Hitachi launches new “durable and reliable” wheel loader

HITACHI has launched the new ZW330-6 wheel loader, which aims to answer the needs of challenging work environments.

The new machine has been developed following “extensive” research in Europe, the manufacturer explained, with demand for reliable performance without compromising on fuel efficiency, increased productivity and safety and comfort concerns all being “carefully considered”.

The ZW330-6 has an operating weight of 26,040-26,580 kg, a bucket capacity of 4.1-5.2 m³ and a breakout force of 179-211 kN.

Described as being ideal for quarrying applications, the ZW330-6 is powered by a new 232 kW (311hp) Stage IV-compliant engine, while the traction force of the machine has been improved by 26% compared to the previous model, in a bid to offer a more efficient loading operation.

It has been designed with a new rear grille to prevent material from the job site entering the radiator compartment, while the radiators themselves have been improved to offer better resistance to corrosion, Hitachi said.

The ZW330-6 features lock-up transmission that the manufacturer describes as reducing fuel consumption during travelling, which reduces running costs.

The cab features a rear-view camera, curved engine hood and repositioned exhaust pipe and air intake, while LED rear road lights aim to increase the machine’s visibility.

Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV wheel loader product manager, Vasilis Drougkas said, “The ZW-6 wheel loader is exceptionally durable and reliable to meet the needs of our quarrying customers, enabling them to demand more from their equipment, without compromise.”