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New additions double the size of Hyundai's HX-A compact excavator lineup

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A Hyundai HX55ACR compact excavator HD Hyundai Construction Equipment North America

HD Hyundai Construction Equipment North America has added four new models to its HX-A series of compact hydraulic excavators. The Hyundai HX17AZ, HX27AZ, HX55ACR, and HX60A excavators fill in the company's line of compact excavators, the first models of which debuted at CONEXPO-CON/AGG in 2023.

With these four new machines, the Hyundai HX-A series compact excavator line now includes eight models.

All four new models feature low-emission engines that are Tier 4 Final compliant. The Hyundai HX17AZ excavator is powered by a Kubota D902 diesel engine with a net power rating of 16.0 hp (11.9 kW), while the HX27AZ features a Kubota D1305 engine rated at 24.4 hp (18.2 kW). The HX55ACR uses a Yanmar 4TNV86CT engine that delivers 47.6 hp (35.5 kW), and the HX60A employs a Hyundai DM02VB engine rated 63.0 hp (47.0 kW) at 2,400 rpm. 

Both the HX17AZ and HX27AZ models are zero tail-swing machines for working in confined or busy spaces. The HX55ACR is a compact-radius model.

"Hyundai HX-A Series compact excavators set the new standard in compact equipment. These machines represent a new generation of technology built on decades of Hyundai engineering and manufacturing excellence," said Jeff Pate, VP of compact sales at HD Hyundai Construction Equipment North America. "What we hear from contractors since introducing the HX-A series models last year is that when they purchase a ‘base' model from Hyundai, they appreciate it comes packed with standard features."

The HX55ACR is equipped with a load-sensing hydraulic system that reduces wear and tear on hydraulic components while helping to ensure reliable performance and efficiency, simplified operation, and reduced fuel consumption. The HX17AZ and HX27AZ models feature conventional open-centre hydraulic systems. Standard adjustable hydraulic flow control through the cluster on all four models lets the operator easily set the ideal flow range for multiple attachments and switch between them, using a two-way diverter valve that directs hydraulic flow to either of two attachments simultaneously.

All four models feature a 5-inch, full-colour LCD monitor. Standard boom, arm, and bucket cylinder guards protect the digging end of the machine. Other standard features include a hydraulic quick coupler and an integrated utility lifting hook.

The HX55ACR and HX60A models offer standard blade float, which automatically forces the blade down to ensure consistent backfilling and grading. Auto engine idle – also standard on the HX55ACR and HX60A – optimizes fuel efficiency by reducing engine speed when the excavator is not in use. Standard auto-shift travel speed allows for the transition between high and low travel speeds for increased efficiency and productivity in moving the excavator around the job site.

The HX17AZ has an operating weight of 4,370 pounds (1,980 kilograms), a dig depth of 8 feet (2.44 metres), and a bucket breakout force of 3,668 pound-force (1,664 kilogram-force). The HX27AZ has an operating weight of 6,140 pounds (2,478 kilograms) in its canopy configuration, a dig depth of 8 feet, 10 inches (2.7 metres), and a bucket breakout force of 4,613 pound-force (2,093 kilogram-force).

The HX55ACR has an operating weight of 12,600 pounds (5,715 kilograms), a dig depth of 12 feet, 8 inches (3.86 metres), and a bucket breakout force of 8,354 pound-force (3,789 kilogram-force). The HX60A in its standard cab configuration has an operating weight of 13,580 pounds (6,160 kilograms), a dig depth of 12 feet, 4 inches (3.77 metres), and a bucket breakout force of 9,461 pound-force (4,292 kilogram-force).

Hyundai says that the specifications are preliminary and subject to adjustment.

The new Hyundai compact excavator models are covered by a Hyundai standard warranty of three years or 3,000 hours plus a five-year, 10,000-hour structural warranty, with optional Hyundai extended warranties.

All three models are further protected by five years' free use of Hi MATE, Hyundai's remote management system that allows 24/7 tracking and monitoring of engine, hydraulics, electrical systems, and other key components to facilitate preventive maintenance and reduce downtime.

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