Hitachi Excavator
Six Models from the Innovator of Hydraulic Diggers

Hitachi has had a long history with compact excavators. Leveraging its own engineering and technology, Hitachi built its first hydraulic excavator — the 6-metric-ton UH03 compact machine — in 1965. The EX60 was introduced in 1987. The EX27U, EX35U and EX50U followed in 2000 and the EX17U in 2001. The ZX60USB-3 was an ultra-short radius machine when launched in 2008. Hitachi compacts have progressively become more efficient, reliable and durable, as well as smoother to operate and easier to maintain. The company just released its sixth compact model — the ZX30U-5, which provides customers an alternative to the popular 3- to 4-metric-ton size class of compact excavators.

Hitachi makes a wide variety of excavators ranging from super-small compacts to massive machines used in mines and quarries. The company’s compact excavator lineup includes the ZX17U-5, ZX26U-5, ZX30U-5, ZX35U-5, ZX50U-5 and ZX60USB-5. The ZX17U-5, ZX26U-5 and ZX30U-5 are the smallest excavators Hitachi sells in North America. These tiny titans are powerful and designed to keep their tails close to their tracks rather than bashing into fences or walls. The company has reduced the size and footprint without sacrificing the Hitachi qualities customers have come to expect — long life, high productivity, multifunction operations, smooth hydraulics and easy maintenance.

The ZX35U-5, ZX50U-5 and ZX60USB-5 deliver the same efficiency, reliability and durability as the preceding Dash-3 Series, with numerous customer-driven enhancements, says Hitachi. Their nimble yet durable design makes it easy for operators to squeeze in and out of small spaces. This makes the machines particularly well suited for rental, commercial/residential building, landscaping, underground and site development segments.

Advice to Buyers

“Determine exactly how you will use your machine and what track is best suited for that application,” says David Young, product marketing manager for Hitachi Construction Machinery-Americas. “Compacts can be outfitted with a variety of tracks. Rubber tracks allow machines to tread lightly, minimizing ground damage. Sturdy steel tracks provide optimum traction and are tough against rocky ground. The third option can consist of a rubber pad attached to a steel chain. The combination of rubber and steel reduces undercarriage weight and balances traction with minimal surface impact.”

Hitachi Construction Machinery-Americas
1515 Fifth Ave., Moline, IL 61265
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