Hyundai R210LC-9 excavator

By: Terry Stevenson

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The Hyundai R210LC-9 excavator is a versatile and user-friendly workhorse

Hyundai R210LC-9 excavator
Hyundai R210LC-9 excavator
  • Upgraded engine and hydraulic system
  • Large cab with increased visibility
  • Hi-mate GPS
  • Auto-greasing system
  • Three power and three work modes to program engine

Gremara Contractors, a large earthmoving and transport contracting company based in Hamilton, recently updated its 21-tonne Hyundai excavator to the latest R210LC-9 model through Eagle Equipment Ltd.

It can do more, and is more powerful and user friendly than the old R210LC-7 model, purchased in 2005.

Eagle Equipment territory manager Grant Hawke explains some of the upgrades compared to the previous model.

"It has an up-rated hydraulic system, an upgraded engine, the cab is bigger with more visibility, it has the Hi-mate GPS, and an air-operated seat that is heated for more comfort."


Gremara's new R210LC-9 is spec'd with a number of extras, including a Groeneveld programmable auto greasing system. Another extra is a tilt bucket, which is controlled by a pair of right-hand joystick buttons.

The bucket clamp is an additional feature that will help when the operator wants to pick up a heavy item and place it, say on the back of a truck without causing any damage.

Roger, the operator, is very impressed with the additional horsepower, saying that all of the jobs are now easier to do.

"It has more power than the last one. My old one had limited power - this now has working power."

The other main differences the operator has noticed are the rear vision camera, the bigger claw and the self greasing unit.

"On the other one I had to grease everything every day - the nipples, the whole lot! This has all the plumbing to self-grease, the only thing I have to grease now is my bucket."

The Hyundai digger is fitted with Hyundai's new Hi-mate GPS system. This has the ability to set a pre-determined radius around the machine's working site, so if the machine is stolen, you will receive a phone call. But the main purpose is so the owner can monitor fuel consumption, working hours, and for servicing.


Access to all compartments was a simple key-turn affair and the doors opened up giving full access for the technicians to the radiators, filters and hydraulics.

Gremara's business development manager Marc van Heuvel says, "We looked at other options, but considered the Hyundai excellent in terms of driver comfort. It has a heated seat, air conditioning, an auto greasing system - which we'll be doing with all our machines from now on, and the service is fantastic too. We are a Hamilton-based company and we prefer doing business with other local companies than having to source bits and pieces from elsewhere."

Engine and hydraulics

The six-cylinder 6.7-litre Cummins QSB6.7 diesel engine on this machine produces 116kW (155hp) at 2000rpm through a charge-air cooled turbocharger. The four valve head features a central injection system. Maximum torque is rated to 624Nm at 1500rpm from the Tier 3 common rail fuel injected powerplant.

Computer Aided Power Optimisation (CAPO) works the electronics that control the engine and two 222-litre pump hydraulic management system to offer optimised flow rates and engine revs for the work you're doing.

Eagle Equipment's Grant Hawke says the operator can set it up for the functions he does.

"If he does a lot of trimming, he can play around with the hydraulic pressures on the machine to suit that job application, so the next time he goes back, he just pushes user mode and that will be set up already."

If the remote hydraulic valves remain in neutral for more than four seconds the CAPO controller will automatically reduce engine revs down to 1000rpm to save fuel, and then down to idle speed after 60 seconds. The hydraulic pump flow also drops when in neutral.


Inside, the larger cab has a very simple layout, but the first thing you'll notice is the excellent external visibility, particularly since the digger has a ROPS approved cab as standard. Gone is the right-hand vertical centre pillar. The operator now enjoys opening the ceiling skylight to maximum, whereas the previous model was limited to just a few centimetres because of the external ROPS cage.

Other than the 175mm wide digital LCD control screen, there are few control buttons or switches to be seen. Exactly how it was designed because all of the self-diagnostics, machine settings, monitoring gauges and more are handled by the Computer Aided Power Optimisation (CAPO) system.

The engine has three power modes to programme your work with, as well as a saved operator setting, and three work modes.

Although a digital display, the gauges imitate the analogue look well on the screen.

The reversing camera display has a normal and a very handy wide angle field of view. The external unit can be located on either of three different places on the machine.

Roger's phone is connected via Bluetooth for hands-free operation while he's working. There's a couple of places to put your drink bottle in and a small refrigerator located behind the seat.

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