Hitachi unveil new ZW180-7 wheel loader
Next-generation Stage V-compliant machine puts owners and operators in complete control
HITACHI have unveiled the ZW180-7, a smaller next-generation model from their Stage V-compliant wheel loader range, which has been carefully designed to appeal to both owners and operators.
With industry-leading safety features and unrivalled comfort in the cab, Hitachi say operators will feel in complete control of their workspace, whilst owners will benefit from the new model’s exceptional efficiency and maximum uptime, thanks to remote monitoring tools and services provided by Hitachi.
The ZW180-7’s spacious, fully redesigned cab is said to offer some of the lowest noise and vibration levels in the market. Much consideration has also 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 hi-res screen is also easier to view.
Operators will also feel secure in the cab of the new ZW180-7 thanks to its all-round visibility and intelligent systems. With the Aerial Angle camera system, the driver has a 270° 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.
Meanwhile, owners will be able to increase their profits owing to the fuel economy, efficiency, and versatility of the ZW180-7. With three types of lift arms available – standard, high, and parallel – the machine can be used in a wide range of applications.
Faster and more efficient short loading operations due to the Approach Speed Control feature, which reduces fuel consumption by 16%, further satisfy owners’ requirements, whilst productivity is boosted by reduced cycle times gained by the auto power-up function, which automatically increases the rev/min 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, resulting in easier bucket filling, faster cycle times, and higher productivity with reduced fuel consumption.
The new ZW180-7 model also 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 say an ultra-reliable performance to significantly boost uptime is possible because 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, customized to suit the application, and robust ground-engaging tools that are easy to install and replace, further maximizes uptime.
To support owners and operators throughout the life cycle of the new ZW-7 wheel loaders, Hitachi provide 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.
‘With Hitachi ZW-7 wheel loaders, we put our customers firmly in control of their workspace, their business, and their fleet,’ said Bill Drougkas, product manager with Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe). ‘The new ZW180-7 offers a superior experience in the cab and exceeds expectations in terms of efficiency and performance.’