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New Hitachi ZW180-7 wheel loader

by Kyle Molyneux  |  Mon 10 Jan 2022

New Hitachi ZW180-7 wheel loader

Hitachi has unveiled the ZW180-7, a smaller next-generation model from its Stage 5-compliant wheel loader range, which has been carefully designed to appeal to both owners and operators.

After spending the day in the spacious, fully redesigned cab, Hitachi says operators will feel refreshed rather than fatigued, and satisfied at their ability to work more productively. Its maker reckons the ZW180-7 boasts some of the lowest noise and vibration levels in the market. Much consideration has been given to easy operation with the improved seat with mounted electric pilot control leavers, ergonomic multifunction lever, anti-slip steering wheel, 40% larger and fully adjustable armrest with integrated controller and convenient side switch panel. The high-resolution screen is also easier to view.

With the Aerial Angle camera system, operators have a 270-degree bird’s-eye view of the job site and can work confidently in challenging conditions with the full LED work lights package. If anything is close to the rear of the machine, they are alerted immediately by the rear obstacle detection and warning system. Hitach says owners will be able to increase their profits due to the impressive fuel economy, efficiency, and versatility of the ZW180-7. This model can be used on a wide range of applications, with three types of lift arms available: standard, high and parallel.

Faster and more efficient short loading operations due to the Approach Speed Control feature, which reduces fuel consumption by 16%. Productivity is boosted by reduced cycle times gained by the auto power up function. This automatically increases the RPM to maintain travel speed on inclines. The performance and traction force of the ZW180-7 have also been enhanced by significant improvements to the engine torque. This results in easier bucket filling, faster cycle times, and higher productivity with reduced fuel consumption.

The new ZW-7 model loads trucks more accurately, saving time and money, using the payload monitoring system. In addition, operators can monitor the fuel consumption thanks to the new ECO gauge and performance can be improved with several adjustable functions. Hitachi explains that the ZW180-7 is built with durable components, intelligent prevention systems and easy maintenance features such as the improved cooling package. The use of high-quality Hitachi buckets, customised to suit the application, and robust ground engaging tools that are easy to install and replace, further maximises uptime.

To support owners and operators throughout the life cycle of the new ZW-7 wheel loaders, Hitachi provides a wide range of after-sales services, and access to vital data and tools so they can manage their machine effectively. These include remote monitoring systems, Owner’s Site and ConSite (part of Global e-Service), and the ConSite Pocket app, which help to monitor performance, track location and plan maintenance.

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