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First Hitachi Zaxis-7s arrive in England

by Kyle Molyneux  |  Tue 28 Jul 2020

First Hitachi Zaxis-7s arrive in England

The first machines from the new generation of Hitachi Zaxis-7 excavators have arrived in England and been delivered to land drainage contractor DMJ Drainage. The first assignment for the two ZX300LC-7 medium excavators was to work on a stretch of the West Cumbria water supplies project in the northern part of the Lake District National Park.
Veteran DMJ operators Roger Knipe and Jonathan Brooks praised the ZX300LC-7’s cabin space, seat and layout, as well as the low vibration levels (20% lower than the previous generation), Bluetooth connectivity and even the window wiper’s sweeping area. “My favourite aspect of the machine is the visibility – it’s brilliant, said Roger, “and I especially like the view from the three cameras. I really enjoy operating this machine, and it’s ideal for this earthmoving and levelling job.”

Sitting between the 140kW ZX250 and 210kW ZX350 models, the 197kW ZX300LC-7 has an operating weight of up to 32,200kg and bucket capacity of up to 1.62 cubic metres. 

DMJ’s two Hitachi ZX300LC-7s have joined three ZX130-6s on the West Cumbrian pipeline project. The Lincolnshire-based company was initially employed as a sub-contractor to install drainage pipes on either side of the main water pipeline, and is now moving the topsoil back into place before returning the agricultural land to its natural state. 
A large proportion of the work is being carried out in the fields during the spring and summer periods to help reduce the impact on the grassland. When the project is complete, the water will be sourced from Thirlmere reservoir, before being transferred along 30km of the new pipeline to a water treatment plant. After this process, the drinking water will be used for homes and businesses in the West Cumbrian region.

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