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Hitachi releases ZX135USL-7 forestry excavator

Hitachi is now selling its ZX135USL-7 forestry excavator in Europe, designed for compact logging environments

Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV (HCME) has launched the new ZX135USL-7 forestry excavator, designed for logging, log felling, loading and digging.

The manufacturer says that its higher ground clearance (560mm) makes travels smoother and easier over uneven terrain, while the short rear swing radius of 1,490mm makes it ideal for working in compact environments.

Hitachi says that the ZX135USL-7 forestry excavator has been designed to achieve a nine per cent fuel consumption saving compared to the previous model, partly due to its HIOS V hydraulic system. Fuel efficiency can be further controlled by using the new ECO gauge, which is accessible via the cab’s multifunctional 8” monitor.

For added versatility, the ZX135USL-7 forestry excavator has a reinforced arm with piping for a breaker or crusher, a quick-coupler and assist piping. A front blade is also available.

Life-cycle costs are reduced with the new Stage V-compliant engine, which does not require a selective catalytic reduction system.

Hitachi says that advancement in cab design mean low noise levels as well as 16 per cent less vibration than the previous generation. New features include the synchronised motion of the seat and console – to reduce operator fatigue – and the adjustable console height.

On the safety side the cab is fitted with a fixed laminated front window and OPG level 2 front guard, and additional lights on the cab roof provide greater visibility in low-light conditions.

Hitachi’s remote monitoring systems, Owner’s Site and ConSite, give operators and owners access to operational data via GPRS or satellite from the excavator to Global e-Service on a daily basis. ConSite summarises the information in a monthly email, while the ConSite Pocket app shows real-time alerts for any potential issues.

The quality of the engine and hydraulic oil is monitored continuously by what Hitachi says is a unique innovation. Two sensors detect if the oil quality has deteriorated and data is transmitted to Global e-Service.

“We’re proud to introduce the ZX135USL-7 forestry excavator,” Hitachi product manager Burkhard Janssen says.

“Its exceptional reliability, efficiency and productivity provide owners with opportunities to increase profits and reduce costs. And its industry-leading cab with first-class comfort and safety features will enable operators to feel at ease and in complete control.”

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