Hitachi launches compact wheeled loaders
By Chris Sleight22 April 2010
Hitachi has launched a three-model range of compact wheeled loaders, covering the 0.7 m3 to 1.05 m3 bucket classes. The new machines were unveiled at Bauma due to the popularity of this type of machine in Germany which, according to Hitachi, accounts for about 75% of the European market.
The ZW65, ZW75 and ZW95 are all powered by a 3,3 litre Kubota engine, rated at 46 kW for the two smaller modes and 53 kW for the ZW99. Key features include a 20 km/h travel speed, z-bar front linkage and a quick coupler as part of the standard specification.
Under the wide-opening bonnet, all the fluid reservoirs are transparent to allow levels to be checked quickly, and the machines feature three hydraulic circuits.
Also new at Bauma from Hitachi are three heavy wheeled loaders at the other end of the weight spectrum. The machines are the first fruits of the company's alliance with Kawasaki, and now give it a wheeled loader range that tops-out with the 6 m3 bucket class ZW 550.