Hitachi demolition digger set for bauma debut

HITACHI has vowed to introduce the ZX400MC-7 excavator at this year’s bauma exhibition.

The multi-carrier model is based on a Hitachi ZX350LC-7 standard digger, with Zaxis-7 technology and a Stage V-compliant engine.

The model is one of three new special application machines developed exclusively with German company KTEG, part of the EAC (European Application Center) joint venture with Hitachi Construction Machinery, Co., Ltd in Japan.

Built to meet the requirements of demolition projects, Hitachi revealed it is supplied with up to four front attachments, including a mono boom, two-piece boom, and high-reach demolition front of 21m or 24m.

The ZX400MC-7 is equipped with a full hydraulic control system. Both the boom and attachment can be changed from the operator’s seat thanks to Boom Quick Connect and Tool Quick Connect technology. Versatility is also aided by a triple boom cylinder, extendable undercarriage for 360-degree working, and a longer track frame.

The reinforced demolition cab features FOPS level 2 and front window protection, plus P5A glass. The tilting cab also has camera systems showing ‘multiple’ views, including of the attachment, side and rear of the machine, and a 270-degree view of the surrounding environment. Extra safety features include a load moment indicator and alarm system, as well as the extendable undercarriage and additional counterweight.

The upper structure of the machine has side protection and a reinforced underside for ‘additional robustness’, Hitachi said. The machine also has bucket cylinder protection and reinforced travel drive covers to protect it in ‘challenging’ conditions.

“There is a large demand for 40-tonne-class tool carriers in Europe, so we are delighted to introduce this new model to the European market,” said Burkhard Janssen, product manager special applications and new technologies at Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV. “The ZX400MC-7 will save our customers time and money, reducing the number of machines they need to send to a demolition site, and it will improve performance and safety for operators. We look forward to unveiling it at bauma in October.”