New Hitachi wheeled digger the ‘perfect fit’ for tight spaces

HITACHI Construction Machinery (Europe) NV (HCME) has unveiled a new short-tail wheeled excavator in the form of the ZX135W-7.

The machine has a compact 360-degree swing radius (1,740mm to the rear and 1,750mm at the front). which the manufacturer said makes it an ‘ideal solution’ for sites where space is limited.

Hitachi added that the HIOS V hydraulic system increases front speed and delivers up to 7% less fuel consumption than the previous Zaxis-6 range. The ZX135W-7 has the same engine as the larger ZX155W-7 model.

Attachments can be transported with the optional trailer support package, and they can be changed using the enhanced attachment support system.

The cab’s seat and console have a synchronised motion, designed to ensure operators feel less tired at the end of the day. There’s also a new ergonomic design of the console and switches, as well as ‘convenient’ access to controls. These include features such as cruise control, automatic transmission, and the optional ride control system that suppresses vibrations from the front attachment.

Visibility is boosted by a 270-degree bird’s-eye view with the Aerial Angle camera system. Operators can choose from six image options on the monitor. Hitachi explained that vision through the front window is also improved by the slim steering column and smaller steering wheel.

The excavator is fitted with LED work lights, a windscreen wiper with an increased sweeping area, and larger mirrors. The upper structure and front attachment will lock in place when the machine is in the correct position, for driving on public roads.

“We’re delighted to introduce this highly versatile new model to the market and look forward to showcasing it at bauma 2022,” said Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV excavator product manager Wilbert Blom. “The new ZX135W-7 incorporates advanced technology and pioneering expertise, based on Hitachi’s 50-year heritage in designing hydraulic excavators.

“Its compact size and short-tail swing make it the perfect fit for contractors requiring a powerful, efficient machine to work in small or narrow spaces.”