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June 11, 2013

Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia Unleashes the Ultimate Species

Hitachi Construction Machinery (Australia) Pty Ltd is proud to release the new Zaxis-5 mini excavator range, which includes the ZX33U-5, ZX38U-5, ZX48U-5, ZX55U-5, and ZX65USB-5. The new Zaxis-5 range from Hitachi has evolved into the ultimate species of mini excavators to deliver a new level of precision, power and productivity to machine owners and operators.

ZX65USB-5 Hitachi Mini Excavator
ZX65USB-5 Hitachi Mini Excavator

With an extensive history of quality engineering and manufacturing innovation of mining and construction equipment, Hitachi has continued to evolve its mini excavators into one of the most versatile machines in the light equipment market.

Customised to suit a diverse number of industry applications, Hitachi mini excavators are being relied upon around the world in areas including infrastructure, construction, landscaping, residential and commercial developments through to material handling, scrap recycling and deconstruction.

Extending on the success of its predecessor model, the new Zaxis-5 range boasts a number of customer inspired upgrades as well as revolutionary new features to provide operators with a leading edge on the worksite.

Hitachi’s renowned compact swing radius and precise movement allow smooth, quick and responsive controllability in complex and challenging applications.

Factory standard hose rupture valves have been integrated in all mini excavator models to further enhance machine safety. In addition, the new minis boast a strengthened frame structure, designed for enhanced safety and greater machine durability.

Not only has productivity increased by an average of 2.75* per cent across four of the new models, however an 11.5* per cent reduction in fuel consumption also exists within these respective models.

Just like Hitachi’s mid-size excavators, power mode and eco-mode have been incorporated into the new mini excavators, optimised for both performance and improved fuel efficiency. By selecting the eco-mode, operators have the added benefit of not only increasing fuel efficiency by reducing the speed of the front attachment, but also maintaining a similar level of performance to that experienced in power modes of conventional models.

A new energy efficient engine has led to a reduction in both fuel consumption and noise levels by suppressing excessive engine RPMs during light operations.

Auto idle comes standard, preventing unnecessary fuel consumption and exhaust gas emissions when the excavator is idling.

The intelligent transmission system automatically shifts between high and low according to load, particularly when moving from a flat surface to a slope where the transmission shifts to low for smooth climbing. Travel speeds can also be switched during blade operations. In addition, the distance between the blade and bucket has been reduced to enhance front blade operations, such as asphalt removal.

A comfortable and spacious operator environment has been achieved by increasing the total workspace. The front windshield is larger and provides a wider field of vision for the operator. A newly designed multi-function monitor system displays information, including machine diagnostics, settings and warnings, in an intuitive manner.

Improvements in accessibility and serviceability are easy to see in the new models. The oil cooler and radiator are conveniently positioned, with a newly designed cooler core and rounded frame structure, helping to reduce material build-up and making cleaning easy. The integration of engine covers that slide out of the way has also streamlined machine maintenance and inspections.

Evolution over decades has seen Hitachi develop into an unrivalled species through product innovation and quality engineering. The advancement in Hitachi excavator technology as well as the integration of customer-inspired features continues to drive new products such as the Zaxis-5 mini excavators.

About Hitachi Construction Machinery (Australia) Pty Ltd (HCA)

HCA is a subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd (Japan) and part of the global and diversified Hitachi Ltd group. HCA is the exclusive distributor of Hitachi, Bell and John Deere (construction and forestry) products in Australia, which are considered three of the most renowned and innovative Original Equipment Manufacturer brands in the world. It delivers world-class machine sales and support to Australian customers across the mining, construction, quarry, forestry, material handling and recycling industries through its wholly-owned national branch network. It also provides comprehensive parts and servicing facilities vital to the performance of the equipment it sells.