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Hitachi introduces new compact wheel loader to North American market

A Hitachi wheel loader on the job site
A Hitachi ZW100-6 wheel loader

Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America has expanded its line of ZW-6 wheel loaders in North America with the upgrade of its compact model, the ZW100-6. Developed for use in a wide variety of applications — including landscaping; heavy construction; excavation work; water, sewer and pipeline construction; highway and road construction; and agricultural work — the small, yet powerful ZW100-6 wheel loader features an operating weight of 17,042 lbs (7,730 kg), bucket capacity of 1.4 yd³ (1.1 m³) and a 101- hp (74-kW) Tier 4F engine.

Advanced technology developed by Hitachi is at the heart of the ZW-6 wheel loader lineup, which now includes the ZW100-6 in North America. Each ZW-6 wheel loader comes equipped with a diesel aftertreatment system that eliminates the costs associated with diesel particulate filter (DPF) systems, plus onboard technology and an advanced telematics system to help contractors better manage their fleet and operating expenses.

The new ZW100-6 is easy to maneuver due to the hydrostatic transmission control system. The operator can choose between two work modes according to the task and terrain, and experience a smooth transition between speeds. 

The oscillating rear axle on the ZW100-6 gives it more stability and traction, especially on uneven ground, than loaders with a fixed axle. For higher efficiency when working in snowy, slippery or muddy conditions, the traction control system on the ZW100-6 helps avoid tire slippage and, ultimately, prevents wear and fuel waste while lowering running costs. This feature makes this new Hitachi model highly effective for light applications.

The new ZW-6 model is equipped with a Tier 4 Final certified engine that does not require a DPF, which reduces fuel consumption and maintenance costs. For example, the ZW100-6 demonstrates enhanced fuel efficiency during V-shape loading and load-and-carry operations. This results in considerable savings for running costs. And for efficient flexibility, it has a quick power switch that can increase engine output when more power is instantly required, or when driving uphill.

Enhanced cab environment

The ZW100-6's cab provides a quiet and comfortable working environment for operators. Sound insulation has been improved in the cab to significantly reduce noise levels. The low-noise engine also results in a quieter performance, which makes it suitable for working in urban areas.

The spacious cab design includes several storage compartments that provide quick access to important items, such as PPE, phones and paperwork, to further increase operators' efficiency and safety while operating the new ZW-6 machine.

Durable design

Heavy-duty axles and a reinforced front frame have been incorporated into the new Hitachi ZW100-6 wheel loader to improve the machine's durability. For added protection, an optional belly guard protects the machine powertrain and driveshaft from potential damage caused by materials on the ground.

The ZW100-6 design includes wide, easy-to-open engine covers that offer quick, convenient access to all of the machine's critical components. This feature enables operators to conduct daily machine inspections safely, and quickly, from the ground, ensuring routine maintenance can be completed quickly for reliable performance.

Remote monitoring

This new model comes with Global e-Service, which allows equipment owners to monitor their Hitachi ZW100-6 wheel loader remotely via Owner's Site and ConSite, Hitachi's full data toolkit with a suite of apps for managing loader performance and productivity. ConSite tracks performance metrics like idle time, operating time and fuel efficiency along with location services in real-time, and it alerts owners and operators to upcoming maintenance needs. These "Predict and Prevent" tools help fleet managers maximize machine efficiency, minimize downtime and improve overall performance.

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