Hitachi’s ZW-5 wheel loaders

Since the release of Hitachi’s ZW-5 wheel loaders, customers are experiencing the significance of an increase in capacity, efficiency and reliability of Hitachi wheel loaders within the waste and recycling industry. 

The biggest model in the range is the 397 kilowatt ZW550-5 with an operating weight of more than 47 tonnes and bucket capacity of up to 7.2 cubic metres. Other new models in the range are the ZW370-5 (289 kilowatts, 34 tonnes and up to 6.2 cubic metres) and ZW330-5 (213 kilowatts, 27 tonnes and up to 5.0 cubic metres).

The wheel loaders use an automotive-style planetary automatic transmission that allows for smooth shifting. Standard traction control and torque proportioning differentials work to reduce wheel spin and extend tyre life. 

Notable features in the ZW-5 range include a new hydraulic circuit that allows for combined lift arm and bucket operation during unloading, while prioritising bucket use for dumping. An anti-drift valve prevents internal leakage that can cause creeping of the lift arm.  

Operator comfort and safety is a key design consideration across the range, including a sloped ladder with wide steps for ease of access, double-filtered air conditioning and a high level of sound insulation. 

Hitachi wheel loaders are suitable for a wide range of applications across various industries due to their dynamic design, advanced technological features and myriad optional attachments.