‘User-friendly’ model is built for comfort


HITACHI unveiled the new ZX26U-5 mini excavator as part of its new line-up at the recent Intermat event in Paris.

Designed to be user-friendly, the Zaxis-5 model can be easily transported between job sites with two additional buckets on a 3.5-tonne trailer. It is ideal for working in narrow or confined spaces, and is suitable for utilities, foundation work, landscaping and indoor demolition or construction projects.

The new model is more productive than previous Hitachi mini excavators of this size, with a quicker cycle time and better fuel consumption.

The extra piping and 1-2 way selector valve highlight the machine’s versatility, allowing for the quick replacement of attachments. The ZX26U-5 also has the smallest front swing radius (at fully offset) in its class, making it ideal for working in narrow job sites. Operator comfort was a key factor in the design of the cab. It features a wide adjustable sliding suspension seat, which is surrounded by user-friendly controls within easy reach.

The enlarged front window has enhanced visibility of the job site and the entrance step has been lowered to provide easier access.

Several new and improved features have been incorporated into the ZX26U-5 to enhance its durability. For example, the front of the machine is fitted with a boom cylinder guard and has a new V-shaped boom cylinder cover with two bolts for added durability. Double clamps on the piping increases the reliability of the piping connection and minimises oil leaks.

Convenient maintenance features are an integral part of the design. The engine and radiator covers have been redesigned to allow easy access.

The tank cover has also been redesigned and more space around the fuel tank opening makes the new mini excavator easier to refuel.

It is also easier to clean than previous models – the dozer blade has been designed with openings to minimise the build-up of dirt and make it quicker to remove. The battery has been repositioned to the same side as the radiator for easy maintenance.

Joep van den Maagdenberg, Product Specialist at Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) said, “The design of the new Zaxis-5 mini excavators is based on the concept of user-friendliness, so we believe they are ideal for first-time users of the machine, such as in the rental market, for example.”