Hitachi launch new wheel loader model
Latest ZW150-6 machine offers versatility, superior comfort and higher levels of operator safety
USING their extensive knowledge of the high-performing ZW-5 range and ongoing research of the European market, Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV (HCME) have fine-tuned the new ZW150-6 wheel loader to better satisfy the needs of operators.
Customer demands for greater versatility without compromising on performance, and their concerns for safety and comfort, have all been carefully considered with the ZW150-6.
Suitable for use on a variety of applications (eg quarrying, road construction etc.), the latest machine is powered by a new Stage IV-compliant engine delivering the same levels of productivity as the ZW150-5 model, but with reduced fuel consumption and running costs. It also offers the best all-round visibility and is said to be one of the quietest working machines in its class.
Designed with operational versatility in mind, the ZW150-6 is available with optional extras specifically for waste handling and recycling operations, including a radiator dust-protection screen, anti-clogging radiators, a front windscreen guard and a pressurized filtration system. These provide added protection for the operator in dusty environments, such as waste-management and demolition sites.
For added flexibility, the Hitachi wheel loader is available with three types of lift arms – standard, high lift and parallel lift. When working in snowy, slippery or muddy conditions, the ZW150-6’s traction control system helps to avoid tyre slippage, reducing wear and tear, fuel usage and running costs.
Another contributing factor to the versatility of the ZW150-6 is the hydrostatic transmission. Consisting of one pump and two motors, it provides very precise movements at low speeds, bringing in the added benefits of increased productivity and efficiency.
To further optimize its usage with hydraulic attachments on different job sites, the wheel loader has first-speed dial and creep mode switches. In combination, they allow the operator to fully adjust the maximum travelling speed in first gear (1–7km/h), so that higher rev/min at low speeds for maximum hydraulic performance can be achieved.
The ZW150-6 model has also been designed with a strong focus on eco-friendly operation, thanks to an advanced after-treatment system. Developed to reduce emissions as well as noise levels, the system consists of a diesel oxidation catalyst, urea mixing pipe, selective catalyst reduction technology and a silencer.
Driver comfort has also been a major design focus on the new ZW150-6 machine. A rear-view camera, wide-view mirrors, a curved engine hood and a repositioned exhaust pipe and air intake, all help to provide a better view of the operator’s surroundings. In addition, the wheel loader is equipped with LED rear lights to increase its visibility on dusty job sites.
For quick and simple maintenance, the ZW150-6 has wide-opening side engine covers for better access, while the air filter and urea tank can be easily accessed from ground level.
‘Maintenance, operator comfort and versatility are extremely important to our customers,’ said Vasilis Drougkas, wheel loader product manager for HCME. ‘The ZW150-6 has evolved to exceed increasing expectations. In addition, it can be fitted with a range of specifically designed Hitachi genuine attachments and quick-couplers to optimize performance.’