ZW140-5 and ZW150-5 models offer reduced environmental impact and improved operator safety
HITACHI Construction Machinery (Europe) NV (HCME) have introduced the ZW140-5 and ZW150-5 wheel loaders – two productive and powerful machines that offer a reduced environmental impact and a focus on operator safety and manoeuvrability.
The ZW140-5 and the ZW150-5 use significantly less fuel than previous models, while maintaining the same high levels of performance and productivity. The 5.2-litre, four-cylinder water-cooled turbo engine is said to deliver powerful digging performance, impressive travel speeds and excellent fuel consumption.
To help further reduce fuel consumption, Hitachi have equipped both models with their new HST system. As a result, the ZW-5 wheel loaders use less fuel when travelling compared with previous models, and fuel consumption is reduced by approximately 20% when digging. An ECO display in the cab highlights when the wheel loaders are operating economically.
An optional addition is the auto-engine-shutdown feature. This helps to prevent wastage, unnecessary fuel usage and exhaust emissions by shutting down the engine one minute after the machine has been placed in neutral and the parking brake has been engaged.
With the HST control system, the ZW140-5 and the ZW150-5 work in two different modes, which can be selected by the operator based on the task and terrain. Standard mode is suited to regular operations on a level terrain, while P (power) mode gives a greater tractive force, which is useful for heavy-duty excavation.
Another advanced control system, the Traction Control System (TCS) prevents tyre slippage in snow, slippery or muddy conditions by reducing the maximum rim pull. This is particularly effective for light applications and ultimately helps to prevent tyre wear and fuel wastage.
Modifications have been made to the spacious cab of both models to offer maximum comfort, greater visibility – further enhanced with an optional rear-view camera – and a safe working environment. The cab is easy to access, has more storage space and is equipped with an AM/FM radio and MP3 dock.
Effective air-conditioning regulates the temperature, and noise levels are reduced thanks to a high level of sound insulation. An optional double air-conditioning filter can also be fitted for working in industrial waste and indoor disposal facilities.
Many features on the ZW-5 wheel loaders, such as the greasing points and oil levels, can now be accessed at ground level, allowing the operator to maintain the machine quickly and easily on a daily basis.
Vasilis Drougkas, HCME’s wheel loader product specialist, said: ‘The ZW-5 wheel loaders are ideal for working on a variety of job sites. Reliable and fuel efficient, they are easy to maintain and comfortable to operate. We believe the ZW140-5 and ZW150-5 will prove popular among customers in Europe, and will be particularly appealing for rental companies.’
The ZW140-5 has a rated power of 113kW; operating weight from 11,090–11,390kg; bucket capacity from 1.5–2.1 cubic metres; breakout force of 94.8kN; and is equipped as standard with a 2.0 cubic metre general-purpose bucket with weld-on adaptors and teeth.
The ZW150-5 has a rated power of 113kW; operating weight from 11,850–12,400kg; bucket capacity from 1.9–2.3 cubic metres; breakout force of 101.3kN; and is equipped as standard with a 2.2 cubic metre general-purpose bucket with weld-on adaptors and teeth.