Compact Equipment

JUL 2018

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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H itachi has had a long history with compact excavators. Leveraging its own engineering and technology, Hitachi built its first hydraulic excava- tor — the 6-metric-ton UH03 compact machine — in 1965. The EX60 was introduced in 1987. The EX27U, EX35U and EX50U followed in 2000 and the EX17U in 2001. The ZX60USB-3 was an ultra-short radius machine when launched in 2008. Hitachi compacts have progressively become more efficient, reliable and durable, as well as smoother to operate and easier to maintain, says Hitachi. The company just released its sixth compact model — the ZX30U-5 — which provides customers an alternative to the popular 3- to 4-metric-ton size class of compact excavators. Hitachi makes a wide variety of excavators ranging from super-small com- pacts to massive machines used in mines and quarries. The company's com- pact excavator lineup includes the ZX17U-5, ZX26U-5, ZX30U-5, ZX35U-5, ZX50U-5 and ZX60USB-5. The ZX17U-5, ZX26U-5 and ZX30U-5 are the small- est excavators Hitachi sells in North America. These tiny titans are powerful and designed to keep their tails close to their tracks rather than bashing into fences or walls. The company has reduced the size and footprint without sacrificing the Hitachi qualities customers have come to expect — long life, high productivity, multifunction opera- tions, smooth hydraulics and easy maintenance, says Hitachi. The ZX35U-5, ZX50U-5 and ZX- 60USB-5 deliver the same efficien- cy, reliability and durability as the preceding Dash-3 Series, with nu- merous customer-driven enhance- ments, says Hitachi. Their nimble yet durable design makes it easy for operators to squeeze in and out of small spaces. This makes the machines particularly well suited for rental, commercial/residen- tial building, landscaping, under- ground and site development seg- ments. With a canopy option now avail- able on Hitachi's ZX60USB-5, all of Hitachi's compact excavators now have a canopy option available to customers. This provides a cost-effective al- ternative to the cab and lets customers take advantage of lower costs. Hitachi recently extended its standard full-machine warranty on all six com- pact excavators to two years/2,000 hours. The standard warranty now promises that Hitachi will fix any defects in materials or workmanship for two years after delivery or 2,000 hours — whichever comes first. The previous standard war- ranty was for one year. 62 Compact Equipment JULY/AUGUST 2018 Hitachi Six Models from the Innovator of Hydraulic Diggers hitachiconstruction.com Model Engine Horsepower Net HP Max. Digging Depth Max. Reach At Ground Level Bucket Breakout Force Operating Weight (Ground Pressure) ZX17U-5 14.5 hp 7 ft, 2 in. 12 ft, 6 in. 3,597 lbs 3,790 lbs (3.9 psi) ZX26U-5 20 hp 8 ft, 6 in. 15 ft, 2 in. 4,994 lbs 5,780-6,110 lbs (3.6-3.8 psi) ZX30U-5 23 hp 9 ft, 2 in. 13 ft, 1 in. 6,110 lbs 6,850-7,220 lbs (4.1-4.4 psi) ZX35U-5 23.3 hp 11 ft, 4 in. 18 ft, 11 in. 6,085 lbs 7,760-8,715 lbs (4.6-5.1 psi) ZX50U-5 35.9 hp 12 ft, 7 in. 20 ft, 6 in. 8,267 lbs 10,560-11,349 lbs (3.9-4.28 psi) ZX60USB-5 53 hp 13 ft, 6 in. 21 ft, 6 in. 9,237 lbs 13,547-14,425 lbs (5.12-5.37 psi) Advice to Buyers "If you're in the market for a compact excavator, take these three things into consider- ation," says Jonathan Spend- love, product marketing man- ager at Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas. "First, match the hydraulic flow of the machine with the attach- ments you'll be using to maxi- mize efficiency. Second, con- sider the surface of your jobsite and match your tracks accord- ingly. If you're working in an area where you can't cause sur- face damage, consider rubber tracks. Third, take transporta- tion capabilities into account. Larger machines require larger trailering." E X C A V A T O R S

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