Hitachi Wheel Loaders Summarized — 2018 Spec Guide


Previously Branded Kawasaki, the Hitachi Line Gets Relaunched

Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America Inc. will debut its new line of Hitachi compact wheel loaders beginning in 2018. While the brand is new to the North American market, the loader itself is not. Previously branded Kawasaki, and most recently KCM, the Hitachi line of larger wheel loaders was launched early in 2018. Back in 2010 a joint venture was formed between Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Hitachi Construction Machinery to further develop the global scope of the Kawasaki brand wheel loaders. This relationship combined the huge technological and manufacturing resources of Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Hitachi Construction Machinery Group.

In 2016 Hitachi Construction machinery bought 100 percent of KCM Corp.’s stock transitioning to KCMA Corp. In 2018 Hitachi Construction Machinery took the reins transitioning KCMA Corp. to Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America Inc. (HCMA), furthering their commitment to the North American market by introducing the Hitachi brand wheel loader line, offering parts availability, a factory component exchange program, customer and dealer training programs, ConSite, a premiere support program, and a wide range of programs and services.

As HCMA phases out the Kawasaki and KCM branded compact wheel loaders, the new Hitachi wheel loaders are being introduced to the North American market. The ZW50 and ZW80, introduced mid-year, feature efficient Kubota engines, responsive hydrostatic transmissions, limited slip differentials (ZW50) and a travel mode switch. The operator will appreciate a smooth, stable experience, easy-to-read monitor, excellent visibility and the comfort of suspension seats.

On the larger end of the compact loader spectrum, the ZW120-6 will be introduced in the third quarter 2018. Sporting many of the features and benefits of its larger loader offerings, the Hitachi ZW120-6 is a Tier 4 Final-certified, no DPF loader. Offering levels of performance without compromising efficiency, the new Hitachi loaders are proving to be reliable, durable and productive, says the company. Hitachi also says its wheel loaders give you safe, easy operation so that even beginners can work like veteran operators. These user and environmentally friendly machines give you the productivity you need to get the job done. The company likes to note it is dedicated to excellence in manufacturing in order to provide a high-quality product at a competitive price, and it’s committed to supporting its dealers with qualified, well trained personnel and state-of-the-art systems to add value to the end-user customer.

Advice to Buyers

“The compact wheel loader market continues to grow as skid steer owners realize the valuable features and benefits loaders bring to their worksite, application and operators,” says Sam Shelton, marketing manager for Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America Inc. “Consider overall cost of operation for the life of the machine, operator safety, production output and ease of maintenance when making this evaluation.”

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