that falls under the following mass categories/classes as stipulated by CONMESA – the Construction and Mining Equipment Suppliers’ Association – 30.1 – 35.0 T (R330LC-9S) and 45.1 – 50 T (R480LC-9S).

“Previously, HPE Africa participated in these tracked excavator classes – 10.1- 15T, 18,1 – 21.0T, 21.1 – 25T, 25.1 – 30 T, 35.1  – 40 T, 50.1 – 60 T and 80.1 – 9.0 T.

“Expansion of our range means customers have access to more machines, with greater capacity options and are able to select the right size excavator, with no compromise on performance.”

Newly-launched Hyundai R480LC-9S track-mounted excavators have an operating weight of 49 500 kg, with a 3,2 m³ rock-bucket capacity and a digging force of 266,4 kN. These machines, with a 621 litre fuel tank, have a 600 mm shoe width and are fitted with a 6,55 m boom and 2,40 m arm, with an arm crowd force of 301,7 kN. The hydraulic pump operates at 2 x 380 litre/min.

These tracked excavators are fitted with low-emission, water-cooled Cummins QSM11-C 4-cycle diesel engines, with power ratings of 263 kW @ 1 900 rpm, offering high power, reliable performance and fuel efficiency.

Hyundai R330LC-9S excavators, with an operating weight of 32 700 kg, offer a standard 1,44 m³ bucket, a digging force of 205,5 kN and arm crowd force of 194,2 kN. These machines, with a 500 litre fuel tank and a 600 mm shoe width, are fitted with a 6,45 m boom and 2,50 m arm. The hydraulic pump operates at 2 x 282 litre/min.

R330LC-9S excavators are fitted with Hyundai HCEC_HM8.3 low-emission, water-cooled 4-cycle diesel engines, with power ratings of 196 kW @ 1 900 rpm.

Other noteworthy features include hydraulic system improvements and computer aided power, which ensure enhanced performance, smoother operation and precision-control. A newly-designed pump compartment controls functions like two speed travel, power boost, auto boom-swing priority and a safety lock.

The strengthened undercarriage improves performance in arduous operating conditions, particularly in the mining and quarrying sectors. Durable covers have been specially designed, to protect travel motors and hoses against damage from rocks. Lubricated rollers, idlers, track adjusters with shock absorbing springs and sprockets and a track chain with double or triple grouser shoes, form part of this robust undercarriage.


For added strength and durability, all buckets are welded with high-strength steel and booms and arms are welded with a low-stress, full-box section design.

A newly-designed high-strength operator cab ensures exceptional visibility for greater safety on site and ground-line access to components enables easy maintenance, minimising downtime of these machines.

Hyundai’s 9-series machines ensure minimal operating costs and reduced machine down time.

HPE Africa’s national workshop facilities are geared to assist customers with modifications of machines where necessary, enabling adaptability for specific tasks, for example stump removal, scrap metal handling, railway construction and logging operations on steep terrain. All modifications are customised through close consultation between HPE Africa experts and end-users.

HPE Africa is the sole distributor in Southern Africa for Hyundai Construction Equipment, as well as McCloskey crushing and screening units and Soosan hydraulic hammers and quick couplers.

The company supports its product offering with a technical advisory, support and maintenance service throughout Southern Africa.

Tristan Wiggill
Special Features Editor at Business Fleet Africa