Kawasaki 67Z7 hydrostatic wheel loader coming Down Under
The Kawasaki 67Z7 wheel loader, an all-new utility model that adds hydrostatic transmission and other features aimed at improving performance and fuel efficiency, is being brought to Australia in October by Tutt Bryant Equipment.
"The hydrostatic transmission (HST) consists of two electrically controlled variable displacement axial piston type hydraulic motors in conjunction with a summation gear box," Tutt Bryant says. "A variable displacement piston pump drives the motors.
"Axles are equipped with limited-slip differentials as standard, internal planetaries and dual-circuit wet brakes."
Combined with an Isuzu 4HK1 diesel engine that meets Tier 4i emissions standards, this powertrain package "provides outstanding rimpull power and extremely smooth operation", the company adds.
The Kawasaki 67Z7 wheel loader’s hydrostatic transmission has a ‘creeper’ function which allows for precise first-gear speed even at full engine revs. An inching pedal allows the drive’s piston pump to destroke and slow the machine in any speed range.
Other features include two power modes, a Kawasaki IntelliDig system to balance rimpull and hydraulic power, a Z-linkage for improved digging performance, and Auto Idle Shutdown to save fuel and exhaust filters.
The roomy loader’s cab has excellent visibility to the front and rear, and is touted as having "all of the comforts of home". The standard air suspension seat has multiple adjustments, while a "single, pilot‐assisted hydraulic control lever offers precise control and excellent feel".
On the serviceability side, the 67Z7 has ground-level fuelling, easy-to-access battery boxes and filter, grouped lube points and wide-access gullwing engine access.
The heavy machine can be equipped with a 2.4-cubic-metre general-purpose bucket, or a 2.7-cubic-metre material handling bucket for loose materials. A wide range of couplers and attachments is also available.
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