Komatsu America Corp. (KAC) announces the PC88MR-8 mid-sized hydraulic excavator designed to bring increased production and added operator comfort to contractors in a wide variety of construction, utility, landscaping and other excavating applications. The eight ton class (8.4 metric tons) unit bridges the gap between "compact" and "construction" -sized units. The PC88MR-8 is equipped with the latest KOMTRAXTM technology which sends machine operating information to a secure website utilizing wireless technology. Real-time data including machine operating hours, machine location and fuel levels are relayed to the web application for customer viewing and analysis. The PC88MR-8 gets it power from a Komatsu Tier 3, 65-HP diesel engine, which has an increase of 17 percent more power than the prior model PC78MR-6. It also features increased drawbar pull, faster travel speed, 10 percent more arm digging force and a significant improvement in dozer blade travel to enhance grading and backfill operations. The PC88MR-8 has an operating weight of 18,558 pounds and features a maximum digging depth of 15 ft. 2 in., with a maximum reach of 23 ft. 5 in. The standard auxiliary hydraulic system flow of 33 GPM can be easily changed from single direction flow to bi-directional flow to provide superior hydraulic attachment productivity.